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Advance Your Research

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A series of online workshops for graduate students and advanced researchers, designed to help make your research process better, faster and smarter. A recording will be available after each session.

The series is free and open to all, but please register for the session you plan on attending. For special accommodations, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593 at least two days prior to the event.

Schedule and Registration

Upcoming Sessions

Make the Most of MyNCBI
Emily Hurst
April 24, 2018, noon–1 p.m
Register for April 24 event
Customize your experience with PubMed and other NCBI databases by registering for a free MyNCBI account. MyNCBI lets you set default display options, highlight search terms in results, keep your search history, create alerts and citation collections, and much more. Tools such as My Bibliography and SciENcv can help you comply with federal requirements. This webinar will introduce and demonstrate many of the tools available through MyNCBI.

Past Sessions

PubMed Basics Webinar
Talicia Tarver
Jan. 18, 2018, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Learn to search MEDLINE via PubMed, including basic features and search techniques such as limits, display options and print formats. Methods to identify locally available journals or full-text online articles will also be discussed.

Web of Science: Basics
Erica Brody
Jan. 26, 2018, noon–1 p.m.
Web of Science is an excellent database to enhance your biomedical literature search by allowing one stop cross-disciplinary searching. Along with subject or author searching, you can do a cited-reference search. Find out who has cited you or who else has cited the paper you are using for your research. Presented by a librarian from Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences.‌

Database Basics for Nurses Webinar
Roy Brown
Jan. 28, 2018, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of doing an effective search and how to apply best practices to PubMed/MEDLINE and CINAHL. In this session, you will learn about the features of each database and search techniques such as limits, use of Boolean Operators and methods to identify locally available journals or full-text online articles.

Database Basics for Nurses Webinar
Roy Brown
Jan. 30, 2018, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of doing an effective search and how to apply best practices to PubMed/MEDLINE and CINAHL. In this session, you will learn about the features of each database and search techniques such as limits, use of Boolean Operators and methods to identify locally available journals or full-text online articles.

Hands-On with VisualDx Webinar
Erica Brody
Feb. 4, 2018, 7–7:40 p.m.
What do you do when you notice a mole on your patient’s forehead? Or see red spots on the throat? Have you ever wondered if there are information resources you can use at the point-of-care to help you understand the symptoms and refer your patient for appropriate and timely care? VisualDx is a point-of-care visual diagnostic clinical decision support system including more than 25,000 dermatology, oral pathology, ophthalmology, public health, drug reaction and other images detailing variation in age, stage and skin type. The database contains information about endemic diseases and outbreaks by geographic location to inform health issues that arise from travel.

Get Creative (Commons)
Carla-Mae Crookendale
Feb. 7, 2018, noon–1 p.m.
Learn about Creative Commons and how to find, use and create Creative Commons licensed media. ‌

PubMed for Pharmacy Webinar
Rachel Koenig
Feb. 7, 2018, 2–2:30 p.m.
PubMed is a great source of primary literature, including original research related to drug information. This webinar will provide a fast-paced overview of how to locate journal articles related to drugs in PubMed. It will also explain how to search for drug-related terms in the Medical Subject Headings and when to use a Pharmacological Action or Supplementary concept tag.

Consumer Health Resources: Reliable Resources for Finding Health Information for Patients
Dana Ladd
Feb. 13, 2018, 1–2 p.m.
Patients search online for health information but may not have the skills to evaluate the information they find. Directing patients to reliable sources of information is important so that patients make health decisions based on accurate and reliable information. This workshop will teach students basic website evaluation skills. Participants will learn how to find reliable health information written in language patients can understand.  An emphasis will be on using MEDLINEPlus for finding health information. Participants will also learn to use SeniorNavigator, a local health resource. During the workshop, the instructor will demonstrate health resources available on the Community Health Education Center’s (CHEC) website and ensure participants are familiar with CHEC as a source they can turn for assistance in finding health information and as a place to refer patients.

A Date with Data from ICPSR
Nina Exner
Feb. 14, 2018, noon–1 p.m.
Conduct secondary analysis using real research data for course papers, theses or articles.

Clinical Information at Your Fingertips: Mobile UpToDate Webinar
Erica Brody
Feb. 16, 2018, 2–2:30 p.m.
What do you do when you hear the name of an unfamiliar health condition? Or observe an unusual combination of symptoms? Have you ever wondered if there are information resources accessible at the point-of-care to help you understand the symptoms you are seeing and refer your patient for appropriate and timely care? UpToDate is a clinical tool specifically designed to answer quickly and easily the types of clinical questions that arise in daily practice. The information can be used right at the point of care for a range of medical conditions. The resource includes pharmaceutical information, patient handouts and graphics.

