Health Sciences Library Classes — November 2011

Please register ahead of time by using the calendar found at For further information, stop by the Reference Desk in the Library. We recommend that you sign up for classes at least 24 hours in advance to avoid cancellation.


Other options: If a class you wish to take is not being offered, or if one of the classes on the schedule is not being offered at a time that is convenient for you, the Reference staff will be more than happy to provide individual instruction to you. Another alternative are the Webinars that are offered on select topics. These allow you to attend a class from the comfort of your own desk. If you are interested in more information, please respond to this email or call the Reference Desk at 914-594-4210.

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 Advanced PowerPoint – Friday November 04, 10:00 – 11:30        Instructor: S. Manning

Participants will learn how appropriately use advanced PowerPoint techniques including: animation schemes, insertion of movies & sounds, pointer options, and more.  Additionally, scanning of photos and slides will also be included. Basic knowledge of PowerPoint is recommended.


Citation Searching: Science Citation Index, Scopus, and Google Scholar –
Thursday November 10, 2:00 – 3:30     Instructor: M. Ascher

Want to know how often your work is referenced in other papers? Would you like to receive alerts whenever you are cited? Want to know the most frequently-cited papers on a topic of interest? We can show you this, and more at a special “Citation Searching” workshop. Databases covered will include Science Citation Index/Social Science Citation Index, Scopus and Google Scholar. The differences and strengths of each will be explored in this hands-on workshop.


Copyright: The law, fair use, and how to make it work for you! – Monday, November 14, 1:00 – 2:00     Instructor: D. Cunningham

Participants will come away with the ability to: discuss the terms intellectual property and copyright; apply “fair use” to a specific example; identify the copyright requirements for a journal citation and describe how to obtain copyright permission.


RefWorks Fundamentals (webinar) Wednesday November 02, 2:00 – 3:30     Instructor: M. Ascher

RefWorks Fundamentals (class) — Wednesday November 16, 2:00 – 3:30     Instructor: D. Crooke

RefWorks is a management program that allows one to build a bibliographic database. The class focuses on how to download citations from a bibliographic database; search downloaded citations to build a customized reference list for papers; and insert cited references into text while writing a paper to generate a bibliography.  PLEASE HAVE YOUR REFWORKS ACCOUNT SET UP PRIOR TO ATTENDING THE CLASS.  If you need assistance, see the following page:  or call the Reference Desk at 914-594-4210.


Searching PubMed  (webinar) – Monday November 07, 12:00 – 1:00     Instructor: M. Ascher; This class covers the features and search techniques available for searching NLM’s web-based version of MEDLINE, PubMed. Included are the unique search features, how to perform simple and complex searches, how to use limits to narrow a search, as well as how to save and print a search strategy.  Also discussed is the use of PubMed Linkout which allows users to link from the search results to full-text articles.


Tech Tuesday – Tuesday November 1, 11:00 – 11:30      Instructor: S. Manning

The Tech Tuesday series is meant to be a quick and informal introduction to web-based tools which the librarians select to assist with presentations, productivity and organization. We will hold a monthly format session, usually a half hour in length where we present a selected tool or type of tool and the ways in which they can be used in academia and life.


Topics in MS Word – Tuesday November 22, 1:00 – 2:00     Instructor: S. Manning

Is a series of presentations that is aimed at helping users navigate the changes that have been made to MS Word and show them techniques that will aid them in their work. Goals and objective will vary from session to session.


Using EndNote Web Monday November 14,  10:00 – 11:30     Instructor: S. Manning
Available freely on the Web to the entire NYMC community, EndNote is a management program that allows a user to create a bibliographic database. The class covers how to retrieve records from a database (such as MEDLINE), organize and edit records after downloading them to a personal computer, and generate a bibliography