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Workshops - Spring 2016

Click on the link for the day and date, and follow the instructions. You will need your UBIT username and password. If you are not affiliated with UB, e-mail Deborah McConnell Chiarella with your request. All instruction workshops will take place in the Media Instruction Room (lower level of the Health Sciences Library) unless otherwise indicated.

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No Experience EndNote for Health Sciences (South Campus)

EndNote is a computer program that allows the user to organize their references, images and PDFs; search online bibliographic databases; and seamlessly create bibliographies in Microsoft Word. Tailored for those who have never used EndNote before and would like an introduction to this very powerful piece of software, the primary focus is on how to download the EndNote software, use databases, such as PubMed, to populate your EndNote library; and how to instantly move references from EndNote into your Microsoft Word documents in virtually any citation style!

Thursday, February 11 • 2:00 pm-3:30 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Wednesday, February 24 • 2:00 pm-3:30 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Thursday, March 10 • 1:00 pm-2:30 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Wednesday, April 6 • 1:00 pm-2:30 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

Google Drive - The Basics

Google Drive: The Basics In this one hour workshop, learn to maximize your Gmail account. Google's cloud storage service is much more than a backup tool, and this hands-on tutorial will introduce you to the basics of Google Drive. Topics discussed include accessing and organizing your account, creating documents in multiple formats, and collaborating with other Drive users. Since this will be a hands-on demonstration, please ensure that you have a functional Gmail account when registering for this workshop.

Tuesday, February 23 • 3:30 pm-4:30 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

Google Drive - Advanced

Have you already mastered the basics of navigating Google Drive? Do you already know how to upload files and create documents? Take your skills further with this advanced workshop. You will learn about collaborative tools and browser-based add-ons. You will also explore Google Drive's additional free software, including Forms, a survey making tool and My Maps, a customizable version of Google Maps. Since this will be a hands-on demonstration, please ensure that you have a functional Gmail account for this workshop.

Tuesday, March 8 • 3:30 pm-4:30 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)


Prezi: Moving Beyond Powerpoint

Learn how to harness the power of Prezi to create a dynamic presentation. Prezi is a free interactive presentation tool that allows users to create and collaborate on visual presentations from any location. This one hour hands-on workshop will teach the basics of using Prezi, including how to set up an account, choose the right template for your presentation, and add the right effects to make your presentation stand out.

Thursday, February 18 • 2:00 pm-3:30 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

PubMed and MY NCBI

PubMed is a database that contains over 25 million citations to biomedical literature. Understanding how this database works can help you run more efficient and effective searches and identify more relevant articles. In this workshop, you will learn basic and advanced PubMed search techniques, create a free My NCBI account to customize your preferences, and set up a search alert.

Wednesday, February 17 • 2:00 pm-3:30 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

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.


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!