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SOMA Faculty LibGuide

A guide for SOMA Faculty to learn about library support.

Liaison Services

As the SOMA Librarian, I am here to assist you with all your library needs.  I provide a wide range of support for faculty and staff, in terms of research and teaching.  This is not an exhaustive list, but only some ideas of how a Librarian assists.  You may also send your students to me for help.  

Services for Faculty & Staff

Research Teaching

Literature Searching

Recommending library content for course material

Journal recommendations for publication

Assisting in embedding library content into course material

Reviewing suspicious journal inquires
(Predatory Publishing
)

Course Reserves

EndNote Assistance

Conducting library sessions for students

3D printing

Developing custom library related tutorials

Systemic or Literature Reviews

Guidance on Copyright

Data Services

Access Issues

Ficus Tech Lab Library Purchases
Create a custom LibGuide
Article requests for difficult to find citations

Services for students

  • Guidance on literature searching
  • Training on all library resources
  • Exam Prep (resources or training)
  • EndNote Assistance
  • Answering library related questions
  • 3D printing
  • Citation formatting
  • Access Issues

Literature Searching

Literature search requests can be sent via email to abrodie@atsu.edu.  You may request literature for a research project, an idea to improve medical education, or to see what new literature is out there.

When requesting a literature search, helpful information to include is:

  • Topic overview
    What are you looking for?  What do you not want articles on?
  • Limitations on results
    These could include publication date range, geography of studies, disciple specific research, etc.
  • Time line of when the information is needed
  • Search results format
    Would you like the results as a list of citations and abstracts to review, or as an RIS file to import into EndNote?
  • Is this a one time search, or would you like to set up a recurring alert?

A list of relevant articles are sent to you for review.  If you feel the articles are off topic, you may request a revised search request in a new topic area.  

You may also request the full text of articles listed, by providing the title or record number of the results.

Journal Recommendations

Journal recommendations can be requested via email to abrodie@atsu.edu.  The journal recommendations will be titles for you to consider for publishing.

When requesting journal recommendations, helpful information to include is:

  • The topic and a brief overview of your project
  • Journal areas you feel will be a good match
  • If you will publish open access or not

I will send you a list of about 5 journals to review.  The method for finding relevant publications begins with a search for articles that are similar in nature.  Journal ranking lists and the NLM catalog is also reviewed for relevant publication titles.

Depending on the availably of information, you will receive:

  • Journal name with links to homepage & about section
  • The scope of publication and publication start date
  • Publisher information
  • Author information
  • Time lines for accepting publication and decisions
  • Peer review status
  • Open Access Publication fees (if requested)
  • Indexing information
    Such as PubMed, EBSCO, Scopus, Web of Science, etc
  • Journal impact factor, Scopus ranking, & SJR ranking
  • Any specific information you request

You may also review previous titles recommended on our Predatory Publishing Guide.

Journal Review

If you receive an email asking for you to publish in a journal, be an editor, or attend a conference that seems suspicious, it may be predatory publishing.  You may forward the email to your Liaison Librarian to review if the email is legitimate or not.

Examples of Predatory Emails

To evaluate the journal or conference yourself, use our Predatory Publishing Guide for assistance.

 

Library Content for Courses

Recommending Library Content

The Library has a large online collection of books, videos, apps, and more.  It can be overwhelming if you do not know where to begin.  Your Liaison Librarian can save you time by recommending library content.  Your request should include the type of information needed, and what format it should be.  You will receive a list of resources, with the proper link formatting that you can easily embed into your course.

Embedding Library Content

Library resources need to be formatted a specific way to ensure access.  You can not use the URL you see in your browse and copy/paste that into your course material.  For assistance properly formatting the links, contact your Liaison Librarian at abrodie@atsu.edu.

Instructions on Creating a Permanent Link to a Library Resource

Course Resources

The Reserve collection is built with the reading lists in each program.  Your Liaison Librarian reviews the new list each year to verify we provide access to all texts, either electronically or in print.  You may add print books to the collection for students to use by bringing a copy to the library front desk and asking for it to be put on reserve.  You may leave the book for the entire term or for a specific length of time.

Copyright

While Librarians are not copyright experts and cannot offer legal advice, we can provide some guidance on copyright and fair use.  Send copyright questions via email to abrodie@atsu.edu with what you wish to use and how you will use it.  Library resources are considered Fair Use for course readings and reserves.

Copyright Guide

A.T. Still Memorial Library Copyright Policy for Course Readings and Reserves

Library Tutorials or Instruction

Tutorials

Custom tutorials can be created to embed into course material.  You may request tutorials to be written or as a video.  Tutorials can be on how to find certain types of information, how to get started and use a specific resource, or helpful information students will need to complete an assignment.  

