The following resources are open to the Rhode Island research community. Please contact the Brown University Library for more information.  

Research Support Services for the Sciences

Brown University librarians offer a coordinated suite of services and workshops to support the research lifecycle, from planning and conducting, to publication. Contact the Library to schedule a consultation.

The Library also makes available Frequently Asked Questions for the NIH Public Access Policy

Conduct a literature review

Assistance choosing the appropriate databases and search terms, reviewing search strategies, or developing and running sophisticated search strategies to ensure that researchers retrieve all relevant results on their topics. 

Organize citations

Instruction and support for citation management programs, including EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero. These programs allow researchers to create their own searchable database of references, and insert formatted citations and bibliographies into word-processed documents.

Comply with funders' public access policies

Many funders require investigators to make published articles supported by their awards publicly available. Library staff are available to show investigators how to comply with these policies.


ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes authors from other authors and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between authors and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognized. Find out how to register here

Measure impact

Assistance is available compiling and organizing traditional and nontraditional metrics, and establishing a presence as an author. These skills enable investigators to demonstrate the impact of their work for the purposes of grant application or renewal, promotion and tenure, etc.