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Clinical Faculty & Preceptors in Medicine

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Librarian Research Support

Librarian Support for your Research

Librarians at the Health Sciences Library are happy to provide you with instructional support as you develop your search strategy.  Often faculty will enlist students in projects, who then work closely with a librarian to develop a good quality literature search.  Our rigorous approach assumes that your project will produce a scholarly output, whether it be a grant application, scholarly article,  conference presentation, or poster. In addition to supporting the search protocol, we assist students and faculty who are new to research on the basic processes of systematic reviews, data management, authorship, publishing, and impact measures.

What can I expect during a research consultation?

When you become involved in a research project, it is advisable to arrange for a consultation so that we can review your search strategy. Your first research consultation will last approximately 45 minutes. Consultations are a learning partnership, with the research team member taking the lead on developing the search strategy while we provide guidance and feedback on how to refine the search. 

How can I prepare for my consultation?

The checklist below will help you prepare for your consult.  The Library has created a series of short tutorials that cover the basics of database search skills. Please view the tutorials before your appointment, attempt your search, and save your search strategy by creating an individual account. If you have articles on your topic, bring those to the first meeting.


Grant Support and Research Collaboration

Librarian's availability to participate as members of your research team is on a case-by-case basis. In this context, the librarian would develop the search protocol and conduct a comprehensive search of published literature. In lieu of a fee-for-serve, the librarian would be given authorship on any published works generated by the project.


Types of Research

Research Resources

Author Identity (ORCID)

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

Preparing for Your Consult

  Send your research question or research protocol

  Send full citations for 2-3 articles relevant to your research [if available]

Harris, M.R. (2005). The librarian's roles in the the systematic review process: A case study. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 93 (1), 81-87.  [Example]

  View HSL's database tutorials

Select one based on your topic:

  Create a personal account in Ovid MEDLINE

  Translate your research question into a searchable search strategy