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Services for Faculty & Clinical Staff

Your Liaison Librarian

The liaison librarian program is the heart of all Miner's services. Every Medical Center department is partnered with a librarian who is that group’s go-to person for any and all information needs. Some of the services your liaison can provide are:

• Free literature searches of PubMed, CINAHL, PsycINFO and other biomedical databases.
EndNote, RefWorks or Mendeley instruction and troubleshooting.
• Group or one-on-one instruction on effectively using library resources.
• Answers to patient-care questions.
• Accurate, trustworthy information for your patients through Miner's Information Prescription program.

Go to Miner's Staff Directory to find your library liaison.


Services for Researchers and Authors


• Bioinformatics Consulting & Education Service (BCES)

Miner's Bioinformatics Consulting and Education Service (BCES) offers one-on-one consulting and a variety of workshops for faculty, postdocs, and students on many bioinformatics topics, including experimental design, data analysis and interpretation, and training in the use of a variety of tools for high-throughput biological studies. Moreover, the BCES is part of a collaborative network of information and bioinformatics services at the University of Rochester, allowing us to refer patrons to other resources to meet their needs. 

Whether you're just getting started with genomics and bioinformatics or you're an experienced user looking for a new perspective, sign up for a class, browse through our web-based resources on Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology or Biostatistics and Computational Biology or contact Helene McMurray, PhD at Helene_McMurray@urmc.rochester.edu or 275-6940 for one-on-one help.

• Systematic Reviews

The Institute of Medicine, PRIMSA, and the Cochrane Collaboration all recommend consulting with a librarian when developing a systematic review. Miner librarians are specially trained in developing search strategies and methodologies for systematic reviews and can collaborate with your research team to:

• Develop an appropriate search strategy for your question including identifying relevant terms.
• Conduct literature searches in multiple databases.
• Organize and maintain search results using tools such as EndNote, RefWorks and Excel.
• Write or co-author the methodology portion of any resulting manuscript.

Contact your liaison for a systematic review consultation.

• NIH Public Access Policy Compliance

NIH requires that all peer-reviewed papers based on NIH-funded research be submitted to PubMed Central within three months of publication. Miner librarians are experts on this policy, experienced with the NIH Manuscript Submission System, and have special tools to monitor each paper's status. We can make compliance easier for you and your research team.

See Miner's NIH Public Access Policy page for detailed information including publisher policies or contact your library liaison for assistance.

• Animal Testing Alternatives

Miner's librarians can help you meet the literature search requirements of the Animal Welfare Act. Investigators doing their own literature search can consult with a librarian to develop relevant search strategies for their specific protocol. Alternatively, a librarian can perform the literature search for you. There is no charge for this service.

See Miner's Animal Testing Alternatives page for detailed information including several tip sheets.

• EndNote, RefWorks, and Mendeley Instruction and Troubleshooting

Your liaison can troubleshoot problems with the EndNote, RefWorks, or Mendeley bibliographic citation management programs or arrange training either for groups or individuals.

Visit our Writing, Citing & Publishing Guide for more information.

Services for Instructors & Instructional Support

Other Services

• On-Call Librarian

An on-call professional librarian is available 9 AM - 5 PM (Monday-Friday) to consult with you on any information need including literature searches, EndNote, RefWorks, Mendeley, and resource access problems. You can reach the on-call librarian at 275-2487, Miner_Information@urmc.rochester.edu, or by visiting Miner Library.

• Classes/Consultations

Miner provides group and one-on-one instruction for all library-supported databases and technologies including EndNote, RefWorks, Mendeley, PubMed, Web of Science, CINAHL, Blackboard, and bioinformatics tools. Contact your library liaison to arrange a consultation or visit Miner's Classes page to register for a session.

• Order Articles and Books Not Owned by Miner

Journal articles and books not owned by Miner can be ordered from other libraries using the ILLiad system. In addition, if you are unable to come to Miner, you can order copies of articles from Miner's older print journals using ILLiad. There is a small charge for this service. See Interlibrary Loan & Copy Service for more information.


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