Classes

We offer instruction on a wide range of topics and software related to research and information management. All classes are available as one-on-one or group sessions. We also develop classes to suit your needs! Call us to set up an on-demand class or discuss your specific training needs.

Check our current schedule of Friday classes. If you are interested in attending a class on our schedule, please register by email

EndNote

Students get an introduction to using EndNote to organize their literature collection and create bibliographies. Learn how to create an EndNote library and populate it by importing references directly from a folder of pdf files or from a PubMed search. We also spend time on organizing the library and creating reference lists in Word.

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Excel

This is a crash course in data entry tricks, formatting, and basic formulas. Most of us have never had formal instruction in Excel, but we somehow make it work. This class is designed with that in mind. Expect a fast-paced, interactive class that gives you a peek at the potential of Excel that you may be missing. We will cover some data entry shortcuts, sorting and filtering capabilities, as well as basic formulas and functions.

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Find it Fast! Scopus and Embase

Explore the application of advanced search techniques to these two subscription databases. Scopus includes citation counts for articles and more engineering literature than PubMed. Embase allows you to track device and company names and includes meeting abstracts.

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Impressive Presentations

Refine your presentation skills to impress your colleagues and bring your research to life. This class covers basic presentation design principles, relaxation techniques, and public speaking tips.

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PowerPoint I

This class covers the basic tools you need to create presentations from scratch using the new features of PowerPoint. It covers the basics, from how to make slides from scratch to inserting pictures and screenshots. We will also practice using some of PowerPoint’s special features like the eyedropper tool, which allows you to easily match colors on your slides.

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PowerPoint II

Learn how to add visual elements to your presentations – images, videos, tables, charts, animations in PowerPoint. Participants in this class should have some working knowledge of PowerPoint. Students learn how to create tables and graphs, as well as insert pictures, objects, and video clips into their presentations. Applying animation is also introduced.

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PubMed I: No Sweat!

This class is an introduction to literature searching using the PubMed interface and the options for customization. We focus on performing basic searches and narrowing results using the limits feature. Efficient ways to download or share citations are also covered. Using a My NCBI account to customize the PubMed interface and to save searches and citations is demonstrated.

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PubMed II: Dig Deeper

The focus is on building more sophisticated searches using techniques that apply to any database. Topics include using Boolean operators to combine search terms, building on past searches, and focusing results. Truncating search terms, searching phrases, and using search tags as a means of limiting a search are also covered. This class also demonstrates the use of medical subject headings (MeSH).

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Rapid Research Alerts

Come explore tools for keeping up with the flood of new information – in the news and in medical journals. Keeping up with the latest medical news and research can be time-consuming. Learn how to stay current in half the time with search alerts and RSS feeds. Relax and have the information come to you!

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Resources for Research

Do you have a research question, but don’t know where to start? Have you run out of places to search? Resources for Research can help! We’ll cover where to start, whether it’s a general research question or a detailed research project. We’ll discuss how to get your hands on full-text articles and other resources.

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Wonders of Word: Beyond the Basics

This class focuses on strengthening Microsoft Word foundation skills. Get hands-on, step-by-step practice in the essential skills for efficiently creating professional documents. Build your confidence by editing and formatting three sample documents guided by the instructor who will also help you troubleshoot. Topics include moving sections of text, formatting text, adjusting line spacing, inserting pictures, creating indents and bullet lists, setting margins, adding sections and breaks, adding page numbers, and creating headers and footers.

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Write it Right! Writing for the Workplace

This class will help you communicate clearly and effectively in the workplace, with a special focus on email conventions and etiquette.

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