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Workshops - Fall 2015

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.

Also visit the chronological listing of Events and Workshops for more training opportunities held on the North Campus, as well as Workshops from the Center of Educational Innovation (CEI) (browse by topic or date).

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,September 17 • 10:00 am-11:30 am • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Tuesday, October 13 • 1:00 pm-2:30 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Tuesday, November 17 • 10:00 am-11:30 am • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

Advanced EndNote for Health Sciences (South Campus)

Building on the skills learned in the No Experience class, learn more about how to get other references into your library and use the online and app versions of EndNote to work collaboratively or on the go.

Thursday, September 24 • 11:00 am-12:30 am • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Tuesday, October 27 • 10:00 am-11:30 am • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)
Thursday, November 19 • 12:00 pm-1:30 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.

Thursday, October 29 • 3:30 pm-4:30 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

Prezi: Moving Beyond Powerpoint (South Campus)

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.

Wednesday, October 14 • 2:00 pm-3:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

Get Cited or Perish: Citation Metrics for Tenure, Promotions & Grants

Increasingly, citations to one’s publications are being used as part of the evaluation of dossiers, departments, and even in the evaluation of grants. Hence, it is important to not only figure out where to publish, but also how to get cited and accurately count those citations. This workshop will give you insight into tools such as Web of Science , Scopus, and Google Scholar so that you can better understand the contribution your research has made to the scientific literature. You will learn how to find specific metrics like the h-index and journal impact factors.

Wednesday, September 30 • 9:00 am-10:00 am • 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:

  • 20in30 - a look at 20 assorted Web 2.0 resources in 30 minutes (Can be customized to best fit your group's needs)
  • 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)
  • Copyright & Plagiarism
  • EndNote (Both introductory and advanced training)
  • Finding Health Statistics
  • 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.
  • Journal Citation Reports
  • 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

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