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Services for Faculty & Clinical Staff

Library Liaison Program

Every Medical Center department is partnered with a professional 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
• Classes, small group and individual instruction on effectively using PubMed, CINAHL, EndNote, RefWorks, Mendeley and bioinformatics tools.
• 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.


Patient Care


• Information Prescriptions

Miner's professional librarians will obtain accurate, easy to understand, relevant and up-to-date information on diseases, conditions, procedures and tests from a variety of trusted sites and deliver the results via e-mail or hard copy to your patient. Clinicians may choose to review the information first. The service is available to UR Medicine physicians, nurses, social workers and other members of the health care team. To request Information Prescriptions for your patients contact your library liaison or complete the Information Prescription form.

Research and Publishing


• Literature Searches

Miner's professional librarians can conduct in depth searches of the medical, nursing and allied health literature to find the most current and reliable information for patient care, research, presentations and papers. To request this free service contact your library liaison or complete the Literature Search Request Form.


• Bioinformatics Consulting & Education Service (BCES)

Miner's Bioinformatics Specialist offers workshops, courses and one-on-one consultations for faculty, postdocs and students who need help locating and utilizing the tools needed to process and analyze bioinformatics data. Sign up for a class or contact Helene McMurray, PhD at Helene_McMurray@urmc.rochester.edu or 275-6940.

• 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 library 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 library 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.


Teaching and Course Development


• Building Your Course in Blackboard

Miner's Online Learning group provides training and assistance in using Blackboard for URMC faculty and staff. Sign up for a basics or advanced class at Classes@Miner or visit Blackboard Documentation for Instructors for detailed instructions. If you still need help contact URMC Blackboard Support at blackboard@urmc.rochester.edu or 275-6865.

• Creating Video and Rich Media for Your Course

Miner's Online Learning group also supports several rich media tools such as Articulate, SCORM and Panopto that can be used to create interactive, media rich content for your course. Visit the Tools for Creating Rich Media Online Learning Content website for more information about these tools. Contact Blackboard Support at blackboard@urmc.rochester.edu or 275-6865 to get started.


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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