Reference Services

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Contact us by phone, chat, dropping in or by appointment whether at our place or yours - whichever is most convenient for you.

Phone: 608-262-2020

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Reference assistance by librarians is normally available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Graduate Assistants will help you from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday

We serve the UW-Madison faculty, staff and students as well as community health professionals and Wisconsin residents.*

Our librarians are ready to help with your questions and research. We answer thousands of questions each year from straightforward, factual questions to performing complex literature reviews.

We can also consult with you on how to navigate the world of information as well as determine how best to manage the information you collect.

Selected service examples:

  • Determine impact factors
  • Consult on citation managers such as EndNote, Zotero, etc.
  • Set up Current Awareness services with RSS, etc.
  • Help access information on mobile devices
  • Create publication inventories
  • Verify citations
  • Look up factual and statistical questions
  • Perform literature searches
  • Perform or aid with systematic reviews
  • Assist with grants research
  • Answer clinical questions

Information obtained from Ebling Library is not intended as a replacement for meaningful communication with your health care professional team. We do not offer medical advice.

* Please note: While anyone may visit Ebling Library to use print and electronic resources, we cannot offer reference and research services to for-profit entities. Instead we encourage them to contact a fee-based service such as Wisconsin TechSearch (WTS).

What is Current Awareness?

Current Awareness is any tool that helps you stay on top of your specialty, profession or any topic in which you have interest.  Table of content services, automatically emailed alerts from databases and RSS feeds are all Current Awareness tools.

How can this Current Awareness Service help me?

Whether you are starting from scratch or you want to give your current tools a tune up, Ebling librarians can help build and tailor an effective system.  Having an organized and easy to use way to browse through the literature will surely save you time and frustration.  And you can do so from your work or home computer using a variety of familiar options such as email or your web browser.

Can I access the online full text of articles through a Current Awareness Service?

In most cases, yes.  When we speak with you, we'll determine what we might need to tailor so that you get the most online full text possible.

Can I still have traditional table of contents sent to my email?

Although the age of routing paper table of contents is gone, many publishers offer to send table of contents from current issues to your email. We can help you determine whether email is the best method for you to receive table of contents.  Alternatively, we may be able to introduce you to new methods that would work even better for you.

Where can I read more about RSS as a Current Awareness tool and look at the journals I can access?

Take a look at our Current Awareness & RSS guide for more information..  Read about what RSS technology is and how you can use it. If you just want to see which journals have RSS feeds go straight to our electronic journal pages which have an RSS feed link for each journal as well as subject-based bundles of feeds.

Who can use this service?

This Current Awareness Service is intended for the UW-Madison community whether working and living in Madison or not. However, we are happy to speak to anyone about options available to you and connect you to others that can help.

Contact Us for Help

We can help you set up your own current awareness system or improve the one you have.  Please complete this short form and we will get back to you about the next step.

Delivery Examples

The array of current awareness options can be quite dizzying.  The following screenshots are only a small subset of all the possible options. Please contact us to request individual help selecting which of the following would be best for you.

Requests are checked daily and we will reply to your request within 24 hours, except when the library is closed (see hours). Some answers may require longer response times.

If you need immediate assistance or have difficulty with this form, call us at (608) 262-2020.


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Contact us by phone, chat, dropping in or by appointment whether at our place or yours - whichever is most convenient for you.

Page last updated: December 20, 2017
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