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 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.

May 15 (Tue),
Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3
10:00 - 11:30 am

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.

May 30 (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.

Jun 6 (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.


May 15 (Wed),
Geisel Lib Bldg Classroom 1
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Or, ask for a custom workshop or consult

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.

May 24 (Thur),
Geisel Lib Bldg Classroom 1
9:30 - 10:30 am

Or, 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.

Jun 14 (Thur),
Biomed Lib Bldg Classroom 3
2:00 - 3:30 pm

Scholarly Communication Series


Measuring your Scholarly Impact with Metrics and Altmetrics

Scholars and researchers, academic departments, and universities increasingly are asked to explain the impact of their research to external funders and to measure themselves against their peers. Tracking citations and attempting to measure research impact isn’t new, but in recent years the number of available tools has grown significantly. In this workshop, you will learn about these available metrics tools, both “traditional” (like Web of Science) and “alternative” (like Altmetric), how to incorporate these into the telling the story of your research impact, and learn some of the ways you can increase your visibility as a scholar. We’ll cover impact metrics for a variety of research and scholarly works, from journal articles and books to datasets.

If the date & time for the workshop does not fit your schedule, contact us to schedule a special session for you or your department.

May 3 (Thur),
Biomed Lib Bldg
Classroom 3
2:00 - 3:30 pm


Managing Your Researcher Scholarly Identity

A professional online presence is one of the best tools a researcher and scholar can employ to increase the visibility of their publications and research output, to increase institutional recognition, to find potential collaborators, future co-authors, and readers. It is increasingly important to reach the public and policy makers and to keep discipline experts and their scholarship visible in Google search results. Even though It can be overwhelming as we attempt to stay abreast of every new development and option discovered or sold to us; curating your online identity is possible at any comfort level. Learn about tools and techniques to retain more control over your reputation and ensure that search results reflect how you want to be seen.

This workshop will cover strategies, services, and tools for curating your online profile and making your digital footprint work for you. Learn how scholars and researchers at all stages in their careers and comfort level can increase their visibility, impact, and collaborative opportunities. Take-away tools to make, track, and communicate broader impacts.

If the date & time for the workshop does not fit your schedule, contact us to schedule a special session for you or your department.

May 9 (Wed),
Biomed Lib Bldg
Events Room
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Research Data Curation Series

Software Carpentry Workshop in for R

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop. The workshop content is designed for novices. Registration for both days is mandatory. Please do not register if you cannot attend both days.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on.

May 22-23 (Tue & Wed),
Biomed Classroom 4
9:00 - 12:00 pm

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