Category: Technical Tips

PubMed is Getting a New Look

by on September 23, 2019 10:33 am
In early 2020 the default PubMed search page will be updated to a new design. The new design will be mobile-responsive so you can easily search using a phone or tablet. Here are a few of the changes: 1. Search results will be sorted by best match by default, NOT by most recent! You have likely seen best match results in… Read more PubMed is Getting a New Look


by on June 21, 2019 9:38 pm
site: Exclude .coms from your search results: tetanus vaccine -site:.comSearch a single website: emergency medicine gamification site:stanford.eduSearch a specific domain: guidelines “urinary tract infections” children filetype: Search the full-text of PDFs: validated resilience physician filetype:pdfSearch other filetypes, including PPT (PowerPoint slides): residents sleep pods filetype:ppt Combine filetype and site searches: Search for PPT slides at Stanford:  residents sleep pods… Read more 3 POWER-TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR GOOGLE SEARCH SKILLS

Four Steps to a Lightning Talk

by on June 1, 2017 7:23 am
Many conferences and symposiums are including the option of lightning talks to increase opportunities for sharing ideas in a quick and efficient manner.  Here are four suggested steps for successfully coming up with a topic and executing your first lightning talk.

R for Data Science

by on May 1, 2017 7:46 am
On an ever popular topic, R for Data Science comes from O’Reilly, a very popular publisher of tech books for non-technical people. Well organized and with thorough explanations and numerous examples to guide readers with no previous programming experience. R for Data Science is designed to get you doing data science as quickly as possible.… Read more R for Data Science

8 New Browsers

by on March 28, 2017 12:46 pm
PC Magazine has an overview of 8 web browsers that provide an alternative to the “Big 4” that most people use (FireFox, IE, Chrome and Safari). Each of the 8 browsers has different sets of attributes that make it a viable or an even better alternative to what you’re using now. Concerned about malware? Try… Read more 8 New Browsers

Tech tip Tuesday - Beware of Crapware

by on February 21, 2017 7:00 am
Trying to save money so you buy a really cheap PC? There’s a reason that PC costs so little: software makers pay to have their software loaded on the PC in advance or on the install disc the store gives you. Uninstalling it proves time-consuming and frustrating. How to Clean Crapware From a New PC… Read more Tech tip Tuesday - Beware of Crapware

Tech Tip Tuesday: The Gene Symbol Dilemma in Excel

by on January 5, 2016 8:15 am
Do you ever open high-throughput data in Excel only to find that some of your gene symbols get converted into date format? Learn how to avoid this dilemma by following the simple steps outlined in Yale’s Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library blog post “Do not let Excel deplete your gene list.” Have any great tech… Read more Tech Tip Tuesday: The Gene Symbol Dilemma in Excel

Tech Tip Tuesday: Subject Portals

by on May 19, 2015 10:15 am
Welcome back to Tech Tip Tuesday! This week is all about portals. No, not those portals – Lane’s Specialty Portals! Lane has a wide variety of specialty portals designed to meet the varied information needs of many of the departments, divisions, centers, and nursing units here at Stanford Medicine. You might be asking yourself, but… Read more Tech Tip Tuesday: Subject Portals

Tech Tip Tuesday: Collaborate on scientific papers with Overleaf

by on April 28, 2015 11:05 pm
Do you want to collaborate with colleagues to write and publish scientific academic papers more effectively and efficiently? Then give Overleaf a try! At the beginning of 2015, Stanford University Libraries started a 1-year trial of 10GB Overleaf Pro for all Stanford University faculty, students, and staff. Overleaf, formerly known as WriteLaTeX, is an online collaborative environment… Read more Tech Tip Tuesday: Collaborate on scientific papers with Overleaf