Getting the Most from EndNote

August 17, 2017

You already know that EndNote is a citation management tool.  It’s invaluable when it comes to organizing your research. Plus, it saves you tons of time creating your in-text citations and bibliographies.

But did you know that you can use EndNote to automatically download PDFs of full text articles available through our current subscriptions?  It is easy to set up and even easier to use.

•Select the Edit tab and then click on the option for Preferences… (For Mac users: Click on EndNote  in the toolbar and then click on Preferences.) 

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•From the EndNote Preferences window select the Find Full Text tab on the left hand side

•In the OpenURL Path: field enter and under the Authentic with: URL: field enter

•You can also check the box next to Automatically invoke Find Full Text on newly-imported references to have EndNote add the full text PDFs every time you import new results into your library

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•To locate PDFs of the full text for an article, highlight the article(s) you want, select the References tab, and then click on Find Full Text…

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•You will be prompted to enter either your NetID or URMC Active Directory credentials (you can use this feature from home without using VPN)

•You will notice notifications on the left hand side of EndNote of how many PDFs EndNote was able to locate under Find Full Text heading

•You will see a paperclip icon next to an entries that now have a full text PDF attached, you can access the PDF from the right hand side of the EndNote window

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•Select the tab from the right hand panel with the title of the PDF and click on the Open PDF button to the left to open the PDF.

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To learn more about EndNote sign up for one of our classes or schedule a meeting with Daniel Castillo (275-6873).

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.

Measuring scholarly impact has never been so cool or so colorful

February 1, 2016

You’ve probably used impact factor and h-index for measuring your scholarly impact.

But have you heard of altmetrics?

Jason Priem, a founder of the altmetrics movement and author of “Altmetrics: A Manifesto” tells us:

“Altmetrics is the study and use of scholarly impact measures based on activity in online tools and environments. The term has also been used to describe the metrics themselves–one could propose in plural a ‘set of new altmetrics.’ Altmetrics is in most cases a subset of both scientometrics and webometrics; it is a subset of the latter in that it focuses more narrowly on scholarly influence as measured in online tools and environments, rather than on the Web more generally.”

Altmetrics look at how often an article is:

♦ Downloaded
♦ Stored in a citation management program
♦ Shared via social media
♦ Cited in non-traditional publications
♦ Mentioned in the news

You may have seen what is commonly called the “Altmetrics Donut” and wondered how the score was generated.  Here’s a breakdown:

News: 8
Policy Documents:3
Blogs: 6
Twitter: 1
Facebook: .25
Wikipedia: 3
Google Plus: 1
F1K: 1
Sine Weibo:1
YouTube: .25
Reddit: .25
LinkedIn: .5
Pinterest: .25

altmetric donut requires a subscription to the service and also an account.  At this time, we do not have an institutional subscription, but there are free options available to individuals.

For further reading on the topic, we recommend:

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.

What should I do? A journal I’ve never heard of just asked me to submit a paper.

February 1, 2016

Finding the right journal to publish your article is challenging. Predatory journals make the process even more difficult.

Predatory journals may promise a quick turnaround from article review to publication. They may not disclose article processing charges (APCs) up front, but can demand payment for publishing at a later date. They offer little to no editorial services and may not be peer-reviewed. Predatory journals often create new open access journals with names similar to legitimate journals. Their websites, journal metrics, stats and editorial board members are often fabricated.

How big is this problem?  According to the “Beall’s List” there are over 900 identified predatory journals. So, how can you protect your reputation and your wallet?


Start here:

Ask yourself:

• Is it a predatory journal? (This article from ThinkSCIENCE defines the problem and offers advice and tips.)

• Is the title on Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers?

• What fees will you be charged? What are the Article Processing Charges (APCs)?

• Can you rescind your submission at any time?

• Have you received unsolicited e-mails or even SPAM?  Are there grammatical errors in the correspondence?

• Have you heard of the publication name?  Does it sound a lot like another established journal?

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

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.

Traveling this summer? Take a look at these 5 free translation apps

May 14, 2015

What’s one of your biggest worries when traveling in a foreign country? Being able to communicate, right?

I mean, you get off the plane and…

– Where can I get a taxi?

– Where’s the bathroom?

– Is that snake poisonous?

One of my fave technology writers, Brien Posey, recently wrote a feature for TechRepublic that helped put my mind to rest. In “Overcome the language barrier with these five free translation apps,” Brien highlights:

1. Google Translate

2. iTranslate

3. Translate Me

4. Ask Ziggy


In the interest of full disclosure, I don’t have a smartphone; so I couldn’t personally put all these apps through their paces. But I trust Brien, and I do have access to an iPad. Two of the five are available on iOS, in addition to Android and Windows Phone.

