Calling all researchers! Want more value and less waste?

June 24, 2016

valueAuthor David Moher wrote a well-cited commentary in THE LANCET encouraging researchers to involve librarians in three specific areas of research.

The commentary appeared in the April 16, 2016, issue. It’s a quick read (489 words; 1 minute) and easily is accessible through PubMed:

Here are some of our favorite takeaways:

♦ Librarians, as part of a research team, can assist with searching “to assess the extent of uncertainty and identify relevant ongoing research.”

♦ “Librarians could be involved in peer reviewing the search strategies used to identify evidence in support of funding applications to identify any issues, including relevant evidence that has been missed by the literature search.”

♦ “Biomedical journals might consider the role of a literature search reviewer who could review possible inadequacies in the literature search process for submitted papers.”

♦ “Establishing the three roles outlined above could contribute to more meticulous funding decisions and to the publication of better research.”

We totally agree.

And there are so many easy ways to contact your librarian! You can:

♦ Phone (585) 275-3361.
♦ Use the Ask A Librarian link on our website.
♦ Just stop by! We have lots of different places to sit and chat.
♦ Schedule an appointment using our new
“Meet with a Librarian” online scheduling feature meet with a librarian

We look forward to working with you.

High Noon at Miner Library Presents: Hidden Gems of Upstate New York, June 29 at Noon

June 16, 2016

LakeOntartioUpstate New York is one of the most underappreciated places on planet Earth. We are home to some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers in the world, stunning hiking trails with breathtaking views, rich history, vibrant arts and culture scene, and outstanding food.

Join us on June 29 for High Noon. Miner librarians Linda Hasman and Liz Grace will explore all things Upstate New York. Find out the best places to hike and camp. Learn about the museums, theaters and other cultural points in our region. We will also touch on important Upstate New York history. (Did you know that Fort Ontario was the only location in the United States that housed Holocaust refugees?) Learn about the carousels of Binghamton, and where to find the best lake view while enjoying a delicious meal (Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-in in Oswego), just to name a few. Many of these destinations are just a day-trip away!

Maybe we’ll even settle the age-old debate – What or where is Upstate New York anyway? (probably not…)

Join us at noon on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in the History of Medicine Room at Miner Library. Feel free to invite your colleagues and bring your lunch! For more information, contact Linda Hasman at 275-3399.

June 2016 Classes by Miner Library

June 1, 2016

Classes at Miner Library

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

BIO101: The Biology of Cancer
Date: Friday, June 3, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
EndNote Basics
Date: Monday, June 6, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
RefWorks Basics
Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Blackboard – New Features Review!
Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Making Sense of Your Gene, Protein or Metabolite List: Secondary Analysis
Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cancer at the Systems Level
Date: Monday, June 13, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Intro to Mendeley Class
Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
Blackboard Basics for Academic Courses, Clerkships and Residencies
Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Learning R via SWIRL: Monthly Meet-Up
Date: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
EndNote Basics
Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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.

RefWorks Alumni Program

May 23, 2016

Did you know that you can keep your RefWorks citations when you graduate or leave the University of Rochester?  It’s simple.  Before your NetID expires, just create an alumni account and transfer your folders and citations to the new account.  Click here for instructions.  

RefWorks is an online program that helps you organize your references/citations. You can access it from anywhere, upload documents (such as articles or even your own paper) and search all your citations and attachments.   Want more information?  Miner Library offers classes and one-on-one instruction on using the program.  Click here to register for an upcoming class or contact your liaison librarian for more information. Contact us by email, by calling (585) 275-2487, or by using the Ask A Librarian page on our website.


Voyager intermittent down time starting 6/20

May 23, 2016
 Corona Del Mar Rocks © Sydney Deem, Dreamstime Stock Photos

Corona Del Mar Rocks
© Sydney Deem | Dreamstime Stock Photos

University of Rochester libraries will be upgrading the Voyager library system software between Monday, June 20, and Wednesday, June 22.

You may experience intermittent issues using Voyager during these three days.

Will you notice any significant changes after the upgrade? No.

This Voyager upgrade mostly will deliver new features and functionality for library staff, to help us with all that behind-the-scenes work we do for you.

If you have questions or need help during the software upgrade, please contact our Answer Desk professionals at (585) 275-3361.

Oh, and that beautiful photo we included in this article? It’s got nothing whatsoever to do with Voyager, or software or libraries. It’s just plain awesome and we wanted to share it with you!

Still wondering where to publish?

May 22, 2016

If you’ve read our previous post on identifying and avoiding predatory publishers, you’re well on your way to finding the right journal in which to publish.

Well done! You’ve mastered Step 1.


Ready for Step 2? Awesome. Let’s do it!

 checkmark-orange As you look at the table of contents, do you think your article will be a good fit?
 checkmark-orange What types of articles are published? Original research, review, case study?
 checkmark-orange What is the quality of the accepted articles and authors?
 checkmark-orange What is the main subject area(s) covered by the journal (particularly when the research is cross-discipline)?
 checkmark-orange What is the acceptance rate of this journal?
 checkmark-orange Who is the publisher of this journal?  Do you recognize the publisher?
 checkmark-orange What associations or organizations are affiliated with the journal?
 checkmark-orange Do you recognize any of the names of the editors of the review board?  Are the editors affiliated with established institutions?
 checkmark-orange On what platforms is the journal available? Web, print, or web and print?
 checkmark-orange What is the number of paid circulations?
 checkmark-orange How often is the journal published?
 checkmark-orange What is the time to publication?
 checkmark-orange Where is it indexed?  Medline, PsycINFO, CINAHL?
 checkmark-orange Is the journal peer-reviewed?
 checkmark-orange What is the reputation of the journal?
 checkmark-orange What is the impact factor?
 checkmark-orange Who is the declared audience?

For more information about journal rankings and reach, check out InCites™ Journal Citation Reports® and Ulrich’s Web  (This is licensed content, so you’ll be asked for your UR status and affiliation before being directed to the resources.)

Still have questions?  Your liaison librarians are here to help. Contact us by email, by calling (585) 275-2487, or by using the Ask A Librarian page on our website.

High Noon at Miner Library Presents: “Two LiBEERians and a High Noon,” May 25 at Noon

May 11, 2016

Craft beer has become increasingly popular over the last decade.  In Rochester alone, we have seen the arrival of over 10 new breweries since 2010.  So what’s the big fuss?

Join us on May 25 for the High Noon series as two beer snobs share their love and knowledge of all things beer.

Librarians Dan Trout and Daniel Castillo will discuss some of their favorite beers, tips on how to better appreciate good beer, and suggestions on where to go in Rochester.

Join us at noon on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in the History of Medicine Room at Miner Library. Feel free to invite your colleagues and bring your lunch! For more information, contact Daniel Castillo at 275-6873.

About the speakers:  Dan Trout and Daniel Castillo

Dan Trout is our Nursing Librarian Liaison and has been with Miner Library since 2013.  He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo in 2012 and prefers brown ales and India pale ales.

Daniel Castillo is a Liaison Librarian and has been with Miner Library since 2015.  He received his MLIS from Syracuse University in 2015 and prefers porters and stouts.


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