PubMed: Advanced
John Cyrus
Feb. 21, 2018, noon–1 p.m.
Become a PubMed pro at this session about advanced tools and techniques that will help you navigate the literature more thoroughly and precisely. This online session will provide you with an overview of features medical librarians recommend. These include the use of Medical Subject Heading (MeSH), Advanced Search, Search Alerts, Clinical Queries, efficient organizing and collecting options, as well as an introduction to MyNCBI.

Finding Consumer Health Rare Disease Information
Dana Ladd
Feb. 28, 2018, noon–1 p.m.
Join us on Rare Disease Day, February 28, to learn more about how to find consumer health information on rare diseases. A light lunch will be provided. There are nearly 7,000 diseases that are considered rare. While there may be few people diagnosed with any one rare disease, collectively the number of people in the United States diagnosed with rare diseases is estimated to be between 25 to 30 million. Patients diagnosed with rare diseases often face many challenges including difficulty finding consumer-level health information about their conditions. Participants in this workshop will learn how to find consumer health information about rare diseases. During the workshop, the instructor will demonstrate several freely available online resources that can be used to find reliable consumer health information including: MedlinePlus, National Organization for Rare Disorders, Genetics and Rare Diseases Information Center and Genetics Home Reference.

PubMed: Basics
John Cyrus
March 7, 2018, noon–1 p.m.
Learn to search MEDLINE via PubMed, including basic features and search techniques such as limits, display options and print formats. Methods to identify locally available journals or full-text online articles will also be discussed. Presented by Talicia Tarver, librarian for the School of Allied Health Professions from Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences.

Research Poster Design
Eric Johnson
March 14, 2018, noon–1 p.m.
Was your poster accepted at a conference or symposium? Feeling uncertain about the best ways to lay your research out onto a poster? Join VCU Libraries to learn quick tips, tricks and tools that will help take your poster to the next level. You will learn how to make your research poster-eye catching and organized in a way that helps people understand your work. Valuable library resources and services to help you prepare your poster will also be presented.
This session will be presented in-person (Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences Lecture Room 2-010) and as a webinar. Join us whichever way works for you.

Methods for Gathering and Synthesizing Healthcare Research
John Cyrus
March 20, 2018, 1–2 p.m.
We often use the term “literature review” in academia without considering that it has a number of meanings, implications and applications. This session will discuss the role of the literature review in supporting and helping to plan research and scholarly activity. In this session, you will hear about the spectrum of literature reviews from the broad investigatory review (scoping review) to systematic reviews that set up a meta-analysis.

Finding Scientific and Medical Images 
Roy Brown
March 27, 2018, 1–2 p.m.
Need to find images for a paper, poster, class or presentation? This workshop will help you navigate image options and resources. Participants will learn how to access licensed resources including ARTstor, AP Images and Anatomy.TV through VCU Libraries as well as additional free resources. Attendees will also learn about copyright considerations for the use of images in classrooms, publications and in presentations.

Show Me the Money! Use PIVOT to Find Funding Opportunities
Melissa Throckmorton
March 28, 2018, noon–1 p.m.
Learn step-by-step how to use the PIVOT search engine to find funding opportunities specific to your research.

Research Poster Design
Stephen Barkley
April 5, 2018, noon–1 p.m.
Was your poster accepted at a conference or symposium? Feeling uncertain about the best ways to lay your research out onto a poster? Join VCU Libraries to learn quick tips, tricks and tools that will help take your poster to the next level. You will learn how to make your research poster-eye catching and organized in a way that helps people understand your work. Valuable library resources and services to help you prepare your poster will also be presented. 
This session will be presented in-person (Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences Lecture Room 2-010) and as a webinar. Join us whichever way works for you.

Hands-on with VisualDx
Erica Brody
April 5, 2018, 2–2:40 p.m. 
What do you do when you notice a mole on your patient’s forehead? Or red spots on the throat? Have you ever wondered which information resources are accessible at the point-of-care to help you understand the symptoms you are seeing and refer your patient for appropriate and timely follow-up care? VisualDx is a point-of-care visual diagnostic clinical decision-support system including more than 25,000 dermatology, oral pathology, ophthalmology, public health, drug reaction, and other images detailing variation in age, stage and skin type. The database contains information about endemic diseases and outbreaks by geographic location to inform health issues that arise from travel.

PubMed: Make the Most of the Premier Biomedical Database
Emily Hurst
April 17, 2018, noon–1 p.m
Learn how to use the basic features of PubMed to explore the biomedical literature.

Image: Advance Your Research webinar sessions, by Emily Kundrot, original blue head illustration by Jeff Bland.

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