Welcome to the Health Sciences' Libraries researcher support page. The Libraries are committed to meeting the research needs of all members of the university community through the innovative use of tools, services, and resources. On this page, you will find information on developing ideas, finding grant funding and complying with mandates, managing your information and your online presence, open access, publishing, copyright, and data sharing.
Developing Ideas and Finding Funding
- Librarian Liaisons to your school or department are available for assistance with subject specific searching. You can schedule a one-hour consultation for one-on-one assistance or place a Literature Search Request (U of M Student/Staff/Faculty ONLY)
- Systematic Review Service: Are you planning to conduct a systematic review? Let us help you! The librarians at the Bio-Medical Library are expert searchers who can support and guide investigators in conducting comprehensive literature searches for systematic reviews. Complete the Systematic Review Literature Search Request Form to get started working with a librarian from the Bio-Medical Library.
- Understanding Research Study Designs: A brief video introduction to study designs including case studies, case-control studies, cohort studies, randomized controlled trial (RCT), systematic reviews, and meta-analysis. Also available as a web page or pdf
- The CTSI Research Toolkit helps investigators and their teams find the resources they need to conduct research at the University of Minnesota. Here, you’ll discover research tools, templates, information, and guidance developed by a wide range of sources, from University organizations to federal agencies.
Grant Funding Search Tools
- A searchable database of funding opportunities in all disciplines, Pivot (formerly Community of Science) offers precise alerts and excellent keyword searching and includes federal, non-federal, and international sponsors.
- Foundation Directory Online offers full-text search capability for over 80,000 foundations.
- The Office of the Vice President for Research maintains listings for OVPR funding, internal funding opportunities, and extramural coordinated funding opportunities.
Grant Submission Tools
- SciENcv is an online tool made available through MyNCBI that allows researchers to create a profile (NIH Biosketch) for use when applying for NIH grants. A step-by-step overview is available in this SciENcv video.
Understanding Funder Mandates
- In 2013 the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directed most U.S. grant-funding agencies to develop policy requirements on sharing federally grant-funded research publications and data.
- The Libraries tracks federal public access requirements and data sharing requirements. It is the responsibility of the awardee to ensure that these requirements are met and we have developed services to support meeting the NIH public access policy requirments and data management and sharing requirements broadly.
Managing Projects and Information
Personal Information Management
Citation management software is more than a means of generating bibliographies. These are powerful tools for organizing documents and citation information both for independent work and for sharing with colleagues. The Libraries offers support for Zotero, EndNote, and Mendeley, as well as providing both training for and subscription access to RefWorks.
Personal archiving allows you to identify your most relevant content, organize and maintain it, and preserve that content for long-term use. Learn tips, tricks, and tools for managing your PDFs, electronic notes, photos, research data and more on the Libraries’ Personal Archiving page.
Establishing and Enhancing Your Online Presence
- Experts @ Minnesota: Web-accessible profiles of University faculty based upon their collegiate and departmental affiliations as well as their publications. Built using public data on faculty (names, contact information, department and college affiliations, and grant award information) and matched with publication and funding data harvested from the Scopus. This information can be augmented with publications imported from other sources, such as Mendeley, CrossRef, and WorldCat.
- The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) hosted a series of career development seminars in 2014, some of which focused on social media for researchers and its application to research studies.The slides and recordings have been made available on CTSI’s web site.
Researcher IDs and Research Impact
Researcher IDs disambiguate authors--they’re a means of telling one researcher from another, even if the names are similar. IDs allow researchers to ensure that their work is being appropriately attributed to them.
- Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCiD ID): An international and interdisciplinary registry of researchers which provides a unique digital identifier and creates a consolidated record of professional activities. Your ORCID can be integrated with your Scopus Author Identifier and ResearcherID to create a more robust profile.
- Scopus Author Identifier: Automatically assigned when you publish an article in a journal indexed by Scopus. This Scopus Help Menu provides information on requesting corrections, setting up author alerts, and evaluating author performance. Maintaining your Scopus Author Identifier means that your list of publications and citation metrics in Scopus (your total citation count and h-index, for example) are correct.
- ResearcherID (Web of Science): Very similar to the Scopus Author Identifier, but associated with publications in Web of Science.
- Altmetrics can provide a means of showing the more immediate impact of work in a social realm. They include social media activity, coverage in media outlets, and inclusion in policy documents or scholarly commentary, among other types of activity.
Making Your Research Available
The University of Minnesota Libraries are committed to helping authors and editors explore the publishing options that make sense for them. We do support and encourage use of Open Access options, recognizing the benefits that Open Access provides to authors, to the University, to the people of Minnesota, and to scholars and others all over the world.
The University Libraries' Copyright program is focused on addressing the campus's informational and educational needs around copyright. We offer an expanding menu of education and training opportunities, including this website, personal and small-group consultations, tailored and course-integrated instruction, and workshops on fundamental copyright and scholarly communications issues.
- Journal/Author Name Estimator (JANE): Trying to find a journal in which to publish? Copy your title and abstract into JANE and it will search all of MEDLINE to find similar articles and rank the journals that published them based on that similarity.
- Interested in depositing your work into a repository but unsure of your publisher’s policies? SHERPA/RoMEO is a database of publisher policies on open access.
- can provide you with impact factors of the journals you're considering publishing in.
- Looking for an Open Access journal? The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) indexes open access, peer-reviewed journals.
- If you’re concerned about the reputation of a publisher, the Libraries' Assessing a Publisher page offers questions to consider when reviewing publishing options.
While there is no single data repository for all biomedical and clinical data, below is a small sample of different data repository options. For a more comprehensive list, consult NIH’s table of supported data sharing repositories.
- Dryad: For data sets underlying peer-reviewed, published articles in basic and applied biosciences
- dbGAP (Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes): from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a database of GWAS data
- BIRN (Biomedical Informatics Research Network): an NIH-funded project that includes fMRI datasets
- National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program: supported by NIH and the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, a multi-disciplinary resource focusing on data relevant to addiction and HIV research.
- NeuroMorpho: digitally reconstructed neurons associated with peer-reviewed publications
- DRUM (Data Repository for the University of Minnesota): an institutional data repsitory providing long-term digital preservation and open access to data
We recognize that data sharing in the health sciences can pose significant and unique challenges related to confidentiality and personal health information. Please see the NIH publication “Research Repositories, Databases, and the HIPAA Privacy Rule” for an extensive discussion of these issues.