February 2018 classes by Miner Library

February 7, 2018

Classes at Miner Library

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

RefWorks Basics
Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
EndNote Basics
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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.

UPDATE Problem Solved: EndNote Word 2016 Update for Mac Users

January 23, 2018

The January 18 update to Word 2016 is not compatible with EndNote.

You will not have Cite While you Write available in Word. For a quick fix, you can join the Beta group and test the patch.

We will keep you posted moving forward.

For more information, you can visit EndNote’s support site.


UPDATE: EndNote has fixed the compatibility issue with Word 2016’s update. Make sure you install the latest update from EndNote.

Here’s what you need to fight colds and flu this season

January 4, 2018

In case you missed the headlines, cold and flu season is officially upon us.

If you’ve been clipart sitting with a group of people in an auditorium or classroom recently, you know what we’re talking about. Sneezes, sniffles, and coughs are all around us!

Heck, we sure don’t want to get sick. Do you?

So, let’s take some precautions to stay healthy.

The resources listed below provide some key information on the common cold and flu, prevention, how to recognize symptoms, and what to do if you, unfortunately, get sick.

The Basics
MedlinePlus Flu
MedlinePlus Common Cold
MedlinePlus What to Ask Your Doctor 

CDC Stop the Spread of Germs
Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Wash your hands

What happens if I get sick anyway? Figure out what you have: https://medlineplus.gov/magazine/issues/fall06/articles/fall06pg19.html
Common Cold: How to Treat at Home

Need a good laugh? Here’s a Hamilton inspired rap about the flu vaccination.


ORCID: An Introduction

January 2, 2018

What does ORCID stand for?

ORCID stands for Open Researcher & Contributor ID

How do I obtain an ORCID?

You can register for an ORCID via the ORCID Registration page.

Why should I obtain an ORCID?

ORCID provides a unique persistent digital identifier that allows researchers to distinguish themselves from every other researcher.  The ID offers a mechanism to distinguish individuals with common names, and are not affected by name changes, cultural differences in name order, inconsistent first-name abbreviations, or the use of different alphabets.

How can I associate publications with my ORCID?

Most scholarly publishers accept ORCID’s during manuscript submissions. If you give publishers permission to do so, they can automatically update your ORCID profile when the submitted article is published.

You may also import publications, patents, grants and other works into your record any time.

You will then be given several options for searching for, importing or uploading publications to your profile.


If you’d like more information about ORCID or other author identifiers, please use the following links:


If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact your librarian for assistance.


Getting the most from EndNote – Adding and fixing references

December 8, 2017

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.

EndNote screen snap











• 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.

Breaking news! E-access to WSJ in 4.5 easy steps.

November 2, 2017

What’s better than a bucket full of Halloween candy?

How about having the Wall Street Journal at your fingertips? Electronically. Like at your desktop or on your mobile device?

Heck, yes!

We’ve partnered with the Simon School and River Campus Libraries to make it happen…WSJ online.

Gotta say, we’re pretty excited.

Here’s the “How to” in 4.5 steps.

Have ready:

• Your NetID and Password. If you don’t know (or don’t remember) your NetID or Password, University IT has a self-help page: http://tech.rochester.edu/services/netid/  or you can call UIT at 275-2000.

•Your URMC email address.

So let’s get started.

  1. Go to: https://partner.wsj.com/partner/universityofrochester
  2. After you enter your credentials, you’ll see the Create Account dialog box.
  3. Enter your first name, last name, and select an appropriate account type (student, staff, or professor). Enter your URMC email address. (The field may auto fill.)  Your email address must end in edu.  That’s a biggy. You cannot use your personal email address.
  4. Almost done… Now, check the “I agree to” box…

4.5   …and CREATE.  (This step is just too easy to give it a full 5.)

Now you can log in to WSJ.com directly or use the apps on your iOS or Android device.

Pretty great, eh?

Questions? Comments? Contact us at 275-2487 or by using the Ask A Librarian page on our website.

Nope! We’re not trading these cards for anything!

September 19, 2017
Dr. Thomas Electric Oil - front

Trade card (front) advertising Dr. Thomas’ Electric Oil, a remedy prepared by Foster, Milburn & Co., Buffalo, NY

When we say “trade cards,” what comes to mind?

Maybe those cards depicting baseball players, with all those tiny numbers on the back? The ones collected and traded by children of all ages?

It may surprise you to know that we have more than 2,600 trade cards! But they have nothing to do with baseball players, and we wouldn’t trade them for anything. They’re part of the Edward C. Atwater Collection of American Popular Medicine.

Trade card (back)

These late 19th and early 20th century cards advertise patent medicines, mineral waters, dietary supplements, and other health products; everything from breath freshener to Coca-Cola.

The rapid development of new consumer markets in the post-Civil War U.S. created a need for an effective national advertising medium, a need met by the lithographed trade card. Today, these colorful cards offer a glimpse of the society, culture, and economy in which 19th century Americans lived. The fact that these palm-sized pieces of paper have survived for over a hundred years in such excellent condition is amazing.

Over the last four years, we have been scanning the trade cards in this collection and uploading them into UR Research. (Enter Atwater Patent Medicine Trade Cards in the Search field at the top of the page.) All 2,600 cards haven’t been scanned yet, but we’re working on it. We just scanned and uploaded the two-thousandth card.

What’s UR Research?

UR Research is an institutional repository developed and hosted by the River Campus Libraries. It provides storage and access for dissertations, preprints, research data, and similar materials.

UR Research also can provide researchers with a private, secure workspace for collaboration with other researchers. Once you set up your own workspace, you can give controlled access to others.

For questions about UR Research: Use the Contact Us form