Tuesday Two.Oh! is not meant as an endorsement, but as an exploration of the tools that are out there. Click at your own risk. 🙂
Today on Tuesday Two.Oh! we’ll be taking a look at a site aggregator for medical articles, journals, podcasts, and vodcasts. Medical research can be a time consuming and intense process, requiring a lot of time spent searching and combing through medical journals or medical journal databases. What todays site aims to do is to bring together the most recent publications of major medical journals and present them in one place. Today’s tool is Clinical Reader:
From the site:”At this moment, high impact research and health news articles are scattered across hundreds of sites. That´s far too much for any reader to follow. Welcome to Clinical Reader, a truly quality collection of accessible clinical, scientific and health literature aiming to ease information delivery to the medical community. Focus your time, discover new links, fine-tune your online experience in a bid to effectively manage online clinical browsing.”
The one thing I would like to mention before we start taking a serious look at Clinical Reader, is that I’m writing this from home. I strongly suspect that if you’re using this site from campus or from another place with a recognized IP address, linking into these articles will not be a problem. However, I’ll be writing from the point of view of a home reader.
Clinical Reader does not have a log-in function, and is therefor does not have a personalization aspect. On the site, they did mention that log-in capabilities may be forthcoming.
Navigation on the site is generally straight forward. On the homepage, there is an interactive visual menu which will give you access to various journal titles and other websites dealing with the medical field.
In addition to this interactive menu, there is a standard navigation bar on the upper left hand side of the screen with a few navigation options. That said, the layout of the site seems to be very blog driven. Below the interactive menu there are posts, very much in blog fashion. This is the section of the site that readers might be the most interested in- there are several posts of interest including The Journal of the Month, information overload, related blogs, and various announcements.
The Journal of the Month is an editors pick to highlight a specific medical journal.
The post will provide you with links to a couple of different sources- including the Journal itself, information about the publishing entity, and links to the articles contained within that publication of the journal.
This is the place I suspect that being connected on campus or in a subscribing medical institution would help in access to the journal articles. Those of us in the library world are familiar with these kinds of safe-guards through passwords and IP recognition. Accessing this site from home, without the benefit of an institutional password or IP restricts my access to the linked articles. This is normal practice, as institutions really do pay a lot of money for this kind of content.
The path as it looked for me was a series of new pages being opened in my Tabs.
And, my home dead-end:
I would be very interested to know if users currently sitting at a subscribing institution can get access to these journals. If you can click through and access the articles, please let me know!
As a note, Clinical Reader suggests users log into Athens. Athens recognizes your subscriptions, and will provide access to the journals to which you subscribe- but it appears that Athens is a service for purchase, so you will have to have access to Athens as well.
Clinical Reader also has a News section, which pulls in news stories relating to the medical field. Keep in mind that the visual menu on this page is not interactive like the menu on the home page.
The last feature of Clinical Reader we will take a look at is the Multimedia content.
The Multimedia content is not password protected, and free for all to absorb. This aspect of the site is welcome after the frustration of denied access for the articles.
In closing, I liked the idea of this site better than I enjoyed the functionality. However, I have to point out that I have done very little medical research in my professional career. I wonder if the content can be accessed from a recognized IP- if it cannot, then I don’t see how this sites adds ease in article discovery over database research.
The site is currently in beta, which means improvements are likely forthcoming. I would be interested to know what medical students and researchers think about the site. As always, thoughts and comments are welcome and encouraged.