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WEBINAR Sept. 29 | Literature search on a connected path

With Elaine Reynolds, Lafayette College; Rick Misra, Elsevier | Sept 05, 2017

Literature search on a connected path webinar presenters: Elaine Reynolds and Rick Misra

“What if researchers — particularly those new to certain disciplines or to research itself — could have a Wikipedia-like experience that was streamlined and trusted?” This is the question that led two neuroscientists on a fascinating journey to improve literature search, from exploring users’ needs to applying cutting edge technologies.


Students in an introductory and a higher-level class were assessed to determine where they were doing their research, their comfort level with reading reviews and primary literature, how frequently they came across unfamiliar terms, and how they handled cases where they needed additional clarity. Then they were provided the beta version of ScienceDirect Topics, an enhancement to the database that provides links within journal articles to 80,000+ topic pages with citable and trusted definitions that are contextualized within a discipline. 


Did it make a difference? Find out by attending the Library Connect webinar:


Literature search on a connected path

Friday, September 29, 2017

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. North American EDT (16:00-17:00 BST, 17:00-18:00 CEST)





  • How researchers interact with content via a task-oriented approach
  • Next generation tools based on natural language processing, machine learning and neural networks
  • Literature search use cases from multidisciplinary to undergraduate needs
  • Applying a discovery enhancement, ScienceDirect Topics, in the classroom
  • Assessing students’ mastery of primary literature




Elaine ReynoldsElaine Reynolds, Associate Professor of Biology and Neuroscience, Lafayette College


Elaine has 20+ years of experience teaching undergraduate courses, focusing on writing skills, critical analysis of the primary literature and research design. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education and is chair of the Aging Studies Program. She earned a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University and did postdoctoral work at Stanford University, University at Buffalo, and UC Berkeley. More …


Rick MisraRick Misra, Discovery and Innovation Manager, Elsevier


Working within Elsevier’s ScienceDirect group, Rick is interested in knowledge extraction and representation in the STEM fields. He also holds positions as a collaborating scientist at the Scripps Research Institute and as an adjunct lecturer at the University of California, San Diego. He earned a PhD in neuroscience, anatomy and cell biology from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. More …




Registration is required for this live one-hour webinar. It will be broadcast internationally and includes time to ask the presenters questions during the session. The webinar is a complimentary event and part of Elsevier's Library Connect program for academic, medical, corporate and government librarians.


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