Bühlplatz Library FBB

Opening hours

The Bühlplatz Library FBB contains collections in:

  • preclinical medicine
  • clinical medicine
  • biology
  • geology
  • ancillary sciences (computer science, physics, chemistry, mathematics with a focus on statistics)


The FBB is linked to various university libraries in Bern and German-speaking Switzerland via a courier service.

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Study Places

  • Study places.
  • 28 carrels for free use (first come, first served)
  • 140 daily study places in the "Silent Zone" (ground floor)
  • 13 tables for groupes up to four persons in the whisper zone (first floor)
  • Eight group rooms with 10 to 12 places and two group rooms with 16 to 20 places with online booking schedule. For reservations outside the booked periods, please complete the forms next to the doors. Please note, however, that priority is given to online reservations
  • Mac pool room with 20 Mac workplaces for persons with Uni accounts
  • Reservable course room with 24 PC workplaces for members of the university, no renting to external persons possible
  • WIFI is available throughout the library for persons with Uni accounts. With VPN access you can also use this authorization to consult e-media from home
  • Here you can find the short video tutorial "how to connect to WLAN"

Infrastructure

  • Rental of 65 lockers per six months CHF 20
  • Lockable cloakrooms
  • Uniprint photocopier, scanner, printer in black and white or color (between CHF 0.02 and 1.40)
  • Comb-binding machine
  • Validation station for Unicards
  • Coffee machine on first floor of Cellular Biology Centre
  • Other refreshment facilities
  • Reading corner with daily newspapers (Bund, BZ, NZZ)

Borrowing and Information

  • The conditions of borrowing and usage are based on the University Library Bern’s user regulations.
  • A user account is required for borrowing.
  • You can register online or in person at our counter.
  • You can order most media via the swissbib Basel/Bern catalog.
  • Here you will find instructions for searching and ordering.
  • Most books have a loan period of 4 weeks. If no reservation is received, they are automatically renewed for four weeks. Books with a blue dot above the call number have to be returned by the end of the following day (short loan). Attention: A fine for short loan books not returned on time is applied immediately.
  • Persons reserving borrowed media are notified when they arrive.
  • Orders are retained at the loan desk for collection for five working days following their arrival.
  • You can normally extend this online via your user account.
  • You can bring back our books to the counter at our library or to any other messenger library. A fee is charged for reminders issued for media not returned on time.
  • The FBB is a collection point for messenger books.
  • You can receive information about general library issues at our loan desk, online or by e-mail.
  • For subject-specific questions, please contact our specialists.
  • Introductory and training sessions at the FBB are published in our News.
  • During weekend and evening opening hours, full service is not available.

Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan order form
Loan Renewal Application

Document Delivery

Document Delivery order form
PubMed-ID order form
Loansome Doc

Further information on the services and the fees

We offer systematic literature searching support for students, clinicians and researchers.

If you or one of your students is writing a dissertation, a systematic (or other type of) review, or a grant application, we can help you in several ways.
From advising you on which databases to search for your purpose, reviewing your search strategy, helping you to explore grey literature or different searching methods, documenting, writing the methods section, etc., to taking full responsibility for your search and delivering the complete search strategy and results to you.

Courses

Courses in systematic literature searching and evidence-based medicine
-    Curricular courses for the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry
-    Specific courses to meet the needs of your institution, department or group
-    Courses for medical master students at the Bühlplatz Library (FBB) to support specific literature searches

One-on-one support

-    Support for the literature search for master theses (pilot service)
-    Support for the literature search for medical dissertation (upcoming)

Mediated searches

Support for publications requiring a thorough literature search, such as systematic reviews, HTAs, clinical guidelines
-    Collaboration in your literature search
-    Peer-review of search strategies
-    ‘Mediated search’, i.e. we develop, and carry out, the search for your publication to your specifications (with co-authorship to be negotiated)

Fees

These services are free of charge for master students but chargeable for clinicians and researchers.
If you are affiliated to the University of Bern: teaching: 255 CHF/h, mediated search: 88 CHF/h.
External enquiries or special courses - please ask for an offer.

