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Health Sciences Webinars

Description

VCU Libraries offers a wide range of webinars to help researchers at all levels in the health sciences master online tools and other resources and strategies that benefit research projects. Topics include making the most of PubMed, finding scientific and medical images, using Creative Commons, mining databases and searching for reliable consumer health information.

The series is free and open to all, but registration is required. For questions or accommodations, please contact Brandon Burneson, research and education assistant, at burnesonbp@vcu.edu.

Schedule

PubMed: Searching the Biomedical Literature
Presenter: John Cyrus
Aug. 25, 2021
12–12:45 p.m.
Register for this Aug. 25 Session

Learn to search the biomedical literature with PubMed, a free online scientific database from the National Libraries of Medicine and the NIH. This webinar will discuss basic search techniques and features of the database that allow you to filter and enhance your search. In addition, you will learn how to access full-text of articles, save searches and get alerts for topics that interest you.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Perform a search in PubMed and identify options for displaying and filtering search results
  • Investigate a citation record to obtain full-text of articles and view citations of similar articles
  • Identify options for saving or sharing articles and searches

PubMed & CINAHL: Basics of Doing a Good Search
Presenter: Roy Brown
Aug. 29, 2021
7:308:30 p.m.
Register for this Aug. 29 Session

Learn the basics of doing a good search to search and how those apply in PubMed/Medline and CINAHL. In the course of the workshop, participants will learn about the basic features of each database and search techniques such as limits, the use of Boolean Operators. Also, methods to identify locally available journals or full-text online articles will be discussed.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe what topics and/or disciplines are covered by each database
  • Understand why and how to access PubMed and CINAHL through VCU libraries
  • Perform a simple search in PubMed and CINAHL and view search history in each
  • Identify options for displaying search results
  • Discuss options for limiting or filtering results of search
  • Connect to VCU Libraries holding to obtain full text of articles

PubMed and CINAHL: Basics of Doing a Good Search
Presenter: Roy Brown
Aug. 31, 2021
7:308:30 p.m.
Register for this Aug. 31 Session

Learn the basics of doing a good search to search and how those apply in PubMed/Medline and CINAHL. In the course of the workshop, participants will learn about the basic features of each database and search techniques such as limits, the use of Boolean Operators. Also, methods to identify locally available journals or full-text online articles will be discussed.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe what topics and/or disciplines are covered by each database
  • Understand why and how to access PubMed and CINAHL through VCU libraries
  • Perform a simple search in PubMed and CINAHL and view search history in each
  • Identify options for displaying search results
  • Discuss options for limiting or filtering results of search
  • Connect to VCU Libraries holding to obtain full text of articles

Zotero Basics
Presenter: John Cyrus
Sept. 2, 2021
7–8 p.m.
Register for this Sept. 2 Session

Zotero is a tool that helps users manage their citation collections. In this workshop participants will learn to how create a Zotero account, import citations and PDFs from various platforms, organize citation collections, generate in-text citations and bibliographies using Zotero’s Microsoft Word Plugin and more.

Upon completion of this workshop attendees will be able to:

  • Create a Zotero account
  • Import citations and PDFs from websites and library databases
  • Organize citation collections
  • Generate in-text citations and bibliographies using Zotero’s Microsoft Word Plugin

Mendeley Basics
Presenter: Roy Brown
Sept. 7, 2021
7:30–8:30 p.m.
Register for this Sept. 7 Session

Mendeley is a tool that helps users manage, share, annotate and cite their citation collections. Citation collections can be stored in the cloud and used across various devices or platforms. In this workshop participants will learn to create a Mendeley account, import citations and PDFs from various databases, organize citation collections, manage groups and more.

