Workshops at The Library

Please Note

  • All instructional workshops are open to UC San Diego 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 Essentials

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.

Jan 31 (Thurs),
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.

Feb 14 (Thurs),
Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3
12:00 - 1:30 pm

Scholarly Communication Series

Introduction to Using Metrics to Communicate Research Impact

Scholars and researchers are increasingly asked to explain the impact of their research, whether for promotion and tenure, or grant applications and reports, even for visa applications. This workshop will provide an overview of the tools available for gathering citation-based metrics (bibliometrics) and alternative metrics (altmetrics). We will cover their key features and caveats of, and share some examples of how this data can be incorporated into CVs, P&T files, and other places where you want to communicate your scholarly impact. While the focus is on journal articles, metrics for other sources will be briefly covered. This workshop is open to all UC San Diego researchers, faculty, staff, and students.

May 8 (Wed)
Geisel Lib Bldg
Dunst Classroom
10:00 - 11:30 am

Communicating Research Impact using Bibliometrics and Altmetrics

In this intermediate, hands-on workshop, you will become familiar with the principal tools for tracking bibliometrics and altmetrics for your scholarly works, to help you communicate your research impact. We will focus on what data you can extract and analyze, as well as additional qualitative information you can retrieve to help support statements you want to make about your impact. We will also cover metrics for non-journal works in more detail, including books, chapters and datasets; strategies for selecting, collecting, and using metrics strategically; and ways to increase the visibility of your work. This workshop is open to all UC San Diego researchers, faculty, staff, and students.

May 16 (Thurs)
Geisel Lib Bldg Classroom 2
2:00 - 3:30 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.

Feb 20 (Wed),
Biomed Lib Bldg Classroom 3
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.


Feb 1 (Fri)
Biomed Lib Bldg Classroom 3 
10:00 - 10:50 am

Feb 8 (Fri)
Biomed Lib Bldg
Classroom 3
9:00 - 9:50 am

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.

Ask for a custom workshop or consult


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.

Ask for a custom workshop or consult

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.

Mar 7 (Thurs),
Biomed Lib Bldg Classroom 3
10:00 - 11:30 am

Data & GIS Mapping Series

Using GIS for Global Health

Maps are powerful tools and can help shed insight into patterns we might not otherwise see. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enables you to create your own maps using your own data or data made available from agencies or organizations. This workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to ArcGIS Online, a GIS tool, to look a global and local health issues. We will map a dataset and explore ways of analyzing it through a geographic lens. No prior experience with GIS is necessary.

April 8 (Mon),
Biomed Classroom 3
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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