Contact

support_med@ub.unibe.ch

Book a support session

Please complete the following form and send it to support_med@ub.unibe.ch
To be sure that our support is available when you need it: please book your session well in advance! Thanks!

Scientific Writing Courses with Dr. Kali Tal: To sign up please use the ILIAS-links at the bottom of this page or email kali.tal@ub.unibe.ch. Participants should have English at a C1 level or higher. Please bring a laptop. Courses take place in the Fachbereichsbibliothek Bühlplatz, room B179 (upper floor, last room).
Course Title Description Date 2018
Health Sciences Writing for Beginners: Introduction to the IMRaD Format An introduction to the basic components of scientific papers written in the IMRaD format: "Introduction, Methods, Results and Conclusion" Learn techniques for reading and writing scientific papers, summarizing them, and using them in your work. Many papers in medicine also make use of checklists (STROBE, EQUATOR, etc.), so this course briefly introduces the most commonly used checklists in medical research and explains how to use them when you read and write papers. Useful for anyone beginning to study or work in medicine or other health sciences and who needs an introduction to the most common format in scientific writing.

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

Feb 13,

14:00-17:00

Improve Your Scientific Writing in English: Focus on the Paragraph This course is designed to address common problems faced by non-native speakers who write medical papers in English. It demonstrates a clear method for building powerful English paragraphs, the foundation of good writing in English. Participants will read and analyze paragraphs, and draft and edit their own, and will leave the course with a plan to ensure that their English writing continues to improve. Useful for any person studying or working in medicine who would like a clear and easy route to improving their writing in English. 

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

Feb 27,

14:00-18:00

Storytelling for Medical Researchers & Clinicians Like other writers, scientists must use narrative to capture the imagination and interest of the reader. They must define a problem that needs to be solved, show how the problem was solved, and offer the reader a satisfying resolution. This course simplifies the process of scientific storytelling and offers practical advice for making your story more attractive and relevant, whether it is contained in a conference abstract, a presentation, an article, a grant proposal, or a scientific report. Storytelling techniques are essential to any medical researcher or clinician who needs to share their work with colleagues or the public. Please bring a project you would to describe.

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

Mar 12,

14:00-17:00

What's my message? The Heart of the Scientific Paper A short workshop on refining the message of your paper.  A message is the main point you would like your audience to take away from reading the paper.  Usually, it is your main finding(s), plus its implication(s).  A clear message sentence is used both in the abstract and the final sentence of a paper. This course is most useful to students who have completed data collection and analysis and have identified their main findings.  Along with crafting message sentences, we will discuss how to use your message to choose a target journal for your article, and to organize the structure of your scientific paper. Useful for medical researchers or clinicians who must write articles, conference abstracts, summaries or reports. Please bring a research project for which you have completed data collection and analysis.

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

March 26,

15:00-17:00

Outlining the Scientific Paper Outlining is a useful skill, though it is rarely taught in Europe.  It offers a quick and flexible way to organize and reorganize scientific work for papers or presentations and is especially helpful for writing in English. The outlining process begins long before the article is written, and helps scientists keep track of completed and pending writing tasks.  This course demonstrates the use of the outline function of your word processor to structure and continuously revise the format of your paper (or other scientific documents) from first steps to final revisions. It will also be useful when you respond to reviewers. Outlining is a useful tool for medical researchers or clinicians who must write articles, reports, or who wish to submit grant applications. Please bring a research project about which you wish to write.  It is best if you have already collected data and have at least some initial results.

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

April 9

14:00-17:00

Managing Co-Authors and the Ethics of Authorship Writers often have questions about the nature of authorship, the requirements for inclusion as an author, and the ordering of authors. Collaborating with other authors is also sometimes a challenge. This course is designed to help you with both practical and ethical aspects of authoring. It introduces checklists and organisational tools to help you communicate with co-authors, set and keep deadlines, document contributions, resolve conflicts, and ensure authors and their institutions receive proper credit for their work.

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

April 24,

14:00-17:00

Writing the Introduction to a Scientific Paper What goes in your Introduction? This is often a hard question for scientists to answer, because you always know so much more than can fit into a small space. This course explains how to use the Introduction to set up the scientific narrative that you will tell in your paper. The Introduction is broken down, so you can see the function of each paragraph. I will teach you to effectively match your Introduction to the requirements of your target journal. Designed for medical researchers or clinicians who must write articles, reports, or who wish to submit grant applications. Please bring a research project for which you have completed data collection and analysis.

