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New and updated LibGuides: February 2019

The A.T. Still Memorial Library at A.T. Still University (ATSU) has many library guides designed to help students and faculty with their research needs. We’ve been busy creating several new guides and updating existing guides to better support the university while the majority of our in-person services continue to remain suspended due to COVID-19. Please check out the new content we’ve created, and if you’d like to see all of the guides we have available you can visit our topics and tutorials index

Newly created guides:

Leadership development
Leadership in the field of healthcare is vital to building a high-quality patient experience, and several studies suggest it is best to begin preparing future medical professionals for the management, communication, and critical thinking leadership roles they will be expected to assume in the healthcare system as early as possible. Gathered on this guide are resources all available through the A.T. Still Memorial Library ranging from popular, basic leadership information, to more detailed resources for the fields of education and medicine. 

Gray literature
Gray literature provides access to research of many clinical trials that have not yet been published or may go unpublished due to no or negative effects. While not peer-reviewed, Gray literature can provide unbiased sources for literature and systematic reviews, as well as sources of current research. ATSU librarians have developed a LibGuide to answer all of the questions you may have regarding Gray literature. This guide defines Gray literature and provides links to its sources, provides evidence of why and when it should be used, how to document its use and how to cite the sources used. Please feel free to contact ATSU librarians for any additional questions regarding Gray literature.

Diversity and social justice
This guide was created as a place for students, faculty, and staff to discover a multitude of resources on the topics of race/racism, the LGBTQ community, social medicine, social justice, health equity/equality, and other vital subjects medical professionals may need to expand their knowledge of to best serve the communities they interact with.

  • Resources include eBooks, eJournals, articles, A.T. Still Memorial Library-supported and industry-recommended videos, as well as recommended resources from ATSU Diversity & Inclusion. Also included are resources available through professional organizations such as the Association of American Medical Colleges, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistant Education Association, and many others.

The content of this guide will be updated consistently as new resources are acquired or suggested, so please visit often. 

ATSU-KCOM library liaison services
ATSU library liaisons provide in-depth information services to all students, faculty and staff. These services are extensive and cover research, instruction and student assistance. To provide a full description of these services, the ATSU-KCOM liaison librarian has created a LibGuide for your reference.

Systematic reviews
The systematic reviews guide explains the process of conducting a systematic review. Helpful resources are provided for each step, along with tips and tutorials on advanced searching. This is a great starting point for any group considering conducting a systematic review.

Literature reviews
The literature reviews guide covers the various types of literature reviews.  A few popular review types are highlighted with an overview of their process and tutorials on doing them.  Example articles of each review type show the final product and provide strategies other researchers have used.  People wanting to conduct a type of literature review, but unaware of the differences should review this guide to select the proper review type for their project.

Updated Guides:
3D printing
3D Print Shop Manager Deb Lougda-Summers has recently updated the lists of resources for finding and creating 3D printing files. Check out download 3D STL files and create 3D STL files to see what’s new! To request a 3D printed model, please reach out to Lougda-Summers at

Predatory publishing
A list of journal recommendations was compiled to help people select a journal when getting ready for publication. This list is not exhaustive, but is a good starting point.  For personalized recommendations, please reach out to your liaison librarian with a brief overview of your project. A list of four or five journals with necessary author information will be provided.

The following guides have had their structures revised and their content expanded: ATSU-MOSDOH dentistry, health professions education, kinesiology, health administration, public health, graduate nursing toolkit, academic writing, and library research FAQ. A new subguide focus for public health – emergency preparedness & disaster response has also been added. 

“What can I still access after I graduate?”

As students transition through their programs at A.T. Still University (ATSU), the question of access is often asked. As your status gets updated from currently enrolled to alumni, you’ll notice that your access to library resources will also change automatically. While it’s important to note that not all library resources will remain accessible after this transition, we offer a variety of resources and services to support alumni in their post-program research and lifelong learning pursuits!

For the most up to date list of accessible resources and services:

  1. Visit the alumni tab of the library website or click here to visit our alumni guide.
  2. Click the linked name of the desired collection.
  3. If an ATSU alumni login is required (and you’re not already logged in), the ATSU Portal will appear. Enter your ATSU credentials.

“Will I still be able to use Still OneSearch?”

Unfortunately, no. After your enrollment status updates to alumni, Still OneSearch will no longer recognize you as an authorized user. Check out the alumni library services guide for alternative resources.

“What if I can’t get access to the resource I need through the alumni resources listed on the guide?”

The library provides access to an assortment of skilled research support for alumni in addition to free & low-cost Interlibrary Loan via the request an article form. Up to five journal articles a month are free, while each additional article per month is +$10.

 “What if I don’t know my alumni login or need the password reset?”

ATSU offers alumni a variety of services through the ATSU Alumni Services site and through the ATSU Portal.

  • Need a password reset for ATSU Portal access? Contact ITS at 866.626.2878.

The Missouri campus library is pleased to announce that it is making its collection of board games available for borrowing outside of the library.

