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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.

Upcoming Sessions: 

PubMed & CINAHL: Basics of Doing a Good Search
Sunday, January 29, 2023
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
https://vcu.libcal.com/event/10235608 

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.

Objectives: 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 & 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
Thursday, February 2, 2023
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
https://vcu.libcal.com/event/10235643 

Zotero is a tool that 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. 

Objectives: 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 

Zotero Basics
Sunday, February 5, 2023
7:30-8:30 p.m.
https://vcu.libcal.com/event/10235663 

Zotero is a tool that 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. 

Objectives: 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 

PubMed & CINAHL: Basics of Doing a Good Search
Thursday, February 9, 2023
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
https://vcu.libcal.com/event/10235669 

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.

Objectives: 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 & 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

Mendeley Reference Manager Basics
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
https://vcu.libcal.com/event/10236105 

Mendeley is a tool that helps users manage, share, annotate, and cite citations to research. Citation collections are stored in the cloud and can be used across various devices or platforms. In this workshop participants will learn how to install Mendeley, import citations and PDFs from various databases, organize a library of citations, and insert citations into a document. 

Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop attendees will be able to:

  • Install Mendeley Reference Manager
  • Import citations from PubMed and PDFs from various sources using the Mendeley web browser plug in
  • Organize citations into collections
  • Annotate PDFs and make notes that can be shared.
  • Use Mendeley plugin to place in-text citations and a bibliography  into a document

Zotero Basics
Thursday, March 2, 2023
12 noon - 1 p.m.
https://vcu.libcal.com/event/10236289 

Zotero is a tool that 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. 

Objectives: 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 

Introduction to Covidence Systematic Review Software
Thursday, March 9, 2023
12 noon - 1 p.m.
https://vcu.libcal.com/event/10236318 

Considering taking on an evidence synthesis project like a systematic review? Learn more about Covidence, a new resource offered through VCU Libraries. Covidence is a web-based tool that streamlines the process of conducting a systematic review or other type of evidence synthesis project. This session will walk you through how to register with the VCU institutional account and provide an overview of how Covidence can facilitate the screening and data extraction phases of your review.

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

  • Register for Covidence through the VCU institutional account
  • Set up a new review and invite collaborators
  • Understand the basic features of Covidence including, uploading citations, defining eligibility criteria, making screening decisions, and utilizing data extraction forms.

PubMed: Searching the Biomedical Literature 
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
12 noon - 1 p.m.
https://vcu.libcal.com/event/10236346 

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.  

Objectives: 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

Finding Medical Images
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
12 noon - 1 p.m. 
https://vcu.libcal.com/event/10236354

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 free resources. Attendees will also learn about copyright considerations for the use of images in the classroom, for publication, and in presentations. 

Objectives: At the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Become aware of the various image databases/resources that are available through VCU Libraries. 
  • Have an awareness of various free image resources. 
  • Better understand the rules of copyright that must be considered when it comes to the use of images in presentations, publications and in the classroom. 

Prior Sessions: 

PubMed: Searching the Biomedical Literature
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 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 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.
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. 

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.
Register for this 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; 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.
Register for this 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; 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.
Register for this 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 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.
Register for this session

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.
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.

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.
Register for this 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; and
  • Explore resources on racial health disparities statistics.

Searching OVID: MEDLINE and Embase Basics
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022
7:30 - 8:30 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.

Patents
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022
Noon - 1 p.m.
Register for this session

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.
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.

How to Find and Appraise Secondary Datasets
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022
1 - 2 p.m.
Register for this session

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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