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Edward G. Miner Library

Graduate Student Guide: Day 1

Information and tools for URMC Ph.D. and Master's students

Day 1: Tools You Can Use


  • ILLIAD -- Locate on Miner's homepage, learn how to use
  • JoVE/Current Protocols -- Find the guide, overview of why these are important
  • Citation software -- Broad overview of EndNote and RefWorks
  • Box -- Learn why you should use
  • Browzine -- Learn how to keep up on the articles you want to read

Additional reading:


Open Researcher & Contributor ID (ORCiD):

  • Open, non-profit, community driven organization
  • Free
  • Allows user to control privacy
  • Allows user to "claim" their publications, grants etc.



  • Allows the user to brows the most recent issues of a wide array of journals in an electronic format
  • iPad version provides PDF's which can be saved in a variety of programs such as reference management software, and notability.
  • Web Version allows patrons to read articles online from a web browser
  • Requires an account to save favorite journals
  • Available to University of Rochester students, staff and faculty from Miner Library

Why science demands a leap into the unknown

JoVE/Current Protocols Tutorials

Part 1:

  • Introduction to
  • Requesting an account
  • Logging in
  • Finding help

Part 2:

  • Creating a new folder
  • Uploading files and folders
  • Creating new files
  • Adding collaborators and setting user permissions
  • Sending links / sharing

Part 3:

  • Notification settings
  • Folder settings
  • Assigning tasks
  • Comments

Source Material: University of Rochester SON tutorial page Instructions

  • Logging in- If this is your first time logging in to Box, you must first initialize your Box account
    • Go to and click continue
    • Enter your NetID username and password
    • Accept terms and conditions when prompted, you are nore logged in
  • Uploading and downloading files
  • Edit folder and file names
  • Collaborating with colleagues
    • Due to concerns regarding sensitive, privileged, or restricted information, you will be unable to share files with anyone outside of URMC from your Box account.  Please use only "" when inviting collaborators


Battling Bad Science