Libraries Checklist Brings Together Resources for Researchers
A new resource from the University of Minnesota Libraries aims to help researchers find funding, expand the reach of their work, and more.
The Researcher Checklist brings together a variety of helpful resources to help UMN researchers across the institution advance their careers and their research. Caitlin Bakker, health sciences librarian and part of the UMN Health Sciences Libraries team that created the checklist, said the resources and activities were chosen to be useful across a range of academic disciplines.
“The goal behind the checklist was to surface immediate, actionable steps that researchers could take to enhance their research process,” Bakker said. “At the moment, many researchers are experiencing disruptions to their intended workflows, and our aim was to highlight some alternative ways they could move forward in their research, whether that was through identifying funding opportunities, updating an academic profile, or looking at ways to more broadly disseminate their research outputs.”
Bakker said she hopes the checklist sparks ideas for researchers around the many resources, tools, and services available to them, especially ones with which they weren’t previously familiar.
“Most importantly, we hope that it encourages researchers to connect with their liaison librarians about the wide scope of services and support we can offer,” she said.
Find funding opportunities by searching:
- SPIN: Contains over 40,000 funding opportunities from 10,000 federal, public, nonprofit, and private funders. (Requires account setup for off-campus access.)
- Foundation Directory Online: Profiles and recently awarded grants from over 80,000 foundations.
Step-by-step walkthroughs are available to set up a personalized account and tailor searches.
- Archive articles, presentations, reports, and other scholarly works in the University Digital Conservancy.
- Place digital research data in the Data Repository for the U of M (DRUM).
Access a broad collection of electronic resources that enable discovery and text mining, such as newspaper and scholarly journal collections.
- Learn about and compare citation managers.
- Review electronic lab notebook options to find the one that’s best for you.
Create a Biosketch
Use SciENcv to create a “biosketch” (professional profile) for National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) grant applications.