Upon completion of this workshop attendees will be able to:

  • Create a new account
  • Import citations and PDFs from various databases
  • Organize citation collections
  • Annotate PDFs and make notes that can be shared
  • Use groups to collaborate with others
  • Use Mendeley plugin to properly place in-text citations and create a bibliography in a selected citation style

Biosketch Form Update
Presenter: Stacey Wahl
Sept. 9, 2021
Noon–12:30 p.m.
Register for this Sept. 9 Session

This webinar will go over changes to the NIH Biosketch Form and Other Support Form. These changes are recommended for all grant submissions and required after Jan 1, 2022.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the areas of the NIH Grant Application (SF-424) package that have changed
  • Understand how to adapt current documentation or develop new grant documents to meet current guidelines

SAGE Research Methods
Presenter: Erica Brody
Sept. 14, 2021
12:10–12:40 p.m.
Register for this Sept. 14 Session

Do you ever find yourself stuck at some part of the research process? Are you in a class or program that requires you to do a research project and you don’t know where to start? Or perhaps, you have collected all of your data and are not quite sure how to approach analysis?

SAGE Research Methods can help you move forward. This online database has information to guide users through each step of the research process, from defining a topic to research design and writing a manuscript for publication. Content is presented in the following formats to accommodate all types of learners:

  • Books and articles
  • Videos
  • Case studies
  • Podcasts
  • Sample datasets to practice analytic techniques

During this workshop, we will showcase the various types of content available and demonstrate how to navigate the vast collection of resources in SAGE Research Methods.

Learning Objectives:

  • Navigate SAGE Research Methods to find desired information about research methodology
  • Use the “project planner” in SAGE Research Methods to locate information about every step of the research process
  • Collect sources of interest in “reading lists” that you can review in the future or share with peers

Searching OVID: MEDLINE and Embase Basics
Presenter: Roy Brown
Sept. 14, 2021
7:30–8:30 p.m.
Register for this Sept. 14 Session

Learn the basics of doing a good search and how those apply to using the Ovid interface to use MEDLINE and Embase. In the course of the workshop, participants will learn about the basic features of each database and search techniques such as limits, the use of Boolean Operators. Also, methods to identify locally available journals or full-text online articles will be discussed.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe what topics and/or disciplines are covered by each database
  • Understand why and how to access Ovid MEDLINE & Embase through VCU Libraries
  • Perform a simple search in MEDLINE and Embase and view search history in each
  • Identify options for displaying search results
  • Discuss options for limiting or filtering results of a search
  • Connect to VCU Libraries holdings to obtain full text of articles

Web of Science Basics
Presenter: Stacey Wahl
Sept. 15, 2021
12–1 p.m.
Register for this Sept. 15 Session

The Health Sciences Library provides access to Web of Science. This 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 method paper you are using for your research.

At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the features and components of Web of Science
  • Compare Web of Science to other sources of science information
  • Apply knowledge of WoS and the basics of searching to effectively and efficiently search the sciences literature
  • Save and export citations of interest

Searching OVID: MEDLINE and Embase Basics
Presenter: Roy Brown
Sept. 26, 2021
7:308:30 p.m.
Register for this Sept. 26 Session

Learn the basics of doing a good search and how those apply to using the Ovid interface to use
MEDLINE and Embase. In the course of the workshop, participants will learn about the basic features of
each database and search techniques such as limits, the use of Boolean Operators. Also, methods to
identify locally available journals or full-text online articles will also be discussed.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe what topics and/or disciplines are covered by each database.
  • Understand why and how to access Ovid MEDLINE & Embase through VCU libraries
  • Perform a simple search in MEDLINE and Embase and view search history in each
  • Identify options for displaying search results
  • Discuss options for limiting or filtering results of a search
  • Connect to VCU Libraries holdings to obtain full text of articles

Zotero Basics
Presenter: Rachel Koenig
Oct. 5, 2021
Noon–12:50 p.m.
Register for this Oct. 5 Session

Zotero is a tool that helps users manage their citation collections. In this workshop participants will learn to how create a Zotero account, import citations and PDFs from various platforms, organize citation collections, generate in-text citations and bibliographies using Zotero’s Microsoft Word Plugin and more.

