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. Check with the education coordinator ( if unsure.
  • PsycINFO and MEDLINE: Finding Psychiatry and Psychology Information
    Finding psychiatry and psychology information often requires using two databases. PsycINFO indexes the world's literature in psychology and related disciplines, including linguistics, medicine, law, physiology, business, psychiatry, and anthropology. MEDLINE indexes the medical literature, including psychiatry journals. This workshop provides an overview of both databases, their subject coverage, and searching strategies.
  • Scopus
    If you use Medline (PubMed) or Web of Science, Scopus would be a good database to add to your toolkit.  It has strong journal coverage in the sciences and medicine so is useful for literature searching.  It integrates with ORCiD, helping you populate your ORCiD profile.  Scopus also has advanced citation analysis tools--for instance it will calculate h-index and display author citation patterns.  The citation analysis tools can also help you select journals in which to publish.  Come learn the features of this database.
  • Web of Science
    If you are a researcher in the life sciences, there are good reasons to complement your MEDLINE search with a Web of Science search. First, Web of Science offers wider coverage of the literature in terms of subject areas, time (from 1900 to present) and type of literature (journal articles, meeting abstracts, patents and more). Second, Web of Science has some features not found in MEDLINE. For instance, you can do citation searching (which articles cited a particular article) and use the analyze tool to categorize your results by author, institution, year and more.

Multiple Resources

  • Evidence-Based Medicine: Finding Answers to Clinical Questions - Quickly and Effectively
    Do you need to quickly find the "best" evidence on which to base patient care? This workshop will help you identify the most appropriate resources and employ effective search strategies. We'll explore resources that filter the data for you (e.g., Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, BMJ's Clinical Evidence, ACP Journal Club, National Guideline Clearinghouse). We'll also use tricks in MEDLINE to help you get to the highest level of evidence as efficiently as possible.
  • Finding Reliable Health Information Online
    This workshop is intended for anyone who has questions about how to find reliable health information online. We’ll discuss a number of online resources such as MedlinePlus and PubMed Health and other government and nonprofit sources. We’ll discuss how to assess credibility and determine which resources are most suitable to answer your health questions.
  • Point-of-Care & Mobile Resrouces
    Point-of-care resources are used to quickly make evidence-based decisions in a clinical setting. This workshop introduces you to free point-of-care and clinical mobile apps that are available to the Dartmouth/DHMC community. We’ll demo various mobile resources and attendees will be given information on how to get started with installing apps to their mobile devices.

Managing Information:

  • 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.
  • Excel: Creating Charts & Graphs in Excel
    In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to visually present Excel data in chart and graph format. We will discuss considerations for choosing one chart or graph type over another. You will also learn how to modify the appearance of your graph/chart, and change the way data are represented in legends and axes labels.
  • Google Suite
    Google is more than just a search engine, and offers a free suite of tools designed to serve as an outlet for creativity and to improve collaboration. In this workshop, you will learn about a number of tools such as Drive, Forms, Blogger, and a number of powerful features built into the Google search engine. Learn how to optimize your searches while also learning about Google's hidden features.
  • 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.
  • Mendeley: Intro to Mendeley
    Mendeley is a free reference manager and PDF organization tool that can help streamline your research and writing process. In this workshop you will learn how to use Mendeley to keep track of your PDF documents, import and organize citations into a personal database, add formatted citations to manuscripts, and generate bibliographies.
  • 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
  • PowerPoint Presentations: Getting Started
    This workshop introduces the principles of effective presentations and their practical application using the basic features of Microsoft PowerPoint. Topics include creating and working with presentation files, adding and modifying text, outlining, and incorporating graphics, charts and graphs. Hands-on time is included in this workshop.
  • PowerPoint Presentations: Advanced Tips and Tricks
    This workshop will help you customize your PowerPoint presentations with images, graphics, text styles, templates, slide transitions, and animation effects. Bring your questions or your own tips to share.  Prerequisite: PowerPoint Presentations: Getting Started or comparable experience. Check with the education coordinator ( if unsure.
  • PowerPoint: Creating Posters
    How do you use PowerPoint to create posters and signs? We will demonstrate sizing and formatting the page, basic design concepts, using layout and drawing tools, correct sizing of text and images, and printing options. This workshop will be helpful for anyone needing to create posters; students for class projects, researchers for conference presentations, or office staff for presentations or public relations. A working knowledge of PowerPoint will be helpful but not necessary.
  • PowerPoint: Templates
    Masters, Templates, and Themes, Oh My! Do you need to create or modify a departmental PowerPoint template? Want to customize an existing theme or template? Want to add your own custom layouts for your presentations? Come to this workshop to learn how to edit Masters, create new layouts and containers, add custom backgrounds and color schemes, and save your designs as templates you can reuse.
  • Zotero: The Basics
    Zotero is a free application that helps manage your references. With a single click, Zotero saves citations and creates customized bibliographies with citation style guides such as AMA Manual of Style, Council of Science Editors, Nature, and others. This workshop introduces key functions such as: Installing, adding citations to your library, organizing and managing your citations, creating a bibliography, and easily inserting citations into your documents.

Introduction to the Library:

  • "Back to School" Workshop
    Designed specifically for individuals pursuing higher education, 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. A brief overview of locally available computer databases and a tour of the library is also included.
  • 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.
  • Library Tour and Orientation
    A walking tour of Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library, and discussion about the various Biomedical Libraries services. Also includes a brief introduction to the Biomedical Libraries Web, from which you can access all Biomedical Libraries' resources and services.
  • 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.