Research Help

Reference Services

Reference services at the Reeves Health Sciences Library are designed to provide assistance in the areas of research, teaching, administrative and patient care and are available to attending physicians, faculty, residents, students and other staff affiliated with Bridgeport Hospital.

A library staff member is available Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. & 4:30 p.m. at ext. 3254 to answer general questions about collections, services and information resources. More advanced questions should be directed to the Chief of Library and Multimedia Services ext. 3615.

Types of Reference Services

Ready Reference: Single source searches with quick, factual answers; location of known library materials.

Literature Searches for Patient Care: If you need a literature search for patient care please come to the library or call the Chief of Library and Multimedia Services at x3615.


Interlibrary Loan

Journal articles

  • Journal articles are provided in PDF format unless otherwise requested.
  • Copyright law forbids us from obtaining an entire issue of a journal through interlibrary loan.
  • Information needed to fulfill a journal article request includes any combination of the following: author; journal title, volume, page and date, and the PMID.


  • Textbooks may be borrowed from other libraries and are subject to the broowing terms of the lending institution. Patrons are responsible for fees charged for late returns, lost and/or damaged books.
  • Information needed to fulfill a book request: author or editor, title, publisher, year, place of publication; author, title and pages of chapter (if requested)

All Interlibrary Loan services are governed by copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Style Guides

  • APA Style Guide (American Psychiatric Association)
    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.

    Note: The American Psychological Association has announced the newest version of their publication manual: the7th edition. Fundamentally not much has changed to the way citations are formatted. If you are familiar with the 6th edition rules it should be a smooth segue into the 7th edition. Website URLs no longer need to be preceded with "Retrieved from" unless there is also a retrieval date. Journal DOIs are now displayed as a URL instead of with the "DOI:" prefix. The publisher location is no longer required for books or similar mediums. As for in-text citations, any reference with more than three authors can now be shortened to the first author and et al. Previously only references with six or more authors would be shortened in this way. For more information on updates including punctuation and layout, bias-free language, and updates for citing formats not outlined above, consult the guide.
  • 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