Library Classes

Library Classes

All classes are free-of-charge and are open to UMMS and UMMHC staff, students and faculty. To schedule an individual class or one specifically tailored to your department, please contact Len Levin at 508-856-6028.

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Copyright Basics

This 60-minute class will introduce the basics of copyright—the myths, what is/is not protected by copyright, finding free-to-use images, complying with copyright: linking, creative commons licenses, obtaining permission. Includes a brief introduction to "Fair Use." THIS IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. FOR LEGAL ADVICE, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR ATTORNEY.

  • Attendees will understand what categories of information are/are not protected by copyright.
  • Attendees will understand that "every educational use" is NOT automatically a "fair use." The Fair Use analysis process, based on the Four Factors, will be introduced.
  • Attendees will understand how to comply with copyright in papers, presentations for courses and conferences, etc.
  • Attendees will become aware of sources of "free-to-reuse" images, text, media, etc.
  • Attendees will understand when and how to obtain permission to use copyrighted works.
  • Attendees will become aware of the misinformation/misunderstandings about copyright in the digital age.
Designing Scientific Posters using PowerPoint

This 60-minute class will focus upon using PowerPoint to design a scientific poster for presentation at a conference or similar event.

  • Attendees will be able to summarize the setting up of appropriate template options.
  • Attendees will be able to demonstrate effective design principles for the creation of a successful, full-sized poster.
EndNote

EndNote is a bibliographic management tool that allows users to create and organize a library of citations and abstracts and then import them directly into a Microsoft Word document. This 60-minute class will demonstrate how to set up a new library, how to import citations from MEDLINE, how to work with the citation style manager and how to add bibliographic references to a Microsoft Word document.

  • Attendees will know how to create an EndNote Library.
  • Attendees will know how to import citations from MEDLINE using either Ovid or PubMed.
  • Attendees will understand how to use EndNote with Microsoft Word in formatting bibliographic references for paper or grant submission.
NIH Public Access/My NCBI's My Bibliography

This 60-minute class will provide instruction on the NIH Public Access Policy and compliance procedures using My NCBI's My Bibliography tool.

  • Attendees will understand the NIH policy requirements for researchers.
  • Attendees will set up a My NCBI account.
  • Attendees will learn how to manage their publications using the My Bibliography tool.
  • Attendees will understand the NIH Public Access compliance procedure.
PubMed/My NCBI

This 60-minute class will introduce the basics of searching the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE database using the PubMed interface.

  • Attendees will know how to access PubMed and be familiar with its content.
  • Attendees will be able to conduct basic PubMed searches, limit and combine their results, save them to the Clipboard, and find Related Articles.
  • Attendees will understand how to use the Journals and MeSH databases, search by citation, and find Clinical Queries.
  • Attendees will learn how to set filters and save searches using My NCBI.
RefWorks

This 45-minute class will introduce building a bibliography using the RefWorks bibliographic citation management program.

  • Attendees will set up a RefWorks account and learn how to access their account remotely.
  • Attendees will set up a RefWorks bibliographic database of references by importing/exporting references from PubMed, OVID, and other databases.
  • Attendees will learn how to set up folders, search, edit and format references in their RefWorks bibliography.
  • Attendees will learn how to add citations from RefWorks into papers using Write-N-Cite and One Line / One Cite View.
  • Attendees will be able to format their paper and bibliography.
  • Attendees will be able to change the format of the citations and bibliographies in their papers.