I found iTranslate to be intuitive and easy to use, offering “80+ languages at your finger tips.” Many of the languages offer an audio option, as well as text.

So far I’ve had fun virtually traveling to dozens of countries, including Turkey, Denmark, Japan, Italy, and Greece, asking everyone my favorite question, “Where is the closest library?”

Wikipedia tells me that determining the origin of language in the human species is considered by some to be “the hardest problem in science.” Using iTranslate and these other apps? Pretty easy!

Posted by Susan Andersen

Try our new touchscreen, register for a library class, and take a selfie!

August 4, 2014

touchscreen“It’s new!”

“It’s cool!”

“It’s neat-o!”

But don’t just take our word for it, stop by Miner Library and give our new touchscreen class registration system a test drive for yourself.

We’ve set up the touchscreen right up front, next to the Answer Desk, to make stopping in and registering for library classes both fast and fun.

Many of you may remember that the old online registration system was not so fast and not so fun. But thanks to some crackerjack programming by Tom Nichols, and a grant from Friends of University of Rochester Libraries, all that “not so” stuff is in our past.

You can, of course, access “Classes @ Miner Library” web page from your own desktop, but it’s not as much fun.

Oh, and because you’ll be done registering so quickly,  you’ll have plenty of time to take a selfie. The desktop keeps the five most recent selfies in rotation.

Eddie took a selfie without registering for a class, and that’s OK, too!

Eddie Bruin

Affordable Care Act Information

December 4, 2013

What is the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services:

March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law makes preventive care—including family planning and related services—more accessible and affordable for many Americans.

Learn more about the ACA law here.

ACA Enrollment begins October 1, 2013, for coverage beginning January 1, 2014.

Selected resources for information about the ACA.

♦ Get Up-to-date information about enrollment and implementation.
♦ Read about key features of the Affordable Care Act.
♦ View a video about the new Health Care Marketplaces which will be going live October 1, 2013.
♦ Look up your state’s plan on state-by-state fact sheets.
♦ Here are the top 10 things to know about the health care law for special populations including women, clinicians, small businesses, and others.
♦ Sign up for text and email updates (scroll to the bottom of the page) about your state’s ACA implementation.

What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?

The Marketplace will assist in identifying and selecting a health care plan that will meet individual and family needs. Open enrollment begins October 1, 2013.

A toll free number available 24/7, staffed by a customer service representative can answer questions about the health insurance Marketplace.  The number is: 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).

New York State is offering information about the Marketplace through NY State of Health. NY State of Health is where individuals and families will shop for, compare, and buy health insurance coverage.

Also, you can get help with Obamacare at the Rochester Central Library.

Getting Ready for “Obamacare” (also known as the ACA)

The YouTunes “Get Ready for Obamacare” video is a fun and easy-to-understand look at the way individuals, families, and businesses will obtain health coverage.

Key Resources

♦ and its Spanish language counterpart is the website developed and maintained by the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Devoted to information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this site provides assistance in understanding the Insurance Marketplace for individuals, families, and businesses. It also answers questions for those with expanded concerns, women, youth, special needs, and those with chronic conditions.

♦ Blog posts from provides additional information and personal stories to assist individuals to better understand the new health insurance options.

♦ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Federal government website providing information and links to sites related to the ACA. Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight provides in-person assistance in the health insurance marketplace for consumers to enable them to make informed choices when selecting health insurance options.  These assistants can be navigators, certified application counselors, or agents and brokers.

National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health produced this website in plain language on information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues.  Under Health Topics, Health Insurance, you will find considerable resources on ACA.

♦ National Networks of Libraries of Medicine
Comprised of eight regions within the US, the mission of the NN/LM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing access to biomedical information.  Many regions have a resource-rich website providing ACA information.

♦ Middle Atlantic Region (NY, NJ, Penn, Del)

♦ American Library Association (ALA)
American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling and Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan Hildreth issued the following joint statement:“Providing resources that help librarians answer patron requests for health insurance information furthers the long-standing commitment of both IMLS and ALA to make information more widely available to the public. We are delighted to help connect libraries to these resources so they can provide timely information to their customers.

While libraries provide information in a way that best suits their own communities, IMLS and ALA stand ready to help all libraries prepare for the anticipated increased demand for health-related information.”

Additionally, ALA has a website with information on the role of libraries in responding to inquiries on the ACA as well as providing links to key resources from related organizations and agencies.

♦ Medical Library Association (MLA)
MLA is providing background information on the ACA, including a summary and implementation timeline on the provisions of the bill, highlighting those of specific interest to the medical library community.

♦ State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles
Here you’ll find an in-depth look at the progress each state is making in setting up health insurance marketplaces (exchanges).

♦ Kaiser Family Foundation
The Topics Page on Health Reform provides extensive information on health reform and the ACA.

FAQs on Health Reform