Reference and Outreach

Hours of Operation:

M - F 9 AM to 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM to 2 PM
and by appointment from M-F 7:30 AM to 7 PM


Upstate Medical University Library
766 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210

Phone: 315-464-7091

Reference & Outreach

Reference & Outreach librarians support the academic, research, and clinical activities of Upstate Medical University. 

Library Workshops and Training

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.  Workshops and training events are ideal for departments, resident groups, and clinicians looking for specific training opportunities (e.g., Evidence Based Searching, PICO formulation, Citation Management Tools, DynaMed, and  Nursing Reference Center).

Course Related Instruction

Librarian-faculty partnership to bring library sponsored instruction to courses through in-person sessions and online tutorials in blackboard.  Course related instruction is ideal for welcoming new and returning students to the Health Sciences Library and its offerings.  Instructional topics range from an overview of available resources, evaluating resources, creating a search strategy, searching effectively, locating full text at the HSL, and citation management. 

Examples of current offerings for library instruction:

  • Introduction to the Health Sciences Library:  Navigating the HSL website, finding full text journal articles, using Interlibrary Loan.
  • 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 build a RefWorks database and use its write-n-cite feature.  Endnote and Mendeley training coming in 2015.

Research assistance & literature searches

Librarians are expert searchers of the biomedical literature and will assist in searching the literature for extensive research projects, grant proposals, or updating policies.  Students needing assistance are encouraged to visit with a librarian in person during regular reference hours, or by appointment.

Tailored Subject Guides

Customized and subject/department specific guides to library resources. Select the resource resources that are important to your group and librarians will create a one-stop location for accessing databases, ebooks, ejournals, news feeds, internet links, and tutorials.


Walk with us on a tour of the Health Sciences Library, meet our team; see the collections including the vault and historical collections.

Library Liaison

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

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