Health Sciences Library Classes — August 2012

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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Overview of Electronic Resources – Thursday August 30, 2:00 – 3:30 (webinar)      Instructor: D. Crooke
The Health Sciences Library offers a wide variety of electronic resources containing textbooks, journal articles, and newspaper articles, as well as links to electronic journals. The class provides an overview of these resources, describing format, content, location, and off-campus access, and then explores several of the resources in greater detail.

Photoshop for Beginners – Tuesday August 28, 11:00 – 12:30      Instructor: D. Crooke
Learn to use Photoshop, professional image-editing software. Participants will learn to navigate the Photoshop workspace and master basic editing techniques. The class emphasizes hands-on use of tools and palettes to correct and enhance an image.

PowerPoint for Posters – Thursday August 23, 10:00 – 11:30     Instructors: M. Cotter
This class will show users simple techniques using PowerPoint to create professional looking posters for conferences, meetings, etc.

RefWorks Fundamentals – Thursday August 2, 1:00 – 2:30 (webinar)      Instructor: D. Crooke
Wednesday August 8, 2:30 – 4:00      Instructor: M. Ascher
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 – Wednesday August 22, 1:00 – 2:30 (webinar)      Instructor: S. Manning
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.

SurveyMonkey Basics — Monday August 13, 11:00 – 12:00      Instructor: M. Ascher
Would you like to conduct survey research online? Using web-based SurveyMonkey software, this hands-on session will take you through the basics of designing a survey, collecting responses and downloading results for analysis. Includes instruction related to asking good survey questions, selecting the appropriate question type, applying “skip logic”, setting up a collector for disseminating the survey, and more. No prerequisites.

Tech Tuesday – Tuesday August 7, 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 – Wednesday August 15, 10:00 – 10:30      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 – Thursday August 16, 1:00 – 12:30      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