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Reference Services

Our librarians are dedicated to meeting the information needs of our customers through the provision of individualized services including: library liaisons, library tours & service orientations, specialized workshops & group instruction, literature reviews, health literacy education, evidence-based searching & PICO formulation, customized resource guides, and citation management.

Departmental Liaisons

A departmental liaison is a dedicated librarian for your team, connecting you to customized library services.  Your liaison can support your department/team by:

  • Arranging instructional sessions & workshops
  • Embedding instruction into curriculum
  • Creating subject guides
  • Keeping you informed of new resources and research in your field
  • Providing new faculty and staff with an orientation of library resources and services
  • Provide assistance with literature searching and citation management
  • Participating in meetings and trainings - bringing you library related updates

To request a liaison for your team, please call us at 315-464-7091 or email us at library@upstate.edu

Clinical/Outreach Librarians

  • Briana Galea, MSLIS (Golisano Family Resource Center)
  • Sarah Lawler, MSLIS (Cancer Center)
  • Abigail Smith, MSLIS (Community Campus)
  • Olivia Tsistinas, MSLIS (University Hospital)

Academic/Research Librarians

  • Twanna Hodge, MLIS (College of Graduate Studies)
  • Christine Kucharski, MLS
  • Amy Slutzky, MLS, PhD (College of Health Professions, College of Medicine)
  • Virginia Young, MLS (College of Nursing, Master of Public Health)

Library Instruction

Work with a librarian to bring a class or workshop related to library research or resources to your group. Sessions are hosted in the Health Sciences Library, or we will train at your location.  These instructional opportunities are ideal for students, resident groups, departments, and clinicians looking for specific training opportunities (e.g., Evidence Based Searching, PICO formulation, Citation Management Tools) or an introduction and overview of the resources available through the Library. Email inquiries to library@upstate.edu

Current offerings:

  • Introduction to the Health Sciences Library: Navigating the Library  website, finding full text journal articles, using Interlibrary Loan, using resource guides.
  • Evidence Based Searching:Creating a PICO question and searching the literature.  Customizable to include a variety of databases including – Cochrane, PubMed with Clinical Queries, Nursing Reference Center.
  • Database Searching:Searching tips and techniques including creating custom accounts for saving searches and setting alerts for PubMed, Scopus, CINAHL, OVID, and Cochrane Library. 
  • Citation Management: Learn how to store and manage citations through the various tools including RefWorks, Endnote, and Mendeley.
  • Health Literacy: Learn how to find high quality health information to help you make better decisions for improving your health by learning where to look for quality health information, strategies to assess health websites and information, and tips on how to search more effectively online.
  • Upstate’s Medical Spanish Discussion Group:The discussion group uses a case study approach that allows participants to role play the parts of clinicians, patients and family members. Members of our local international medical graduate community have volunteered their medical Spanish expertise.

Literature Searching

Librarians are expert searchers of the biomedical literature and will assist in searching the literature for extensive research projects, grant proposals, policy review, etc. 

Students needing assistance are encouraged to visit with a librarian in person during regular reference hours or by appointment.

Request a literature search or make an appointment email library@upstate.edu or call 315-464-7091.