Free Books for the Taking

December 28, 2009

The Graff Library periodically withdraws books from the collection, which means they are available to our clientele free-of-charge and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Our withdrawal criteria include:

  1. the publication date of the book;
  2. if we have a newer or the latest edition in the collection;
  3. how many times it was checked-out;
  4. comparable subject matter coverage in the collection;
  5. donated books that are not added to the collection.

The cart is located in the main reading room area, near the bank of study carrels close to the journal collection.

Have questions? Contact us at or x68497.


New Books

December 22, 2009

The following books were recently added to Graff Library collection. Check out our new “New Books” shelf near the library entrance!

Basic Sciences Titles
Miscellaneous Titles
Popular Reading Titles

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Scopus Training Day — Tips and Tricks for Using Scopus

December 16, 2009

Before you jump into Scopus (or any database for that matter), getting to know how the resource works will save you time and, possibly, frustration. Sure you can figure the database out as you use it or by reading the Help documentation, but reviewing the below Scopus tips and tricks before you start searching will save you from wasting time figuring out what is happening behind the database scenes, allowing you to focus finding and reading the items you need.

Have some Scopus tips and tricks of your own? Share them with us and your colleagues by using the comments feature below.

Have Scopus questions? Contact Andrea Lynch ( or x60520). In the meantime, take a look at the post on Scopus FAQs.

Scopus Tips and Tricks

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Scopus Training Day — Frequently Asked Questions

December 16, 2009

Below are questions asked by attendees during the four Scopus Training Day sessions held on December 2nd, and the Graff Library’s answers as well as some information from Glenn Risolo (Elsevier), who lead the sessions. The questions are in no specific order, except for the grouping of related items together.

Couldn’t participate in Scopus Training Day? Schedule a consultation with Andrea Lynch to go over what was covered.  Consultations can be scheduled for individuals and groups.

Participated in Scopus Training Day but want to know more about Scopus and how it compares with your favorite research database? Have additional Scopus questions? Contact Andrea Lynch for a one-on-one consultation appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Scopus Training Day — Learn about Scopus at Your Convenience

December 2, 2009

You can be part of Scopus Training Day virtually by watching some of the Scopus online tutorials from your office. Here are just a few tutorials to get you started with using Scopus:

Finished all three and looking for more? Take a look at the other available tutorials.

For questions regarding Scopus, contact Andrea Lynch, Scholarly Communication Librarian, at x60520 or

Seats are Filling Up! There’s Still Time to Register.

December 1, 2009

Forty-four people have registered for Scopus Training Day. There is still room for you as well, and time to register. We’ve moved the deadline to today, December 1st.

Come learn what Scopus has to offer — including citation tracking, journal analytics, and daily updated content from the life, health, physical and social sciences —  with your colleagues. All sessions are in the Library Conference Room.

Basic Scopus: This hour session will introduce you to Scopus by providing an overview of the content contained within it, the various searching features, and citation tracking. Offered at 9-10am and 1-2pm.

Advanced Scopus: This 30 minute session will include Author Search and how to update your author profile. Offered at 10:15-10:45am and 2:15-2:45pm.

One-on-one sessions by appointment: Want individualized attention in order to address your Scopus questions or to get help with specific Scopus capabilities? If so, sign up for a 15-minute session with Glenn. Five slots are available between 3-5pm (3:15-3:30pm, 3:45-4pm, 4-4:15pm, 4:30-4:45pm, 4:45-5pm).

Can’t join us on December 2nd? Schedule a one-on-one consultation to learn how Scopus can enhance your research toolkit. Use the comment feature below or contact Andrea Lynch, Scholarly Communication Librarian (x60520 or to schedule one at your convenience.

Scholarly Communication Office Hours — Schedule Set for December through February

December 1, 2009

Beginning today (December 1st) and going through February 2010, Andrea Lynch will hold weekly, in-person scholarly communication office hours.

Come by the library’s main reading room on Tuesdays from 11am-noon or Thursdays from 2:30-3:30pm to discuss:

  • complying with the NIH Public Access Policy;
  • retaining copyright to your publications;
  • finding a home for your research;
  • using EndNote;
  • open access publishing options.

Bring questions with you…or just stop by to chat. Look for Andrea at the set of large tables near the Graff Library’s front desk.

Would you prefer virtual office hours? Do these times not work with your schedule? Use the comments feature below to let us know your preferences. Andrea plans to evaluate the office hour service at the end of February and will change the service based on usage, preferences, and feedback provided.