Education: Workshops & Consultations

Finding Information:


  • CINAHL and Other Information Resources for Nurses
    CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) indexes the nursing and allied health literature. This workshop covers searching tips and techniques and accessing full-text journal articles. We’ll also look at other useful web-based resources, including sources of information for patients. Hands-on time is included in this workshop.
  • PubMed (MEDLINE): Getting Started
    This workshop will cover the basics of using PubMed to find journal articles. We'll discuss how to select and combine search terms to develop an effective search strategy. We'll demonstrate tools found in PubMed, such as the limits, clipboard and "details" functions, that can make your searching more efficient. We'll also show you how to access the full text of articles you find. Hands-on time is included in this workshop.
  • PubMed (MEDLINE): Beyond the Basics
    This workshop is for people who have some experience searching MEDLINE (via Ovid or PubMed) who want to learn more advanced features of the PubMed interface: searching with medical subject headings (MeSH), clinical queries, utilizing the citation matcher, saving searches and autoalerts, and other My NCBI features. Hands-on time is included in this workshop. Prerequisite: MEDLINE: Getting Started with PubMed or comparable experience. Contact us if unsure.
  • Scopus and Web of Science: Feature-Rich Databases for Biomedical Literature
    Learn why Scopus and Web of Science are worth adding to your search toolkit.  In addition to extensive coverage of the biomedical literature these databases have advanced citation analysis tools so you can calculate h-index, look at journal impact, and see how many times an article has been cited.  These tools help you see who is citing your work and identify potential collaborators.  Scopus and Web of Science include more disciplines and more formats (e.g. meeting abstracts, book chapters, and patents) than PubMed so they are critical to comprehensive searching.  This workshop will also compare Web of Science and Scopus to help you decide which database is best for you.

Multiple Resources

  • Finding Reliable Health Information Online
    Searching online for trustworthy health information can be intimidating! This workshop will introduce sources for finding reliable health information online. Attendees will spend hands-on time searching free, consumer health resources like MedlinePlus and Genetics Home Reference, and will learn new ways to quickly search PubMed for relevant health information. Attendees will additionally discuss resource credibility. 
  • Finding the Numbers: Health Statistics
    Recent, relevant health statistics support research and provide critical evidence of need background for grant writing. This hands-on workshop will introduce attendees to sources for regional, state-level, and national statistics and population data. Attendees can expect to spend time navigating County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the Rural Health Information Hub, American Fact Finder, and others as applicable. 
  • Mobile Resources
    Looking to use your favorite websites on your phone? There’s an app for that! This workshop will cover point of care, drug and patient education apps for both Android and iPhone users. Bring your phone or tablet and follow along!    

Managing Information:

  • Best Practices for Data Management in Excel
    Actively managing your research data is an important part of research, and Excel is one of the most widely used tools. In this workshop, we will review best practices for data management in Excel, along with tips on filenames, README files, and metadata. We’ll introduce the free version of Colectica for Excel, a tool that can help you document your spreadsheet data.
  • EndNote: Managing Citations and Bibliographies
    Managing your references is a critical part of the research process. EndNote can import references from article indexes (e.g., MEDLINE), organize references in a database, and insert citations into your paper. EndNote is purchased and installed on your computer. This workshop will cover importing references into EndNote and using it in writing papers.
  • Free Citation Managers: Mendeley and Zotero
    This workshop introduces key functions of Mendeley and Zotero including installing, adding citations to your library, organizing and managing your citations, creating a bibliography, and easily inserting citations into your documents. We will discuss the differences between the two programs and when you might use each.
  • How To Do A Literature Review
    This workshop will present a structured method for conducting a literature search whether you’re writing the background section of a paper or you’re publishing a literature review. Topics include strategies to ensure a comprehensive search, documenting your process, and keeping track of what you find. Come to this workshop and learn how to perform a literature review like a pro.
  • Introduction to Research Data Management
    If you have thought you should be doing more to manage your data and don’t know where to start, this workshop is for you. We will start by briefly explaining what research data management is and why it is important. Then we’ll introduce three practices you can start implementing now to make your data more secure and more usable.
  • Metrics: Managing Personal, Journal and Article Impact
    Research impact is a buzz word in academia. Metrics, such as journal impact factor, h-index, citation analysis and altmetrics attempt to quantify impact. In this workshop we will:
    • Discuss impact metrics, what they measure, and why (and if) they matter
    • Show tools to determine these metrics (e.g. how to calculate your h-index?)
    • Demo ways of tracking interest in your publications using Web of Science
    • Highlight features of the Becker Model for assessing research impact
    • Discuss best practices for optimizing measurement of your research impact
  • Biomedical Publishing: Choose the Right Publication and Maximize Your Impact
    This workshop covers the basics of the biomedical publishing landscape for those preparing to submit their research for publication. We’ll discuss locating and assessing appropriate journals for your research, consider open access options and author rights, and identify ways to maximize your research impact.
  • So You’re Thinking of Writing a Systematic Review
    This workshop is for those considering a systematic review and looking for more information before they begin the process. We will identify the steps in the systematic review process, review the timeline and other resources necessary to complete the project, explore standards for systematic review development, review reference management software, preview using Rayyan as a screening tool and discuss how librarians can help.
  • Which Citation Manager is Right for Me? 
    Since all citation management software can neatly store citations and create bibliographies, it can be hard to choose the best one for your needs. In this workshop, we will discuss the differences between Mendeley, Zotero and Endnote to empower you to choose the citation manager that will best fit your needs.

Introduction to the Library:

  • "Back to School" Workshop
    Designed for individuals who have are returning to higher education after a hiatus, this workshop provides an overview of Biomedical Libraries resources and services. It includes how to use the online catalog to look up books and journals and locate these materials in the library, an overview of databases and online searching, and review of available research guides. When attended in person, this workshop also includes a tour of Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library.
  • Getting Started With Your Research: An Introduction to the Biomedical Libraries
    Are you new to the Dartmouth community? Returning to school? If you haven't had an opportunity to explore the many resources and services available to you through the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries, then this workshop is for you! We will introduce you to the Dartmouth Library online catalog, provide an overview of the many electronic resources available to you right from your desktop, show you how to access books and journal articles from both our collections and beyond, and register you for borrowing privileges.
  • Support Staff Seminar: Library Skills 101
    An introduction to Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries services designed specifically for secretaries, administrative assistants, research assistants, and clerical staff. Includes a tour of Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library, explanation of services, and a brief presentation of MEDLINE and Dartmouth's DartDoc document delivery system.