Andrea C. Kepsel, MLIS, AHIP 
Health Sciences Educational Technology Librarian 
Michigan State University Libraries 


Elsevier’s Scopus launched in 2004 and is an abstract and citation database with content curated by independent subject matter experts. As of January 2020 [1], Scopus contained over 77.8 million records, with the majority being published post-1969. Subject coverage is primarily the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. There is also a social sciences subject cluster that includes titles in the arts and humanities. In addition to peer-reviewed journals, records in Scopus consist of trade publications, book series, conference papers, and patents. Coverage isread more

Catisha R. Benjamin, MLIS 
Manager of Library Services, Children’s Hospital Colorado 
Adjoint Faculty, University of Colorado Anschutz – Health Sciences Library 
Doody’s Special Topics Lists Inaugural Editorial Board Member 

This is an update of a review I wrote that was published in the December 2017 issue of Doody’s Collection Development Monthly. You can find the original review here


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Jerry Perry, MLS, AHIP, FMLA
University of Arizona
Past Chair, MLA InSight Task Force 

John Gallagher, MLS 
Yale University 
Chair, MLA InSight Steering Committee  

A version of this article first appeared in MLA Connect in August 2020 and is now posted on the MLA website. This version is presented here with the permission of the Medical Library Association. 

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Written and peer reviewed by experts in practice and academia, the 20th edition of the Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs: An Interactive Approach to Self-Care is an authoritative resource for students and for health care providers who counsel and care for patients undertaking self-treatment—nonprescription drugs, nutritional supplements, medical foods, nondrug and preventive measures, and complementary therapies. Its goal is to develop the knowledge and problem-solving skills needed to assess a patient’s health status and current practice of self-treatment, to determine whether self-care is necessary or appropriate, and,read more

In 1899, the American drug manufacturer Merck & Co. first published a small reference book for physicians and pharmacists titled Merck’s Manual of the Materia Medica. It was meant as an aid to physicians and pharmacists, reminding doctorsread more

Since last year, we have received 22 titles in the specialty of Biochemistry, with 14 of those titles having been reviewed. The books range in price from $29.99 to $1,200.00; however, the average cost is $210.45, and the median cost is $175.00. Doody’s Core Titles 2020 features 13 titles in Biochemistry from seven publishers,read more

Peter J. Kennelly has served as Editorial Review Group Chair for Biochemistry since November 2019. During that time, we have sent him 45 books; 27 of which have been reviewed.  

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