Our MedRef email reference service is primarily intended for:
  • Faculty, staff, and students of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Researchers with questions about resources unique to the Bio-Medical Library

Reference staff monitor the account periodically during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00). Our goal is to send you a response within one business day. If this turn-around time is not fast enough to meet your needs, you may call our reference desk at (612) 626-3260. In-person requests are taken at the Reference desk, 2nd floor Diehl Hall.

Email reference questions should be of the "ready-reference" type. e.g. asking for health science related facts, statistics, or citation verifications (maximum of 5 cites).

As with in-person or telephone requests, we will spend approximately 10-15 minutes researching your topic. For more in-depth questions, we may refer you to other sources or suggest you schedule a meeting with a librarian.

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