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Reference Services

Library staff is available to assist with developing searches of medical literature, general reference, individual and/or group instruction, presentation development, curriculum development, and patient care.   

Literature Search Consultation 

Library staff provides both basic and advanced literature search services including:

  • Defining a topic
  • Consultation and feedback on an existing search strategy
  • Updates to an existing literature search
  • Developing a comprehensive literature search strategy
  • Identifying sources
  • Executing and refining a search
  • Documenting the search process
  • Managing search results
  • Editing manuscripts to conform with requirements of target journals

Professional literature searches are available Monday through Friday from 7:00am until 4:00pm at the Bridgeport and Milford Campuses.

Individual or Group Instruction

Library staff is happy to partner with colleagues to provide information literacy instruction staff, residents, fellows, and students at Bridgeport Hospital. Session topics may cover topics including:

  • "Interlibrary loan (ILL) is intended to complement rather than to substitute for good library collections built and managed to meet the routine needs of local library users. Practice using research databases.
  • Introduction to the research process including basic and advanced literature searching.
  • Introduction to traditional and digital academic posters.

Instruction may be easily integrated into courses and sessions are tailored to the unique needs of the audience and cover specific research databases and skill.

Please call ext.3254 if you require assistance with a literature search or would like to schedule an individual or group database tutorial.

Interlibrary Loan

The purpose of interlibrary loan (ILL) is to obtain, upon request of a library user, material not available in the user's local library. "Interlibrary loan is intended to complement rather than to substitute for good library collections built and managed to meet the routine needs of local library users. ILL is based on a tradition of sharing resources between various types and sizes of libraries and the belief that no library, regardless of its size or budget, is completely self-sufficient" (Interlibrary Loan Code of the United States,2016).

  • ILL services are provided to all Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital staff and affiliates free of charge.
  • Requests are processed and filled on the same day (excluding weekends and holidays)
    • Rush services are available with a quicker than average turnaround time. Contact the Medical Library (ext. 3254) for assistance with rush requests.
  • Copyright law forbids the library from obtaining an entire issue of a journal through interlibrary loan.

The requesting library is responsible for complying with U.S. copyright law (Title 17, USC), in particular, the provisions of sections 107 (Fair use) and 108 (Reproduction by libraries and archives). 

Style Guides

  • APA Style Guide 
    On this site, you will find tutorials, FAQs, and other resources to help you improve your writing, master APA Style, and learn the conventions of scholarly publishing.
  • Chicago Manual of Style
    The Chicago Manual of Style Online is completely searchable and easy to use, providing quick answers to your style and editing questions. Content includes new coverage of journals and electronic publications, a comprehensive new chapter on American English grammar and usage, reorganized and updated chapters on documentation, plus guidance on citing electronic sources, and new diagrams of the editing and production processes for both books and journals.

Literature Appraisal Tools