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Library Instruction and Training

Improving the information literacy skills of the health sciences students and faculty through training and services is the main goal of the Education Services program. We offer workshops and other instructional resources and programs that emphasize the life-long learning and information management skills needed to access and evaluate health sciences information for problem solving and decision making.

You will need your UBIT username and password to register. If you are not affiliated with UB, e-mail Deborah McConnell Chiarella with your request.

All instruction workshops will take place in room B2C - the Media Instruction Room (MIR) (lower level of the Health Sciences Library) unless otherwise indicated.

  • HSL Workshops

    A list of classes, schedules, and links to registration for the current semester for all UB Libraries. Filter by Campus to see training offered at HSL.

  • Course-Related Instruction

    Health sciences faculty can add a customized information literacy component to their classes. Current CRI offerings and an instruction request form available.

  • Tutorials

    Online tutorials for several major health sciences resources.

  • Research Help

    Techniques, evaluation tips, tutorials, and guides

  • Workshops from the Center of Educational Innovation (CEI)

    Browse by topic or date

  • UB Administrative Services Training Catalog

    Free training for researchers, faculty and staff. Browse by subject, title, class format (instructor-led, self-paced or resource guide), date, or audience. Includes presentation skills, computing and software (Microsoft Excel, Access, Word, etc.), and productivity among others.

Workshops on Demand

Throughout the year, the librarians at the HSL are called upon to provide classes and workshops in matters related to library research. This year, the HSL is dramatically expanding the content and availability of these offerings with a new program: Workshops on Demand .

Workshops on Demand collects together many of our more popular workshops, as well as several new workshops, and makes them available for any group of five or more participants. Simply contact us, request a time and date for instruction, and we will work out the details. There are no fees or charges of any kind, and any UB student, staff or faculty member can request a workshop. We are happy to come to your venue and provide these useful and dynamic workshops, for student associations, journal clubs and other faculty groups, researchers, UB alumni - any group of five or more attendees.

Workshops currently offered include:

  • Bioinformatics Training (DNA & Protein Sequence Searching with NCBI BLAST; Visualizing & Exploring 3-D Protein Structures; NCBI Entrez: The Life Sciences Bioinformatics Search Engine; NCBI GENE: NCBI's Gene-Specific Resource)
  • CINAHL Plus Full-Text (EBSCO)
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • EndNote (Both introductory and advanced training)
  • iPad Productivity for the Health Sciences
    Explore a variety of medical apps as well as a selection of apps for productivity. Bring your iPad or simply follow along as we investigate useful tools for health care, organization and efficiency.
  • Ovid MEDLINE (Both introductory and advanced training)
  • Predatory Journals & Publishers
    Learn about questionable, scholarly open-access journals and publishers and their predatory solicitation practices by looking at resources that help identify questionable titles, review criteria to assist in evaluating publishers, and use real life examples from the Health Sciences of spamming and suspect invitations. 
  • PUBMED/MyNCBI (Both introductory and advanced training)
  • Tenure Metrics - using WOS & JCR to assess your bibliography
  • Web of Science/Scopus

Call Deborah McConnell Chiarella, Coordinator of Education Services at (716) 829-5753, or e-mail, to request workshops to be held in your facility.

Important Notice:

It is the policy of the Health Sciences Library instructors that workshops with fewer than three total registrants will be cancelled. Registrants will be notified as quickly as possible of any cancellations and will be given the opportunity to either register for another section or schedule an appointment with the instructor for a consultation. Signs will be posted in the library to inform possible "walk-ins" of any cancellations.

We strongly encourage anyone interested in participating in a library workshop to register as early as possible.