Using the Lens database for staff publications




Research Output, Repository, Staff Publications, Citation Analysis, Patents, Lens Database, Resource Review


In a rapidly changing landscape, many health sciences libraries are looking to increase the support they provide for research in their organization. The Lens database is a free platform for enabling discovery of both scholarly and patent literature.


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