Upon completion of this workshop attendees will be able to:

  • Create a Zotero account
  • Import citations and PDFs from websites and library databases
  • Organize citation collections
  • Generate in-text citations and bibliographies using Zotero’s Microsoft Word Plugin

Systematic Review Q&A
Presenter: John Cyrus
Oct. 20, 2021
Noon–12:50 p.m.
Register for this Oct. 20 Session

Have you considered conducting a systematic review, but you do not know where to start? Are you stuck writing the protocol? Are you frustrated trying to create and run a search in multiple databases?

If so, get help from librarians at the VCU Health Sciences Library. This session will provide a brief introduction to systematic review, answer some common questions and give you the opportunity to ask questions.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key steps in the process of conducting a systematic review
  • Describe the ways in which librarians at VCU can support a systematic review
  • Answer common questions about systematic reviews

Mendeley Basics
Presenter: Roy Brown
Oct. 24, 2021
7:30–8:30 p.m.
Register for this Oct. 24 Session

Mendeley is a tool that helps users manage, share, annotate and cite their citation collections. Citation collections can be stored in the cloud and used across various devices or platforms. In this workshop participants will learn to create a Mendeley account, import citations and PDFs from various databases, organize citation collections, manage groups and more.

Upon completion of this workshop attendees will be able to:

  • Create a new account
  • Import citations and PDFs from various databases
  • Organize citation collections
  • Annotate PDFs and make notes that can be shared.
  • Use groups to collaborate with others
  • Use Mendeley plugin to properly place in-text citations and create a bibliography in a selected citation style

Finding Health Statistics Online
Presenter: Erin Carrillo and Talicia Tarver
Oct. 26, 2021
2–3 p.m.
Register for this Oct. 26 Session

Public health institutions provide a wealth of statistical information through the Internet. But finding the correct statistic can be tricky, especially with so many resources to sift through. That's why VCU Libraries has created a Health Statistics Online research guide to help make sense of the various resources out there. This webinar will show you how you can use this guide to explore local, national and international statistical resources, as well as resources on racial health disparities statistics.

By the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Be acquainted with VCU Libraries’ Health Statistics Online research guide
  • Be able to use the guide to find local, national and international statistics
  • Explore resources on racial health disparities statistics

Optimizing Your Biosketch
Presenter: Stacey Wahl
Oct. 28, 2021
Noon–1 p.m.
Register for this Oct. 28 Session

In this webinar we will explore how to use research impact metrics at the author, article and journal level to highlight research impact in an NIH biosketch.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of unique identifiers for researchers (like ORCiD)
  • Utilize ScienCV (NIH/NSF) to create biosketches and other supporting documents
  • Investigate ways to enhance grant applications with bibliometrics

Creating Custom Health Statistical Tables from Census Microdata
Presenter: Nina Exner and Talicia Tarver
Nov. 3, 2021
Noon–1 p.m.
Register for this Nov. 3 Session

This workshop is about making statistics summary tables that are customized to specific needs. We often want to present statistics on very specific user groups for our patient profile or needs assessments. Sometimes the statistical tables we find are not quite what we want. Have you ever found a statistics table that was almost perfect? Have you wished that you could tweak those government statistical tables a little? You can. There is a way to customize “cross tabulations” or statistical tables from the Census.

In this session we will walk you through customizing a table using the Public Use Microdata Sample on http://data.census.gov. This workshop is a follow-up to the health data and statistics class. It is recommended that attendees new to searching for statistics should watch that webinar first.

By the end on the session, participants will be able to:

  • Navigate to the American Community Survey microdata site
  • Create a crosstabulation of national health statistics using three or more variables

Biosketch Form Update
Presenter: Stacey Wahl
Nov. 10, 2021
Noon–12:30 p.m.
Register for this Nov. 10 Session

This webinar will go over changes to the NIH Biosketch Form and Other Support Form. These changes are recommended for all grant submissions and required after Jan 1, 2022.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the areas of the NIH Grant Application (SF-424) package that have changed
  • Understand how to adapt current documentation or develop new grant documents to meet current guidelines

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