Library classes

Published: August 31st, 2017

Category: Featured Articles

The Health Science Center Library will offer the following workshops this term, independent of registered coursework and open to all.

Please register at least 24 hours in advance by clicking on the desired workshop link below or at

Analyzing Your Gene with UGENE

Thursday, November 16, 2-4pm, Communicore Building Room C2-41C

UGENE is a free bioinformatics software for gene and protein analysis ( In this workshop, we will explore the basic features of UGENE including the transcription factor binding site tool and protein structure viewer. A laptop is required for this workshop.

 App-y Hour: Mobile Resources for Health

Tuesday, October 17, 11am-12pm, Communicore Building Room C2-41A

Looking for high-quality mobile apps to help you in your work? In this session, we will provide brief overviews of a number of mobile apps for clinical work, research, teaching and learning, and productivity.  We will also include tips on how to get mobile access to library-subscribed journals and databases.

Best Practices for Searching the Health Science Education Literature

Wednesday, November 29,  12:00-1:00pm, Communicore Building Room C2-3

Have you ever struggled to find health science education related literature or wondered if you’ve done a comprehensive search? If so, this workshop will offer guidance on how to search library and other databases for the purposes of developing a review of the literature or the literature section for education related research studies. Topics include decided on the appropriate databases to search, coverage of education and health science databases, and designing effective search strategies that leverage the strengths of each database.

 Best Practices in Research Data Management

Thursday, October 19, 12-1pm, Communicore Building Room C2-41C

Learn practical strategies for best managing your research data. A number of U.S. funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health require researchers to supply plans for managing research data, called Data Management Plans (DMP), for all new grant proposals. This workshop will provide an overview of the questions to consider when creating a data management plan, with a focus on the DMPTool and tools for sharing your data at the University of Florida (e.g. subject-specific repositories). Topics include metadata and annotation, file formats and organization, storage, backups and security, and data sharing. The workshop is geared toward graduate students, faculty, and researchers.


Thursday, September 14, 9-10am, Communicore Building Room C2-3

Monday, October 16, 1-2pm, Communicore Building Room C2-3

Tuesday, November 14, 11am-12pm, Communicore Building Room C2-3

Thursday, December 7, 9-10am, Communicore Building Room C2-3

Come and see what you can do with EndNote, a program designed to help you organize your reference citations. You will learn how to create and navigate the EndNote libraries, enter individual citations, and search/retrieve citations from EndNote, as well as how to download citations from PubMed, library catalogs, other databases, and import them into your library. We will learn how to use the ‘Cite While You Write’ toolbar and different ways of inserting citations into your papers for publication. It’s easy to generate a bibliography according to the style of any particular journal! This class focuses on the desktop version of EndNote and addresses some unique features of EndNote Online.

Evidence-Based and Grey Literature Sources and Search Tips

Thursday, November 2, 12-1pm, Communicore Building Room C2-3  

Learn about several evidence-based literature and gray literature databases. Tips on how and where to find evidence-based publications in PubMed, other health profession-specific evidence databases (as enrollment dictates), the Cochrane databases and clinical trials databases. To balance possible publication bias in peer-reviewed journal articles, the class will also familiarize you with several sources of grey literature (conference papers, dissertations, reports.)

Having a BLAST – Identifying Sequence Similarities with NCBI

Tuesday, October 24, 10:30am-12pm, Communicore Building Room C2-41C

In this workshop, we will learn to obtain sequence similarity information using NCBI’s BLAST suite. We will briefly go over the difference between local versus global alignments and touch upon some of the logic on how sequence similarities are obtained.  A laptop is required for this workshop.

Introduction to CINAHL

Tuesday, September 26, 12-1pm, Communicore Building Room C2-3  

Monday, November 6, 10-11am, Communicore Building Room C2-3  

Looking for an introduction to the premier database of nursing and allied health literature? This class introduces you to basic and advanced search options; performing more accurate searches using CINAHL headings; using limits to narrow and refine your search; printing, emailing, and exporting your citations; creating a personal account to store your citations; and finding full-text articles.

