Don’t accept the kool-aid.

August 17, 2016

Each morning, I start my work day with a breakfast of

Some of the words (like farraginous) I can’t imagine using in my daily conversation. However, today’s word, kool-aid, immediately sparked fond childhood memories of icy cold drinks on hot days and cherry red stains on my shirts. And – as a bonus – an analogy.

Here’s Wordsmith’s definition of kool-aid*: “Something accepted without question. Usually used in the phrase ‘to drink the kool-aid’: to accept something unquestioningly…”

So what’s my point, you ask?

Don’t drink the information kool-aid.

Don’t click on the top link of your Google search and accept it as the answer to your research, patient care, (you fill in the blank) question.

Our professional librarians are experts at helping you find accurate, timely, cutting-edge information.

We spend our time to save you time.

Just ask! We’re easier to reach than ever.  ask a librarian

P.S. the etymology of this word is interesting, too. (O.K., I know…I’m a geek.)

From Kool-Aid, a powdered flavored drink introduced in 1927. It was earlier known as Kool-Ade, from respelling of cool + -ade (a fruit drink, as in lemonade). Earliest documented use: 1927.

This article was submitted by Susan Andersen.

August Classes @ Miner

August 3, 2016

Classes at Miner Library

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

Biostats Boot Camp
Date: Thursday, August 4, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
RefWorks Basics
Date: Friday, August 5, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
Blackboard – New Features Review!
Date: Thursday, August 11, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Biostats Boot Camp
Date: Thursday, August 11, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Blackboard Learn Basics for Academic Courses, Clerkships and Residencies
Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Blackboard Features: Tests and Surveys
Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

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.

Questions about Zika Virus? Check out our special public health guide.

July 29, 2016

With shoe stores trying to sell us winter boots and back-to-school supplies, we almost could forget that it’s still prime mosquito weather. In fact, mosquitoes won’t go away for good until the first freeze, followed by temperatures consistently below 50° F (10° C).

As of July 27, 2016, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) reports 488 human cases of Zika Vimosquitorus. And while all of these cases have been identified as travel-related, we think it’s smart to stay informed.

Which brings us to our special public health guide, “Current Issues,” spotlighting Zika Virus.

There’s even a link that’ll take you to information for kids. (Thank you, Sesame Street!)

Need more information?

♦ 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’ve got so much good news we’re gonna bust!

July 6, 2016

We’re working hard to make your work easier.

You’ve told us what you want and we’re making it happen.

Starting noFreew, for faculty, staff and students at URMC:

• Fees for interlibrary loans………………Gone!

• Charges for document delivery………..Eliminated!

• Loan period for books…………………… Extended!

You know we can get you a copy of that print book or journal article you need, even if we don’t own it, through our interlibrary loan service (ILLiad). It’s fast and convenient, BUT…. you’ve told us that the fees get in the way of your research and scholarship.

We agree. Interlibrary loan service now is FREE.

You know if we do have the print book or journal you need, and you need a copy of a chapter or article, you can ask us to scan the information and send it to you electronically through ILLiad. (We call this ourFree “document delivery” service.) It’s fast and convenient, BUT…. (you know the rest).

We agree. Document delivery service now is FREE.

And finally, about that 2-week loan period for books…

Effective immediately, we are changing the loan period for books from 2 weeks to 3 months (No, you don’t have to keep the book that long, but you can if you need to.)

If you’d like more information about any of our services, talk with your librarian or the fabulous people at our Answer Desk.

Let’s keep the conversations going.


We provide answers and expertise to help you work, learn, and achieve success.”




Calling all researchers! Want more value and less waste?

July 2, 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.

July is UV Safety Month

July 1, 2016

The summer heat and sun have arrived! The joyful days of summer bring swimming, gardening, running in sprinklers, outdoor games and many other activities that can have us in the sunshine for hours.

As we bask in our summer sun, it is important to think about skin safety.

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US? Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer. UV rays also can cause damage to the skin that results in wrinkles and blotches.

Protect yourself this summer from the sun’s damaging rays by taking the following steps:

  • Stay in the shade as much as possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
  • Look stylish and mysterious by wearing a big hat and sunglasses.

In search of other valuable resources on sun safety? Take a look at these links:

CDC Skin Cancer Prevention

CDC — Protecting Children from the Sun

New York State Department of Health — Skin Cancer

Recap what you learned today by taking this quiz from the American Cancer Society.

RefWorks Alumni Program

July 1, 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.



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