Take an “anytime” break @Miner with our new game collection

April 20, 2018

You’ve probably noticed our chess table, but did you know we have a growing collection of other games as well?

Albert Einstein once said, “To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play…”

We’ve found tdice and playing pieceshat taking a break and doing something fun clears and relaxes our minds. And when we’re less stressed and don’t feel pressured, we’re more creative. So, we got together and donated a collection of games to share with you.

During your next well-deserved study or work break, stop by our Answer Desk to borrow any of the following games:

♦ Operation
♦ Scrabble
♦ Apples to Apples
♦ Pictionary
♦ Pass the Pigs
♦ Coup
♦ Checkers

We hope you’ll try one the next time you want to de-stress!

Do you have some favorites that we don’t own? Let us know. We may decide to expand our collection.

Want to improve your clinical skills? Have you tried reading comics?

April 20, 2018
(Reading time: Less than 3 minutes)


Then you should stop by and take a look at our new graphic medicine collection, made possible by a generous gift from Friends of University of Rochester Libraries.

Some people say “graphic novels” or “graphic medicine” and others say “comics.”

But what’s the difference?

Not much.

Basically, it’s the subject matter.

Graphic medicine is defined as, “the use of comics to tell personal stories of illness and health.”

The main characters in these comic books aren’t Superman, Catwoman, or Captain America. They’re not fighting bank robbers and bashing bad guys.

The heroes of these stories are ordinary people. They use imagery, insight, and humor, even while taking on painful, difficult issues like sexual abuse, cancer, and mental health. Their comics help patients and caregivers alike get in touch with the emotional side of illness, treatment, and recovery.

In their 2010 analysis, “Graphic medicine: use of comics in medical education and patient care,” Michael Green and Kimberly Myers argue that comics also are a valuable tool for medicine.

British Medical Journal, copyright 2010

“To read a comic effectively, you must understand not only what is overtly seen and said but also what is implied. This is because much of the action takes place outside the boundaries of comic panels in the blank space known as the gutter. Thus, readers of comics, like doctors in the exam room, must determine meaning by inferring what happens out of sight and without words.”

From a patient perspective the use of graphic stories is nothing new. Graphic images have been used in public health education for decades covering a range of topics from seat belt use to vaccination awareness to pain scales. These graphic campaigns have been so successful because the images bridge the divide where there are verbal communication challenges.

With your UR ID you can borrow items from our graphic medicine collection for three weeks.

Want to browse through the titles in our graphic medicine collection from your own comfy chair? Just throw “graphic medicine” in to the basic “Title Keyword(s)” search box in Voyager (our online catalog).

Voyager catalog



We think this collection is marvelous, and we look forward to expanding it in the future. What do you think?

Let us know.

Submitted by Susan Andersen

April 2018 Classes by Miner Library

April 4, 2018

Classes at Miner Library

Here are the classes offered by Miner Library for the upcoming month:

RefWorks Basics
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Essentials of Data Management
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
EndNote Basics
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Podcast Basics
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

For a full list of Miner Library’s classes, visit our Classes page.

Have a question? Contact Miner Library’s Answer Desk @ 585-275-3361.

Take your cadaver with you!

April 3, 2018

Miner Library has recently purchased Visible Body, a resource that has 3D, easily rotatable images, just like in the movies!  You can check out the skeleton, muscles, circulation system, physiology and many move amazing visual guides to the body.


Visible Body is available on the desktop or your mobile device.  There are five mobile apps available for the iPad and three for the Android device user.


There are great animations for providers to show their patients how the body functions and moves.  This resource is especially useful for medical, nursing, and dental students to help them understand the human body.


Even if you just need to know which muscles help you smile, check out Visible Body.


Any more questions?  Contact your librarian.  We are always here to help.

Getting the most from EndNote – Adding and fixing references

March 31, 2018

You just noticed a mistake in an EndNote-generated reference.

What do you do?

Or maybe you need to cite something you cannot import from PubMed or another database.


Whatever you do, don’t make the corrections directly in the document.  This can lead to errors in your citation or bibliography or even worse…a corrupted document file that will no longer open properly.

The best way to deal with these is to use the New Reference and Edit Reference options in EndNote.

Here…we’ll show you.

Using the New Reference option is a great way to include citations from sources like a speech or a poster.

• Select the References tab and click on New Reference

• Be sure to select the proper Reference Type from the pull down menu at the top of the screen and then enter all the pertinent information.

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• You can also attach a PDF by selecting the paper clip icon at the top of the screen.

EndNote screen capture









Now let’s tackle editing references.

• Go to the References tab and click on Edit Reference. This will take you to the Edit Reference entry screen. From here, you now can safely correct any mistakes in the appropriate field.

• After you have fixed any errors, you can make these corrections appear in the document by going back to Microsoft Word, selecting the EndNote tab, and clicking on Update Citations and Bibliography.

EndNote screen capture

And you know you can download EndNote at no cost to you, right?

River Campus Libraries provides a site license for EndNote that allows University of Rochester employees (including faculty) and students to download this software on work or personal computers at no charge. Both Mac and Windows versions are available. You’ll need your UR NetID to download the software.

Go to the River Campus Libraries EndNote page for instructions on downloading the software and a link to the download site.

To learn more about EndNote, sign up for one of our classes or schedule a meeting with Daniel Castillo.

March 2018 Classes by Miner Library

March 7, 2018

Classes at Miner Library

Here are the classes offered by Miner Library for the upcoming month:

EndNote Basics
Date: Monday, March 12, 2018
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
RefWorks Basics
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

For a full list of Miner Library’s classes, visit our Classes page.

Have a question? Contact Miner Library’s Answer Desk @ 585-275-3361.

Data Management Class Scheduled for April 19, 2018

March 6, 2018

Data Management: Planning and Best Practices

Many major funders, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention require a plan for managing data. A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a formal plan that outlines how the data, including both physical and digital, will be handled over the course of the research project and beyond.

This class will cover the practical tips and essentials of data management, including:

• Data management plans (tools, checklists)
• Methods for describing data
• Best practices for file naming
• Data storage and reuse
• Citing data

Please join us on Thursday, April 19, at 2 PM in SRB 1.412.

Please register here; space is limited.