Introduction to Genome Browsers

Thursday, September 14, 10:30am-12pm, Communicore Building Room C2-41C

In this workshop we will learn how to navigate the genome browsers from NCBI’s Genome Workbench, UCSC Genome Browser, and Ensembl. These browsers are valuable tools when identifying, localizing genes, and looking at their information in the genomic context. By using concrete examples, it will be shown how to locate a human gene, download a gene sequence and its upstream sequence, locate Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and conserved regions, and use the browsers to download results in a batch. A laptop is required for this workshop.

Introduction to OpenChrom

Thursday, November 30, 2-4pm, Communicore Building Room C2-41C

OpenChrom is an open source software for analyzing mass spectrometry chromatogram files. It is compatible across multiple platforms including Agilent (*.D), Shimadzu QGD, Waters (MSD), etc. ( In this workshop, we will use an example dataset to learn how to perform peak identification and integration as well as explore other basic features of OpenChrom. A laptop is required for this workshop.

Introduction to Systematic Reviews

Wednesday, October 25, 12pm-1pm, Communicore Building Room C2-41C

This workshop covers steps in the process of conducting the literature searches that serve as the foundation of a high-quality systematic review. It defines and gives examples of the tasks involved: term harvesting, snowballing, tracking results, identifying/locating relevant grey literature.

Mining NCBI Databases – From Genes to Proteins

Wednesday, September 6, 10:30am-12pm, Communicore Building Room C2-41C

In this workshop, we will learn how to easily mine NCBI databases to find gene sequences, m-RNA sequences, and protein structures. A laptop is required for this workshop. 

Mendeley: Citation Management for UF and Beyond

Wednesday, September 13, 12-1pm, Communicore Building Room C2-3

Do you want a citation management software that will follow you wherever your education and career path take you? Mendeley is a free citation management resource that you can use during your time at UF or anywhere else you may go in the future. In this class, you will learn how to use Mendeley to import references from different databases (or other citation management software!), sort your citations and annotate papers, and insert collected citations directly into your own papers.

 NIH Public Access Policy

Thursday, November 9, 10:30-11:30am, Communicore Building Room C2-41A  

This workshop provides an introduction to the NIH Public Access Policy and demonstrates how to fulfill compliance requirements. We will cover how to use My Bibliography and the NIH Manuscript Submission System and discuss the various approaches of journal publishers towards compliance. Attendees are encouraged to bring their eRA Commons login and a list of their NIH-funded articles along with a mobile laptop or tablet so that they can follow ‘hands-on’.

Note: This room has videoconference capabilities. Please contact the instructor at with your IP address well in advance if you want to video conference to your site, so that we can set up videoconferencing. You will need to make your room arrangements at your site.    


Wednesday, September 27, 12-1pm, Communicore Building Room C2-3

Wednesday, November 15,  12:30-1:30pm, Communicore Building Room C2-3

This class will take you step-by-step through effective literature search and save techniques—starting smartly, limiting efficiently without losing “good stuff”, searching for specific info (authors, types of publications, specific journals) and refining your search. Depending on participant interests/needs and time, we may also cover setting up email alerts, transferring to bibliographic software like RefWorks or EndNote, filtering for evidence-based studies, building collections within PubMed or other functions within PubMed.


Wednesday, November 29, 12-1pm, Communicore Building Room C2-3  

RefWorks is a free web based program designed to help you organize your reference citations. You will learn how to create folders and navigate RefWorks; enter individual citations; and search/retrieve citations from RefWorks, as well as how to download citations from PubMed and other databases, and import them into your library. We will learn how to use the “Write n Cite” feature and the webpage citing feature “Ref Grab It”. It’s easy to generate a bibliography according a variety of styles!

Web of Science

Tuesday, October 17, 12-1pm, Communicore Building Room C2-3  

Compiling a bibliography? Trying to find interdisciplinary materials that fall between the sciences and the social sciences? Then search the Web of Science! Learn keyword and author searching while exploring this database’s ability to move backward and forward through reference lists. Determine what sources were used in writing a given article and what subsequent publications cited that particular article. Find related articles that cite several of the same references in their bibliographies.