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Health Sciences Webinars

Description

VCU Libraries offers many 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. After registering participants will receive the class URL via email.

PubMed: Searching the Biomedical Literature
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022
12:10 - 12:50 p.m.
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Learn to search the biomedical literature with PubMed, a free online scientific database from the National Libraries of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This webinar covers basic search techniques and features of the database that allow users to filter and enhance  search results. In addition, you will learn how to access full-text 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; and
  • Identify options for saving or sharing articles and searches.

Zotero Basics
Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
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Zotero helps users manage their citation collections. In this workshop, participants will learn how to 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 much more. 

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

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

PubMed and CINAHL: Basics of Doing a Good Search
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022
Noon - 1 p.m.
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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; and
  • Connect to VCU Libraries holding to obtain full text of articles.

Web of Science Basics
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022
12:10 - 12:40 p.m.
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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; and
  • Save and export citations of interest.

PubMed and CINAHL: Basics of Doing a Good Search
Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
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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 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 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; and
  • Connect to VCU Libraries holding to obtain full text of articles.

Finding Clinical Trials
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022
12:10 - 12:50 p.m.
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Biomedical research moves at a fast pace with thousands of drug and device trials occurring across the world simultaneously. Information on clinical trials is often available, but it can be difficult to find. Through this webinar you will learn about the most reliable sources for information on clinical trials. You will also learn the most efficient techniques for finding published results of clinical trials as well as trial protocols and regulatory documentation.

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

  • Identify sources of information on clinical trials and
  • Demonstrate techniques for locating clinical trials in complex databases and search engines.

Searching OVID: MEDLINE and Embase Basics
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022
1 - 2 p.m.
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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; and
  • Connect to VCU Libraries holdings to obtain full text of articles.

PubMed: Searching the Biomedical Literature
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022
12:10 - 12:50 p.m.
Register for this 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; and
  • Identify options for saving or sharing articles and searches.

Finding Health Statistics Online
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022
1 - 2 p.m.
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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; and
  • Explore resources on racial health disparities statistics.

Searching OVID: MEDLINE and Embase Basics
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
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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; and
  • Connect to VCU Libraries holdings to obtain full text of articles.

Patents
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022
Noon - 1 p.m.
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Patents are a rich source of information for researchers and an important part of the innovation process. Searching for patents can be a time consuming process when not simply seeing if a patent exists but analyzing existing patents to ensure that your invention / device / product is not yet patented. In this workshop you will learn about resources available to inventors at VCU, understand principles of patient searching that apply across databases, and discover how to use patent-specific tools to complement your searches.

During this webinar, attendees will:

  • Become familiar with some of the resources VCU has to assist inventors;
  • Practice breaking down the description of an idea into building blocks or facets to use when searching; and
  • Locate the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) code and references to prior art in a patent and know how to use that information to find similar patents.

Zotero Basics
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022
1 - 2 p.m.
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Zotero helps users manage their citation collections. In this workshop participants will learn how to 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 much 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; and
  • Generate in-text citations and bibliographies using Zotero’s Microsoft Word Plugin.

How to Find and Appraise Secondary Datasets
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022
1 - 2 p.m.
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If you’re a beginning researcher looking to become familiar with data resources, you might consider looking for secondary data. Secondary data has been collected by one researcher for one purpose, but can be used by other researchers to answer other questions. Some secondary datasets are publicly available and can save time and money in allowing a researcher to use relevant data that has already been collected, rather than collecting it from scratch. VCU Libraries provides access to several resources that curate secondary datasets for research and teaching purposes. This webinar is designed to introduce you to these resources, show you where to find them using VCU Libraries guides, and to explore how some secondary dataset records are organized.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define “secondary data”;
  • Use VCU Libraries research guides to find secondary data resources;
  • Choose a dataset based on a topic;
  • Identify the components of a secondary dataset record; and
  • Review implications for using secondary datasets to inform your research.

Zotero Basics
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Register for this session

Zotero helps users manage their citation collections. In this workshop participants will learn how to 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 much 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; and
  • Generate in-text citations and bibliographies using Zotero’s Microsoft Word Plugin.

Searching OVID: MEDLINE and Embase Basics
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022
1 - 2 p.m.
Register for this 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; and
  • Connect to VCU Libraries holdings to obtain full text of articles.

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