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Scientific Writing - The Library and Getting Published: Using the Library

Library Services

You can navigate to the Library site starting from the Downstate Homepage --> Education & Training Tab --> The Medical Research Library of Brooklyn

What resources are available online and through the Library site

  • Databases - vast collection of databases
    • Pubmed - Biomedical citation and abstract database.
    • Embase - Biomedical citation and abstract database. Includes Medline/PubMed +extra journals and conference abstracts.
    • Journal Citation Reports - Journal impact factor and rankings.
    • Browzine - Create an account and have all your journals in one place. 
    • Cochrane Library -  database of systematic reviews and meta-analyses which summarize and interpret the results of medical research.
  • Primo - SUNY-wide online catalog and discovery system. Use to search for print and electronic books and journals. (NOT databases)
  • Interlibrary Loan - Library doesn't have it? We can (probably) get it for you for free. Most requests take 3-5 business days. Some within a day or two.
  • Reference - email librarian for help to your questions. Email or use our online form.
  • Software - EndnoteSAS and SPSS are available on Library computers and downloadable through IT department. 

Accessing Library Resources

Why is it important to access resources through the Library site?

Most of the research resources are subscription-based and licensed for use only by legitimate Downstate users. For a resource to recognize that you are affiliated with Downstate when off-campus is to click on a resource from the library site and then be authenticated through a proxy service using your NETID and password. 

This would be most useful when searching databases like Pubmed. Authenticating as Downstate before searching PubMed will allow you to search library holding with one-click from the Pubmed entry.

This is not necessary to do when accessing most resources on-campus. 

Using Primo

Primo is touted as a "discovery service" that is shared among all 64 SUNY campuses, so it can sometimes be difficult if you want to know if the Downstate Library has access to something specific you are looking for. 

Searching For a Known Item

If you have a known item you are looking for and have the DOI, PMID or ISBN, one of the quickest ways to search is to use the "Citation Finder"

From the Primo homepage --> Citation Finder tab

Citation Finder lets you search for the exact item by entering only one search term in the corresponding field.

  • Articles - search by DOI or PMID (PubMedID)
  • Book - ISBN (Unique for book edition)
  • Journal - ISSN or title.

LibKey Nomad Browser Extension


LibKey Nomad is a browser extension made by the same people that make Browzine (i.e. ThirdIron). It will display a clickable icon within the webpage if the Downstate Library has access to the item.

Install on your browser, set it up with your Downstate credentials and you will be able to download articles and books with one-click from the publisher's site. It will also put links in PubMed as you search.

Download LibKey Nomad

Search Results from PubMed

Viewing an Article on Publisher's Site

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Gregg Headrick