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House Calls: Guide to Services

Our new house call service

The Health Science Center Library is pleased to offer house calls to HSC students, faculty, and staff!  Your liaison librarian will meet you in your office, clinic, or lab to provide information and assistance on a variety of topics.  Group sessions are also available.  Here are some of the many topics we'd be happy to discuss and estimates of how long they might take:

Service or Product

Estimated Time


General Information

New Faculty Orientation

60 min

Includes information about library services, catalog, off campus access, interlibrary loan, databases, ebooks, ejournals, and subject guides.

Off Campus Access

10 min

Accessing library resources from off-campus as fully as possible.

Finding Full Text at UF

15 min

Through eJournals, PubMed icons, PubMed Central, and Google Scholar.

Using Interlibrary Loan

10 min

Learn to request materials not available through the library using ILLiad and Loansome Doc systems.

Evaluating Search Results

30 min

Reading abstracts and methods sections for relevance and quality.  Using the evidence pyramid.

NIH Manuscript Submission

20 min

Submitting papers to PubMed Central in compliance with the National Institutes of Health public access mandate.

Introduction to 3D printing

20 min

Overview of 3D printing technologies, the UF libraries' 3D printing service, basic 3D modeling tools and online model repositories.


PubMed Overview

30-60 min

Perform better searches using Medical Subject Headings, filters, advanced search, etc.

MyNCBI & ScienCV

10-15 min

With My NCBI you can save searches and data important to you. ScienCV is NIH's tool for creating biosketches.

Clinical Queries

10 min

Filters for evidence-based medicine or medical genetics.

Topic-Specific Queries

5 min

Pre-formulated searched on retracted publications, NIH-funded literature, health services administration, comparative effectiveness research, cancer, Health People public health objectives. Links to sources for IACUC, CAM info and research reporting guidelines like CONSORT.


15 min

Medical Subject Headings and constructing a search in PubMed.

Limits and Advanced Search

10 min

Limiting searches and combining searches using history.

PubMed for Handhelds

5 min

Mobile accessible PubMed tools.

Using PubMed as an Evidence-Based Resource

30 min

Perform better searches by using MeSH, Limits, and Clinical Queries

Alerting Services

Email Alerts from Journals/Databases

10 min

Table of contents, saved searches, etc.

RSS Readers and Subscriptions

30 min

Information aggregators and organizers.

Databases and Journals

Evaluating Journal Quality

25 min

Using Incites Journal Citation Reports (JCR) online and Ulrich's to find impact factor, Eigenfactor, and Article Influence Score.

AccessPharmacy/ AccessMedicine

10-15 min

Features of these frequently-used databases.

Cochrane Databases

30 min

Getting the most out of these evidence-based databases.

Subject-specific Databases

20-30 min

Variable depending on the subject (E.g. CINAHL, ERIC, CAB Abstracts)

Reference Managers

EndNote (desktop)

60 min

This bibliographic reference manager is commonly used in the health sciences.

EndNote Web

30 min

This bibliographic reference manager is freely available to UF faculty, students, and staff.

Mobile Device Applications

Mobile Apps for Library Resources

10-15 min

Mobile access for library-subscribed databases (e.g. Micromedex, Clinical Pharmacology, Access Medicine)

Free Mobile Apps

15-30 min

Learn about free mobile apps including those for productivity, clinical work, research, and education.


10-15 min

An app for browsing journals on your tablet device.

Genetic Information


30 min

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a text-based resource cataloging human genes and genetic disorders.

Entrez Gene

45 min

Entrez Gene is the National Library of Medicine's comprehensive source bringing together gene information from multiple data domains.


15 min

GeneTests is a clinically-focused resource containing review articles on genetic disorders, information about testing facilities, and links to other resources.

Statistics and Data

Health-Related Statistics

30 min

An overview of the many governmental and other sources of health-related statistics.

Data Visualization

30 min

An introduction to free applications for visualizing data.

Consumer Health

Consumer Health Resources

45 min

An overview of consumer health resources available online.

Medline Plus

20 min

Getting the most out of this patient-directed resource.

Contact Your Liaison

Schedule a house call by contacting your liaison librarian:

Full list of liaisons by college and department.

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