We offer instruction on a wide range of topics and software related to research and information management.

Register now for fall classes. We have resumed in-person training; see the calendar for our current schedule. If you prefer learning at your desk, we are also live streaming in Teams (advance registration required). Timing doesn’t work? See below for links to our short video tutorials covering key information from our classes or call for a one-on-one session. Contact us to suggest a class or request a video tutorial!

Introduction to PubMed

This class is an introduction to literature searching using the most recent PubMed interface and 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.

Video: Intro to PubMed [6 minutes]

Advanced PubMed

Want to get more out of New PubMed? This advanced class focuses on building more sophisticated searches using techniques that apply to any database.
Part 1 [8 minutes]: Field Searching
Part 2 [15 minutes]: MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)
Part 3 [10 minutes]: Boolean operators

Video Series: Advanced PubMed techniques for subject searching

Collaborate with Microsoft Teams

THI is relying on Microsoft Teams to keep us connected while we are working and learning remotely. We have put together a playlist of tutorials that should help you get the most out of Teams.

Playlist: Teams for chat, meetings, file sharing


Students get an introduction to using EndNote, a reference management tool, to organize their literature collection and create bibliographies in Word. 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. You will also be introduced to how you can organize references in groups.
Part 1: Create a new library, add references manually, switch bibliographic styles
Part 2: Extract citations from a database, organize citations, attach PDFs, add citations to a Word document

Video Series: EndNote [11, 12 MINUTES]


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. Part 1 focuses on data entry and Part 2 demonstrates formulas and functions.

Video Series: Excel [13, 23 minutes]

Find It All! Embase (with Drug and Device Tracking)

Explore the application of advanced search techniques to this subscription database. Embase includes a comprehensive index of peer-reviewed biomedical literature not covered by PubMed and combines its own Emtree terms for devices, drugs and more to make papers easier to find.

Playlist: tutorials on Drug and Device searches

Find It All! Web of Science (with Citation Counts)

Explore this subscription database. Web of Science is a database that contains bibliographic records and their citations. This allows for the citation counts that constitute the data behind JCR’s Impact Factors. Excellent for finding high-impact literature or finding where to publish.

Video Series: Intro, Author analysis

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.

Playlist: Tips for giving your best presentation

Keeping Current with 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! We’ll talk about e-journal readers, feed readers, web collectors, reading list organizers, guidelines apps, email alerts, and online networking.

Video: BrowZine [6 minutes]

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.

Playlist from GCF Learnfree

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.

Video series: Powerpoint [8, 16, 12, 14 minutes]

Research Tips

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.

3 Videos: Full text via PubMed and Get started with ILL

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.

The playlist consists of several videos of less than 5 minutes each. They reinforce the foundation skills you need to use Word more efficiently but were never officially taught.

Wonders of Word Playlist

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.

Playlist: focus on writing better emails


Zoom meetings and webinars keep us connected when we can’t be in the same room. This playlist includes tutorials that will help you learn some features of the free Zoom account and see how to keep secure while collaborating remotely.

Playlist: Joining a Zoom Meeting, Starting a Meeting, Microphone troubleshoot...