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Medical Library / Information & Communication Sciences

Research Assistance

Research assistance is available from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Questions sent through the Ask a Librarian form will be responded to during these hours.

Phone: 217.545.2113

Research Support

Research and Education staff will help you:

  • find quick factual information
  • find relevant books, journals and multimedia
  • develop an effective search strategy for finding information; evaluate the information to answer the question
  • access services, materials and resources within the library

Training and direction on using databases is available to SIUSM users. Contact the reference desk at 217.545.2113 or to schedule a consultation.

Expert Literature Search Service

Reference librarians can search over 500 databases through several different search services for articles and books. Librarians are trained on the specific search requirements of each system and to analyze complicated search questions to find the best results.

  • Literature search requests can be submitted by the online Literature Search Request Form, by telephone, or in person.
  • Searches conducted on fee-based databases (i.e. PsycInfo, Embase, etc.) will incur charges to recover the costs of online access and the downloading of search results. These searches must be approved for payment in advance by the department fiscal officer or paid by personal check.
  • Searches are usually completed within 24 hours, except on week-ends. Search results are emailed to the requester.

Software Support

We provide training classes and support for software programs including Microsoft Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Camtasia, and EndNote. See our Training Schedule and Class Descriptions and Handouts pages.

Scientific Editing Service

Information and Communication Sciences/Library faculty will edit drafts of the following:

  • manuscripts
  • abstracts
  • grant proposals.

For more information see the Scientific Editing page.

SIU Medical Library | 801 N Rutledge St.,Springfield, IL 62702 | (217)-545-2658