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Research Guides

I am the Libraries' liaison to the Department of Psychology, the Department of Bioengineering (with Christina Byrne); the graduate programs in Molecular & Cellular Biology, Molecular Engineering, and Neuroscience; and the science librarians' liaison to the Population Health Initiative.  

I also provide support for the life sciences research community in general, including assistance with systematic reviews, expanding & documenting research impact, monitoring the literature, and open science practices.

If you're a student, postdoc, research scientist, research administrator, faculty member, or other UW affiliate, and you'd like assistance, please contact me.  I'm happy to work with you by email, phone, Zoom, or in person.

How I Can Help You

For students, I can:

  • Work with you one-on-one to help you develop your research skills and use literature databases effectively.
  • Help you find information you need for assignments, literature reviews, lab work, & other purposes.
  • Introduce you to you citation management tools like EndNote, Mendeley, & Zotero.
  • Help you find full-text articles, books, and other materials.
  • Recommend ways to monitor the literature on an ongoing basis.


For instructors, I can:

  • Provide library content for your Canvas course.
  • Create a webpage tailored to a class assignment or scholarly project.
  • Introduce your students to research tools and strategies via a guest lecture or workshop.
  • Meet with your students individually to help with literature reviews and class projects.


For researchers, I can:

  • Discuss approaches for monitoring the literature.
  • Help you effectively use resources such as PubMed, Web of Science, PsycInfo, Google Scholar, & databases outside your discipline.
  • Assist with systematic reviews and other literature reviews.
  • Assist with literature searches in support of grant applications, IACUC protocols, presentations, & research challenges.
  • Help you with citation management tools such as EndNote and Zotero.
  • Teach a workshop tailored to your group's needs.
  • Discuss strategies for documenting and describing the impact of your research or a group's research.
  • Help you investigate publishing questions on topics like reputable & predatory journals, preprints, and open access.
  • Help you with grant-related questions on topics like biosketches, SciENcv, & the NIH public access policy.
  • Talk with you about scholarly profiles and platforms like ORCID, Google Scholar, and ResearchGate.
  • Track down difficult-to-find information -- I love a challenge!

Life Sciences Librarian

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Diana Louden
Allen Library North, Room 281D