A long time ago in galaxy (not so) far, far away, there was a list that would identify essential texts for medical libraries. This list was called the Brandon-Hill list and it was a very fine list used by many medical librarians through out the land. But in 2003 there was a disturbance in the force, the list would not go on, it ceased to exist. However, Doody’s Core Titles emerged, filling the void of Brandon-Hill.
James Shedlock wrote an interesting article, “Coping without Brando-Hill is Easy; Replace it with Doody’s Core Titles” describing briefly the history and creation of Doody’s Core Titles (DCT) and the reasons why librarians really should stop looking at the old and super out of date Brandon-Hill list and begin to use products like DCT to assist them with their purchasing.
Now I realize this article is in Doody’s and is written by somebody on the board and is blogged about by a board member (me) as well. So to give you some other perspectives about Doody’s I am also including links to several reviews on DCT so librarians can make an informed decision. Because, clinging to the old Brandon-Hill list is not an option. As James mentioned, “Though the old Brandon-Hill list was free, it was dated and now no longer exists; it is gone and is not coming back.” It is time to move on.
Doody’s Core Titles in the Health Sciences (DCT)
Karen S. Fischer
J Med Libr Assoc. 2005 July; 93(3): 409.
Mark A Spasser
Biomedical Digital Libraries 2005, 2:5 (29 June 2005)