The library has a small collection of medically themed board and study games that have historically been available for in-library use only. As this is not currently possible, we are making them available to take home. We will continue to circulate games outside of the library after hours and services return to normal.

Take note! Some of these are useful for study – but most of them are just for fun. Doctor Wars is really not a reliable source for learning appropriate professional behavior.

Board game loans

  • 1 week loan period
  • Renewal is available on request to if there is no one on the waiting list
  • Board games will quarantine for 72 hours with open box upon return before being loaned again
  • Play board games with members of your own personal pod or batch group

Find, borrow and return games

  1. Visit the board games guide for descriptions, or search for games in the library catalog.
  2. Email with the game you would like to borrow, and date you would like to pick up.
  3. Pick the game up either by:
    1. Making an appointment at the Connell Information Technology Center library door
    2. Asking us to set it in the Commons for you at the library station on a square
  4. Return the game by either:
    1. Making an appointment at the Connell Information Technology Center library door
    2. Setting it in the Commons on the library book return box and send a note to

What do we have for loan?

  • Anatomy Fluxx
  • Chemistry Fluxx
  • Bad Doctor
  • Compounded: Better Gaming through Chemistry
  • Cytosis: a Cell Biology Game
  • Doctor Wars: the Hospital Card Game
  • Organ Attack!
  • Pandemic
  • Pandemic Expansion: In the Lab (requires Pandemic base game)
  • Patient Zero
  • Plague Inc.

A.T. Still Memorial Library‘s Kirksville, Missouri, branch, is pleased to announce it will coordinate the presence of a Smithsonian traveling exhibit in spring 2021. Due to COVID-19 pandemic safety protocols, A.T. Still University (ATSU) has arranged for the exhibit to be on display at the Sue Ross Arts Center in Kirksville, Missouri, where it will be available for limited numbers of socially-distanced visitors. The exhibit will be displayed March 15-April 21, 2021, at the Sue Ross Arts Center, 215 South Franklin Street, Kirksville, Missouri. There will also be a number of virtual and outdoor events. CDC safety protocols will be followed, and masks will be required. 

In 2019, A.T. Still Memorial Library was awarded a grant from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibits and Missouri State Humanities Council to host the “Water/Ways” exhibit, part of a Smithsonian exhibit series designed to promote access to museum exhibitions, research, educational resources, and programming for rural communities. This event was originally planned for August 2020, but was delayed due to the pandemic. From the Smithsonian release:

From above, Earth appears as a water planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital resource for life. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry, and more. It inspires art and music and is needed for everyday health. 

A.T. Still Memorial Library, in cooperation with Missouri Humanities Council, Missouri Arts Council, Kirksville Arts Association, Sue Ross Arts Center, Adair County Public Library, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Kirksville Tourism Board will examine water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element as it hosts “Water/Ways,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program.

“Water/Ways” explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on the landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment. 

The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about “Water/Ways” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, click here

The A.T. Still Memorial Library is excited to announce the addition of the education source database from Ebsco to its collections. A quick search of PubMed reveals that, since 2013, authors from A.T. Still University (ATSU) produced 10-15 articles a year about education in the health sciences.  Education Source adds indexing from 3,500 journals and full text from 600 journals to support this research among our faculty and students.  Education Source adds International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning, Journal of Information Technology Education, and Themes in Science and Technology Education, among others.

To support research to our students and newer faculty, the library also subscribes to SAGE Research Methods (SRM). SRM has a wide array of tools and materials to support you on your teaching, by providing content to support every step of the research process plus hundreds of qualitative and quantitative methods, including interactive tools such as the methods map and project planner. With SRM you can:

  •  Incorporate content into your course management system and create classroom assignments
  •  Curate public reading lists for your students, that can be saved or downloaded
  • Guide your students through every step of the research process, from formulating a research question to writing up the findings

To further support research at the university, ATSU librarians have created LibGuides. In addition to these above resources, our liaison librarians are available to help faculty and students with searching, research help and resource selection for curricular support.

Finally, the following graphic gives an overview of services available at each campus due to our campus COVID-19 restrictions.

Good luck to our students this semester in your studies! Let us know how we can support your research needs. Please email me with any questions, kudos, or concerns at


Hal Bright

University Library Director

Love Data Week is an annual international celebration of all aspects of data. Celebrated Feb. 8-12, 2021, take some time to think about data in your work life and your personal life during this week of celebration. The A.T. Still Memorial Library has provided information on four themes for Love Data Week.

There are several online events hosted by the National Library of Medicine on various aspects of open data. Attendees will learn about the spirit of open data. There will be four 30-minute “coffee chat” sessions on Monday through Thursday. Listen to experts discuss their work and answer audience questions in an informal setting. On Friday, as part of the RDM Webinar Series, join a moderated panel discussion with all the week’s speakers to discuss bigger questions about their experiences working with open data.

If you need assistance on getting started or following best practices for working with data, contact the library or visit our data services guide. The guide provides resources and helpful information on all aspects of the data life cycle.

by Adrienne Brodie, MLS, liaison librarian for ATSU-ASHS & ATSU-SOMA