Sessions

A Library session can be requested for students before an assignment, in the beginning of the term, or before a major exam.  The session can be in person or as a webinar.  

Sessions taught in the past include:

  • Library overview and digital scavenger hunt
  • Literature searching basics
  • Advanced literature searching with PubMed
  • Point of Care Resources (UpToDate, DynaMed, etc)
  • Overview of PICO and how to find relevant articles
  • Exam Prep Resources and getting started
  • Evidence Based Medicine and library resources
  • Predatory Publishing
  • Research Data Management
  • Systemic Reviews
  • Copyright

Access Issues

Access issues can occur with library resources due to the size of our collection and the various resources we use.  For help, you can email your Liaison Librarian at abrodie@atsu.edu or the Electronic Resource Librarian Lora Hanson at lorahanson@atsu.edu

Resource Status

Technical issues are reported through the Resource Status twitter page, found on the Library Homepage.

eBooks

If you can not access the full text of an eBook, please let us know.  The book may have been removed from our collection by mistake, or it could be a platform issue.

eBook Support

Article full text

If you can not access the full text of an article, send an email to abrodie@atsu.edu.  You will either receive the full text or the article will be requested on your behalf.

You may also use the Report a Broken Link option in Still OneSearch.  This will notify the Library, and the full text will be sent to you ASAP.  

 

Common issues and fixes

UpToDate

Access to the UpToDate app stops working.

If you are off campus, start at the ATSU portal and go to the library website.
2. Click on our Database page
3. Under Popular & Core Databases, click on UpToDate

  • If you get to a "Sign in with an OpenAthens account" screen, search for ATSU under "Find Your Organization" by searching for A.T. Still University.  You will need to re-log into the portal.  Then you will need to click "Log Out" in the top right corner and re-log in with your UpToDate username and password.
  • If you get right to UpToDate, you just need to log in with your UpToDate username and password.

Library Help Hub

 

Library Purchase Requests

Purchase requests can be sent via email to abrodie@atsu.edu.  Library staff will review and make a decision on whether to purchase or not.  Decisions are based on availability, cost, and a positive impact on our collection.  

Helpful information to include in the request:

  • Book- Title, book format (eBook or Print), reason for purchase
  • Journals - Title and reason for purchase
  • Other electronic resources - Title, link to resource, and reason for purchase

Data Services

Data Life Cycle Research Data Management Needs Librarian's Role
Plan Research Data Management Plan

Assist in writing data management plan (DMP)
Provide Guidance on Funder requirements on your DMP
Recommend tools and resources to creating the DMP
Offer Best Practices for a DMP

Collect Data Collection

Locate data sets to reanalyze for research
Suggest data repositories to search for data set
Qualtrics Support

Assure Data Quality Control 

Assist with naming conventions and data formatting
Create a data table to ensure quality
Advise on Versioning of files
Recommend proper file formats for preservation and sharing data
Prepare datasets for a wider audience with data clean up and removing PHI
Offer Best Practices for data collection

Describe Documentation and Metadata

Locate relative metadata standards for research project
Assist in creating metadata
Map terms to proper vocabulary or terminology
Consult on documentation to allow others to reuse or interpret results

Preserve Preservation plans for data Locate a data repository to preserve data
Upload Data sets to a repository
Provide guidance on funder or publisher's repository requirements
Assist in making data sets more discoverable in repository
Offer Best Practices for Storage and Back ups
Discover Sharing Data

Create a doi or persistent id for discoverability
Help measure citation impact
Recommend metadata standards for increased discoverability
Recommend repositories for sharing data
Assist in Funder requirements for sharing data
Ensure data meets FAIR data principles
Locate a data journal to submit dataset
Offer Best Practices on sharing data

Integrate Integrate multiple data sets Assist in Documentation to explain how multiple files fit together
Analyze Convert an observation from a derived data product

Assist in documentation or planning for data analyzation
Offer Guidance on reproducibility
 

 

Create a Custom LibGuide

LibGuides are internal facing websites you can use for courses, research, or overview information.  To request a custom LibGuide, contact abrodie@atsu.edu.  

The LibGuide will be created for you.  You will also receive an account if you do not already have one.  You will be trained on the basics of LibGuides, such as how to add different types of content and how to set up the layout.  You may assign multiple people to be editors of a specific LibGuide.

Article Requests

Article requests for a difficult to find citation can be sent to your Liaison Librarian at abrodie@atsu.edu.  We have a large network of libraries to contact and locate a copy for you to borrow.

Instructions on using our Interlibrary Loan Service