Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Top Ten Services: 6...5...

How else can I help you this school year?  Keep reading to find out!

6.  Literature Reviews
Do you ever get the sneaking suspicion that you just haven't found ALL the resources that you should have for your literature review?  Check with me before you submit that lit review, and we'll make sure you've covered all your bases before your submit your work.  We'll brainstorm databases, create new search strings, and even set up some RSS and email alerts to make sure you stay up to date on your topic.  We'll do author and cited reference searches so that you will be completely confident that you've found all of the seminal research on the topic you're researching.  Just set up an appointment with me, and we'll get started.  Of course, if you don't have time to meet with me, maybe you'll want to see a custom tutorial...

5.   Custom tutorials
Databases and website interfaces are constantly changing, and we here at the library try to help you keep up with these changes by posting tutorials on our screencasts page.  However, we know that we may not have included the most recent changes in these tutorials, or that you may need something a bit different than what these tutorials offer.  That's why I use tools like Adobe Captivate, Jing, and Screenr to create custom, on the fly tutorials for your specific research need.  Do you need to find the impact factor for a particular journal?  I can create a 30 second tutorial for you!  Don't quite remember how to search PubMed's MeSH database?  I can take your specific research topic, create a visual example for you, and then send you the link.  It's that easy.  Check out some of the tutorials I've recently posted to this blog!

Stay tuned for tomorrow's installment of the Top 10 Services of the HNFE Librarian!


  1. Hi Rebecca,

    I am a new grad student here in the HNFE department and am so glad I was sent the link to this blog!


  2. Thanks, Tanya! Welcome to Tech! As a new grad student, you may be interested in the 1-credit (pass/fail) library skills class that I teach (totally online) for HNFE grad students:

    Hope to see you soon!