February 2022
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TMC Library

The TMC Library is Offering the Following "Brown Bag" Webinar

Confirmation Bias in Research
This virtual class will cover what confirmation bias is and how it can affect research. There will be examples of confirmation bias with a focus within the medical/health research field. There are ways to avoid confirmation bias, which involve critical questions for the researcher to ask themselves when formulating a research topic. Other ways of combatting confirmation bias also involve seeking help from a librarian! This class will review these safeguards and describe how the TMC Library can assist you! 
Are Open Access Journals

Cited More Often?
A recent article by (Langham-Putrow, A., Bakker, C., & Riegelman, A. 2021) published in an Open Access (OA) journal has confirmed that OA articles are cited slightly more often in scholarly publications than those articles available only through paid access. It has long been suspected that articles published in Open Access journals reach bigger audiences than those published in a traditional scholarly journal. This is sometimes referred to as the “Open Access Citation Advantage” (OACA).

Open Access content is freely accessible to all, with no access fees charged to the user. This means that scholars and researchers whose institutions lack a subscription, or researchers who lack institutional affiliation, can access the book or article online without paying a fee.

The downside is that many OA publishers with name recognition and prestige charge article processing fees to the author, and these can be as high as $3,000. Some journals deemed “predatory” seek to take advantage of scholars’ need to publish. It may even be difficult for an author to determine what is a legitimate journal from a predatory one, since both charge the author fees to publish in them. Predatory journals often display what appear to be legitimate editorial boards on professional websites.  When in doubt, the  Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) maintains a curated list of reputable peer-reviewed open access journals.

The TMC Library subscribes to Cabells Nursing/Health Journals and Predatory Reports which includes open access model used, author submission details for over 3,400 nursing and health journals, and lists of predatory journals in these fields.

Additional information on Open Access journals and a list of traditional publishers in the biomedical sciences who maintain OA journals can be found in the TMC Library Blog.

Texas Black Woman Physician 

Carrie Jane Sutton, MD

Carrie Jane Sutton, 1921. [IC 058 Texas State Board of Medical Examiners records, McGovern Historical Center, Texas Medical Center Library] Carrie Jane Sutton, 1921. [IC 058 Texas State Board of Medical Examiners records, McGovern Historical Center, Texas Medical Center Library]
February 8 is National Black Women Physicians Day!  The McGovern Historical Center highlights one of many amazing Black women physicians in early Texas. In 1950, less than 6% of doctors nationwide were women. Of that number, less than 2% of women physicians in the United States were Black. To practice medicine as a Black woman in the south prior to the start of the Civil Rights Movement that is why celebrating these women’s accomplishments is so important.

Dr. Sutton's complete biography and accomplishments are listed in the McGovern Historical Center Blog.

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Sunday                       1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Effective July 6, in accordance with public health guidance for shared spaces, masks and social distancing are recommended and encouraged while inside the TMC Library.

We appreciate your help keeping everyone safe and healthy.

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