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

May 8,

14:00-17:00

Writing the Methods & Results Sections of a Scientific Paper This course offers a set of evidence-based rules for writing clear and consistent Methods and Results sections.  It encourages writers and gives them the tools to start writing Methods sections early in the research process, and to incrementally build Results sections that match your methods. Designed for medical researchers or clinicians who must write articles, reports, or who wish to submit grant applications. Please bring a research project for which you have completed data collection and analysis.

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

May 22,

14:00-17:00

Writing the Discussion Section of a Scientific Paper Many medical researchers and clinicians find writing the Discussion the most complicated and challenging part of writing a scientific paper.  This course offers you clear, evidence-based rules for writing your Discussion, so you are always sure what belongs in this section… and what does not. I break the Discussion down to the paragraph level and explain the function of each paragraph.  Designed for medical researchers or clinicians who must write articles, reports, or who wish to submit grant applications. Please bring a research project for which you have completed data collection and analysis.

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

June 5,

14:00-17:00

Abstract Writing Writing an abstract is one of the first skills that scientific and medical writers must master.  This course helps writers answer the series of questions that an abstract must address. It covers free text and structured abstracts and shows writers how to condense longer abstracts to meet requirements for lower word counts. Students will practice reading and analyzing abstracts, and crafting and editing their own. Designed for medical researchers or clinicians who want to write solid abstracts for conferences or papers. Please bring a project or paper to summarize in an abstract.

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

June 19,

14:00-17:00

Introduction to Grant Writing What do funders want to see in your grant application?  This course will help you figure that out and tell your scientific story so that the importance and urgency of your project is vividly clear to funders. It will introduce all aspects of grant writing, from choosing the right grant, writing short and long proposals, and presenting your work to a review board. This is essential information for any medical researcher or clinician who will need to write a grant application and applies to most grants and funding proposals.  This is a good introductory workshop for researchers who intend to take more advanced workshops targeted to specific grants.

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

Jul 31,

14:00-18:00

Presentation Skills for Medical Researchers: Increase the Effectiveness of Your Conference Talks, Posters, and Job Presentations Everyone has endured terrible presentations.  Poor presentations are easy to recognize, but how do you make sure your presentation is good?  This course gives you some simple rules to follow for improving your presentation skills, from speech and stance, to creating effective slides, to fully engaging your audience. Participants will watch and analyze presentations and identify their own strengths and weaknesses. Designed for medical researchers or clinicians who want to give better formal presentations and improve their skill at extemporaneous presentation.  

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

Aug 14,

14:00-17:00

Effective Tables, Figures and Slides: Basic Graphic Design for Medical Researchers Researchers present visual data to make concepts and information easier for their audiences to grasp, but few researchers are taught basic principles of graphic design. This course will quickly familiarize you with best practices in data presentation, including the use of color, images, animations, and other tips and tricks for making sure that your images get your message across without distracting or confusing your reader.  Participants will analyze images on tables, figures and slides, identify their strengths and weaknesses, and learn techniques to improve them. Designed for medical researchers or clinicians who want to more effectively use images and tables to support their text. If you have them, feel free to bring existing slides that you would like to improve.

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

Aug 28,

14:00-17:00

Standing Out From the Crowd: Showcasing Your Accomplishments in Grant Applications & Job Interviews Self-presentation is difficult for many researchers, and especially those from cultures where self-promotion is not encouraged.  This course focuses on how best to ensure that potential employers, funders, and collaborators gain a positive and realistic picture of the skills and experiences you bring to your projects.  We will discuss CVs, job application letters, grant applications, and other documents in which scientists can and should self-promote.  Participants will have the chance to revise their own CVs and work on their own career plans and applications. This course is useful to medical researchers or clinicians who must promote their work and demonstrate their skills and experience to others. Feel free to bring existing slides/images/tables that you would like to improve.

Bring a laptop or a pad to take notes on.

Register here.

Sep 10,

14:00-17:00

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