Workshops at The Library

Please Note

  • All instructional workshops are open to UCSD students, staff, and faculty. San Diego area health professionals may also attend the workshops space permitting. PubMed workshops are open to everyone.
  • Individual / group consultations and customized workshops on these or other topics are also available. Contact Karen Heskett to request a consultation.
  • Laptops welcome - we have room in our classrooms for you to bring your own wireless-equipped laptop if you prefer to use your own equipment. 
  • Registration: Click the register link by the workshop you wish to attend and fill out the form. If you have questions or comments, you can e-mail Karen Heskett.
  • Instructors can request library instruction

Please register at least 24 hours in advance. Workshops may be cancelled due to insufficient registration. Registrants will be notified if a workshop is cancelled.

Workshop Descriptions

Please note that classes will take place in both the Biomedical Library Building & the Geisel Library as well as outside of the library. Be sure to go to the correct location!-->

Search Series - Library Databases and Search Tools

PubMed:  the Basics

This hands-on workshop focuses on what every user needs to know about PubMed, whether doing a search for a specific author or topic using keywords. Learn to focus your results with limits, become familiar with the features of the advanced search screen, and know how to use UC E-Links to easily get to full text articles.

Nov 8 (Wed),
Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3
12:00 - 1:30 pm

PubMed: Beyond the Essentials

Move beyond the basics to refine and expand your searching skills. Learn about MeSH terms and how to use them in a search. Use MyNCBI and its numerous tools to keep you updated and to customize PubMed for your most frequent types of searches. Great for the frequent searcher.

Nov 15 (Wed),
Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3
12:00 - 1:30 pm

Information Management Series

Managing Citations - Which Tool to Use?

This session will provide an introduction to a variety of tools for managing papers and citations including EndNote & EndNote Online, Zotero, Mendeley and will discuss how to choose the tool that's right for you.

Oct 11 (Wed),
Geisel Lib Bldg Classroom 1
2:00 - 3:30 pm


Zotero is an easy to use citation manager with an itunes-like interface. Grab web pages, books from Amazon, or citations from a database (or even Roger). You can save PDFs or screenshots of webpages, organize your collection of resources, and add notes to your library. Very student friendly yet robust enough to work for researchers and faculty.


Oct 18 (Wed)
Geisel Lib Bldg Classroom 1
11:00 - 12:00 pm

Zotero Drop - In Clinic

Got questions about using Zotero but don't want a workshop on it? Come with your questions and we'll figure out the answer. Registration is not required, but if you want a reminder, register.


Oct 18 (Wed)
Geisel Lib Bldg Classroom 1
12:00 - 12:30 pm

EndNote Online

The online version of EndNote is available for free. Come learn how to insert citations to your online library and then use them when writing a paper. Users of the desktop version can also synch their online and desktop library, come learn how the online version extends your options.

Nov 6 (Mon)
Biomed Lib Bldg Classroom 3
2:00 - 3:30 pm


Writing a research paper and need to manage your references? Or, have PDFs you want to organize? Mendeley is another of the free resources that offers tools for making these tasks a little bit easier. This hands-on workshop covers both Mendeley desktop & online tools, including Mendelely groups and using the citations tools in Word. Come learn the secret options that Mendeley has hidden in their program.

Nov 14 (Tues) Geisel Lib Bldg Classroom 1
10:00 - 11:30 am

EndNote Desktop

Writing a research paper and need to manage your references? Using EndNote already, but want to learn about its "power" features (e.g., Connect, "Cite While You Write," etc.)? Take this workshop to learn to build your own EndNote reference library and work with Word to write your paper and seamlessly create bibliographies.

Does the date and time not fit your schedule or need a session sooner? Request a consultation.

Dec 7 (Thur),
Biomed Lib Bldg Classroom 3
11:00 - 12:30 pm

Scholarly Publishing Series

Understanding Publications and Complying with Grant Funder Mandates

The Library in collaboration with the Health Sciences Research Service Core will be offering a free Publications training session. The focus is on educating research administrators on the publication process regarding tools, databases and compliance with the NIH public access policy.  Please come with your questions.  Topics will include: NIH Public Access Policy, Linking publications in My Bibliography to an NIH progress report (RPPR), assisting your PI with eScholarship depositing, and a review of repository databases and associated tools (MyNCBI, PMC SciENcv, etc). 

Oct 12 (Thur),
MET, Rooms 141-145
9:00 - 11:00 am

Research Data Curation Series

Practical Steps for Increasing Openness and Reproducibility: An Introduction to the Open Science Framework (OSF)

Please join us for a workshop hosted by the Center for Open Science to learn the many simple actions researchers can take to increase the reproducibility of their work. The workshop will be hands-on. Using example studies, attendees will actively participate in creating a reproducible project from start to finish. Topics covered:

  • Project documentation 
  • Version control 
  • Preregistration  
  • Open source tools like the Center for Open Science’s Open Science Framework to easily implement these concepts in a scientific workflow

This workshop is aimed at faculty, staff, and students across disciplines who are engaged in quantitative research. The workshop does not require any specialized knowledge of programming. Participants will gain a foundation for incorporating reproducible, transparent practices into their current workflows.

If you would like to work on your own laptop, please bring it.

Oct 19 (Thur),
Geisel Classroom 1
9:00 - 12:00 pm