Smith Library Workshops

Reference Desk
Reference Department

To register for a class, please fill out the Class Registration Form.
All classes meet in the Library unless other arrangements are made.
Customized training workshops are available. Please contact Roberta Bronson Fitzpatrick at 973-972-5498.


Classes Available

Library Survival Skills

An introduction to the George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences. This class is appropriate for individuals who need to use Library resources but lack training or experience in working in these areas. The class will cover the basics of locating books, journals and other materials in the Library’s collection. The class will also cover verifying incomplete references, using full-text resources and navigating the Library’s website. Click to register for the class.

Handout: Library Survival Skills

Upcoming Classes
Monday December 4, 2017 10:00am-11:00am
Monday January 8, 2018 10:00am-11:00am
Monday February 5, 2018 10:00am-11:00am
Monday March 5, 2018 10:00am-11:00am
Monday April 2, 2018 10:00am-11:00am
Monday May 7, 2018 10:00am-11:00am
Monday June 4, 2018 10:00am-11:00am

Introduction to EndNote, a Bibliographic Management Software

This session enables users to create databases of bibliographic citations and to format the citations for inclusion in the references of a research paper or journal article. EndNote allows users to search remote databases using EndNote's search engine and then copy the references directly into EndNote library. Participants will learn tips on manipulating reference, and sorting references by date, author, year, etc. Click to register for the class.

Handout: EndNote Basic

Upcoming Classes
Wednesday December 6, 2017 12:00pm-1:00pm
Wednesday January 3, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Tuesday January 30, 2018 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Wednesday February 7, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Tuesday February 27, 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm
Wednesday March 7, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Tuesday March 27, 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm
Wednesday April 4, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Tuesday April 24, 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm
Wednesday May 2, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Tuesday May 29, 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm
Wednesday June 6, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Tuesday June 26, 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm

Advanced EndNote, a Bibliographic Management Software

This session enables users to work with Connection Files, Import Filters and Output Styles. Additionally, attendees will learn how to access and use Manuscript templates for MS Word.  They will also be introduced the various online help resources from the University Libraries’ EndNote blog as well as the EndNote YouTube channel. Click to register for the class.

Handout: EndNote Advanced

Upcoming Classes
Wednesday December 13, 2017 12:00pm-1:00pm
Wednesday January 10, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Wednesday February 14, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Wednesday March 14, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Wednesday May 9, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Wednesday June 13, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm

Introduction to MEDLINE Database

In this session, participants will learn how to search MEDLINE Database on the Web. The session will cover scope and coverage of the database, search options (author, title, keyword, subject) and software features (Boolean operators, Explode feature, Limit function and saving search strategies.) Click to register for the class.

Handout: Searching Medline

Upcoming Classes
Thursday December 7, 2017 12:00pm-1:00pm 
Thursday January 4, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Thursday January 25, 2018 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Thursday February 1, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Thursday February 22, 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday March 1, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Thursday March 29, 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday April 5, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Thursday April 26, 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday May 3, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Thursday May 24, 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday June 7, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Thursday June 28, 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm

Introduction to PsycINFO Database

The session will cover the scope, coverage, document types, selection policy, thesaurus of the Psychological Index terms and PsycINFO fields. Participants will learn tips for searching efficiently and effectively. Click to register for the class.

Handout: The Basics of PsycINFOSearching

Upcoming Classes
Friday December 1, 2017 12:00pm-1:00pm
Friday January 5, 2018 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Friday February 2, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Friday March 2, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Friday April 6, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Friday May 4, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Friday June 1, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm

Introduction to PubMed

At the completion of this class, the participant will:

Understand what PubMed is and know when to search it;

  • Perform basic author subject searches;
  • Use Limits to narrow search results;
  • Obtain full-text of articles;
  • Use PICO to help formulate search strategies and select terminology;
  • Use the advanced search feature;
  • Save a search;

Find an article using Single Citation Matcher feature. Click to register for the class.

Upcoming Classes
Monday December 4, 2017 12:00pm-1:00pm
Monday January 8, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Monday February 5, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Monday March 5, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Monday April 2, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Monday May 7, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Monday June 4, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm

Introduction to Advanced PubMed (New)

Participants will create a My NCBI account. They will learn about Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) that may be used when searching PubMed. Participants will learn about Topic-Specific Queries and Clinical Queries; they provide two additional options for searching the database.

Click to register for the class.

Upcoming Classes
Tuesday December 5, 2017 11:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday January 9, 2018 11:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday February 6, 2018 11:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday March 6, 2018 11:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday April 3, 2018 11:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday May 8, 2018 11:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday June 5, 2018 11:00am-12:00pm

Introduction to CINAHL Database

In this workshop, participants will learn the following: how to access the CINAHL Basic Search menu; how to construct a research question and use key words from the question to devise search strategies; and to identify when it is best to use the Basic vs. Advanced Search formats. Click to register for the class.

Handout: CINAHL Basic and Advanced Search

Upcoming Classes
Friday December 8, 2017 2:00pm-3:00pm 
Friday January 12, 2018 2:00pm-3:00pm
Friday February 9, 2018 2:00pm-3:00pm
Friday March 9, 2018 2:00pm-3:00pm
Friday April 13, 2018 2:00pm-3:00pm
Friday May 11, 2018 2:00pm-3:00pm
Friday June 8, 2018 2:00pm-3:00pm

Using Image & Video Collections

In this workshop, participants will learn how to: navigate to each image and video resource from the George F. Smith Library homepage, the web, or iTunes App Store using a desktop or mobile computing device; create and use the features of a personal account within each resource; browse and search for images and videos within each resource; capture images and videos and associated materials from each resource to use in one’s own work. Click to register for the class.

Handout: Using Image & Video Collections

Upcoming Classes
Thursday December 14, 2017 3:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday January 11, 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday February 8, 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday March 8, 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday April 12, 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday May 10, 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday June 7 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm