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Workshops - Summer 2014

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 (basement level of the Health Sciences Library) unless otherwise indicated.

Introduction to Blast  

The Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST)  is a combination statistical and mathematical equation created by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).  The BLAST suite offers a set of tools for identifying areas of similarity between various kinds of genomic and protein sequences as well as specialized BLAST tools for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), comparing sequences, identifying mutations, sequences binding molecules such as drugs and more. 

Thursday, June 26 • 1:00-4:00 pm

Advanced BLAST  

An extension of the Introduction to BLAST building on the skills learned, covers working with nucleotide BLAST, Assigning biological function to your unknown sequence and specialized BLAST functions.  

Monday, July 7 • 1:00-4:00 pm • 268 Kapoor Hall (South Campus)

UCSC Genome Browser Workshop

The UCSC Genome Browser permits researchers to rapidly browse a large number of vertebrate, invertebrate, microbial and model organism genomes.  Any portion of any genome may be retrieved at any scale, together with dozens of aligned annotation tracks (known genes, predicted genes, ESTs, mRNAs, CpG islands, assembly gaps and overage, chromosomal bands, mouse homologies, and more).  Users can also add their own custom tracks to the browser for educational or research purposes.  In addition, the Browser provides portals to ENCODE data, the Neanderthal sequences, and is home to the popular sequence alignment tool, BLAT. 

Friday, July 25 • 1:00-4:00 pm • 268 Kapoor Hall (South Campus)

No Experience EndNote

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!

Wednesday, July 9 • 2:00-3:30 pm
Thursday, August 7 • 1:00-2:30 pm
Wednesday, August 20 • 10:00-11:30 am

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.

Monday, June 23 • 10:00-11:30 am
Thursday, July 17 • 1:00-2:00 pm

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 from the Office of Educational Innovation & Assessment (EIA)

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
  • Journal Citation Reports
  • Ovid MEDLINE (Both introductory and advanced training)
  • 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!