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Biomedical Engineering: Start

This guide is designed to provide you with resources for BME research, writing, & publishing.

Useful Resource for Accessing Articles

The LibKey Nomad browser extension provides one-click access to the Libraries' full text resources as you find research on the web and in databases. Find information on how to install here

OSF for Collaboration and Reproducible Research

Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free & open source project management web-based tool that is useful for:

  • organizing and managing research projects (projects can be private or public) in any discipline
  • viewing files that are stored across a number of platforms (i.e. DropBox, Google Drive, Box) in one place
  • sharing projects or parts of a project with collaborators
  • sharing conference materials
  • student projects
  • pre-registering a study
  • publishing a pre-print

 

CMU now has an institutional license for OSF. Use your Andrew email address to sign-up for OSF to take advantage of our institutional benefits including:

  • the ability to showcase your project on our CMU landing page if you choose
  • single sign-on
  • increased security

 

If you are interested in learning more about OSF or need help, you can read our OSF guide or contact University Libraries Data Services at data@cmu.libanswers.com.

 

Get a 1:1 Consultation for LabArchives

LabArchives is an Electronic Research Notebook that can be used for securely storing, sharing, searching, and managing research data in any field or as an instructional tool in classes. All CMU affiliates have free access to the Educational and Professional Editions of LabArchives. To learn more about how to use the platform, visit our page here or contact lcubias@labarchives to set up a free consultation for you or your work group on how to get started with it or learn if it is the right choice for you.

 

Documenting Research Protocols with protocols.io

Supported by the University Libraries, protocols.io is an open source repository for scientists to record and share detailed up-to-date protocols for research and teaching purposes.  Carnegie Mellon University members can access their free Premium account by verifying their CMU email address. 

 

  • Protocols.io supports sharing protocols within a lab. This helps research groups organize their methods and ensures that knowledge is not lost as students and postdocs move on. 

 

  • Protocols.io supports reproducible research. All protocols are dynamic and interactive, can be shared privately and publicly, and support transparency and reuse.   

 

  • Protocols.io supports sharing protocols within methods courses. This helps students to follow instructions precisely, stay organized, and have the opportunity to interact with class content online. 

 

For more information on protocols.io, please visit our webpage: library.cmu.edu/protocols 

 
For additional support contact our University Libraries data services team: data@cmu.libanswers.com.

Overleaf for Collaborative Writing in LaTeX

The Carnegie Mellon University Libraries now provides free Overleaf Pro accounts for all faculty, staff, and students who would like to use a collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their papers and projects. Claim your free 10GB Pro account on Overleaf by signing up with your CMU email address through our CMU Overleaf Portal.

Overleaf is designed to make the process of writing, editing and producing your research papers and project reports much quicker for both you and your collaborators. Overleaf can also be linked to other services such as arXiv, GitHub and our institutional repository, KiltHub, to best fit into your workflow.

Features of Overleaf: 

  • Real-time collaboration in your browser for sharing and editing protected projects with authorized users. You can add and remove collaborators at any time.
  • Real-time preview of projects to review your document while editing and writing.
  • Immediate reporting of errors and warnings as you write, so you can catch issues early, and it shows them inline, so you don't have to find them in the LaTeX log.
  • Automatic typesetting of bibliographies within the Overleaf window: no need to separately compile bibliography (.bib) files.
  • Integrated, streamlined publishing allows you to publish immediately and directly to the journal of your choice with an integrated submission system to over a dozen publishing partners already, with more to come in 2016
  • Create 'Protected Projects' for added security. You can authorize selected users to have access and can add & remove collaborators at any time.

 

Find out more about how to use your free Overleaf account here.

Biomedical Engineering Librarian

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Melanie Gainey
Contact:
Mellon Library
4th Floor Mellon Institute
412-268-3171

KiltHub

 

A new option for sharing data and other research products, CMU's comprehensive institutional repository: KiltHub

Why share? Increasingly, funding agencies and journals are requiring that researchers make their data publicly available. 

Sharing data and metadata can be a good option even if not required. Sharing data can:

  • increase the visibility of one's research
  • drive data reuse
  • increase transparency and facilitate the reproducibility of research 
  • foster collaboration

 

How do I share? There are a number of great options for making data available, including:

  • government-sponsored repositories
  • discipline-specific repositories
  • our own institutional figshare-powered platform at CMU, Kilthub

 

If you are interested in depositing any of your research products (i.e. data sets, conference posters, dissertations, or publications) to Kilthub, find more info here or contact Melanie Gainey (mgainey@andrew.cmu.edu).

Research Competitions

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