This class will allow participants to become familiar with the Blackboard Course Management system. Participants will learn how to access Blackboard, create a course, and log in for the first time. Using the Blackboard control panel, participants can make the course available to students, enroll users, configure the course shell, and create and upload content. Participants will learn how to make announcements, contact students, send and receive assignments, create tests and quizzes, and use the grade book.
Calder Library 101: Basic Strategies for Finding Information
Come to Calder Library and hear about all the wonderful online information resources that are available to you free of charge! This session will provide an overview of electronic journals and databases, library services, and everything you need to know to find the information that you need. The class will provide a basic overview of the most popular databases and teach you basic searching techniques that will enable you to find, retrieve, and print relevant full-text articles and citations. This class is most appropriate for new persons on campus, including faculty and staff, students, residents, fellows, interns, and others. It can be also a refresher class for “old-timers.”
EndNote stores references you collect from databases, library catalogues or create manually. The program automatically formats the saved references in any standard citation format. Using EndNote, you can cite as you type your paper and create your bibliography by pulling from your stored references. EndNote is also capable of saving full-text articles (in PDF format and/or in text), organizing image files, searching online and much more.
This class is intended for any health care practitioner or student who needs a basic introduction to the principles of Evidence-Based Practice. Upon completion of this class you will be able to: define Evidence-Based Practice (EBP); construct a well-built clinical question (PICO), and identify searching strategies that could improve PubMed searching.
In this workshop we will introduce a variety of subscription-based medical apps that are free to University of Miami users and can be used on a variety of mobile devices including iPhones, iPads, Droids, and Blackberries. These apps are useful both in the clinical and research settings. Apps introduced will include Dynamed, Isabel, PubMed for Handhelds, Visual Dx, Access Medicine, and MDConsult. Bring your mobile device to class and start downloading these resources…today!
PsycINFO and Online Resources in Psychology and Psychiatry
This class will provide an in-depth review of online resources for clinicians and researchers working in the fields of psychology and psychiatry. Participants will learn searching techniques in PsycINFO, PubMed, questionnaire databases, clinical decision-making tools, ebooks and ejournals, and other online resources available via the University of Miami Calder Library. Participants will be able to practice with hands-on exercises in all the resources covered in class.
PubMed en Español
During this class, participants will be able to do PubMed Advanced Searches using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and subheadings, Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), and other more advanced search techniques. Detailed explanation of all filters and management options will be offered such as formatting citations to export into Citation Manager programs (RefWorks/EndNote). Using their MyNCBI accounts, participants will learn how to set up alerts when new publications of interest are published, create bibliographies, and save searches for future use. Practice exercises will provide participants with hands-on experience during class. It is recommended that you register for this class AFTER you have taken the PubMed Basics class.
PubMed provides access to MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine's database of citations and abstracts in the fields of medicine, nursing, health care systems, preclinical sciences, and other biomedical topics. During this class, participants will be able to do a basic keyword search in PubMed, apply filters/limits to streamline the search results, print, save, and email citations, access full-text articles, and create a MyNCBI account. Participants will learn how to find a citation with partial information using “Single Citation Matcher” and conduct an evidence-based search with “Clinical Queries.” Practice exercises will provide participants with hands-on experience during class.
PubMed en Español will provide participants who are Spanish-speakers with an explanation of how PubMed works in their native language. The class will be an Intermediate level class. Practice exercises will provide participants with hands-on experience during class, which will cover the basics and some of the advanced searching techniques.
RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager. This is an introductory class in which participants will learn how to use RefWorks to create personal databases of imported references from online databases and how to store, retrieve, and format them for publication. If you spend more than an hour formatting your references for your paper's bibliography then you are working way too hard. We will show you how citing within your paper and creating your paper's bibliography can take only minutes.
Saving Time and Effort with QUOSA
QUOSA is a superb tool for researchers and all individuals who would like to:
Scopus / SciVal Experts
- Efficiently download to the desktop as many as 500 full-text articles from PubMed, Scopus, Ovid or Google Scholar — with one click!
- Search within the full text of multiple articles effectively using a highlighting feature
- Organize your collections of full text
- Export citations with one click to citation management software, such as RefWorks and EndNote
- Perform cluster analysis to see common themes within multiple full text articles
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research. SciVal Experts is a powerful tool that allows researchers to pinpoint University of Miami biomedical faculty by their specialty area. SciVal Experts is a one-stop resource to locate potential multidisciplinary team members, collaborators, or mentors at UM. SciVal Experts draws upon publications from PubMed (the past 20 years) and NIH-funded research projects from NIH RePORTER to automatically create and update dynamic faculty profiles.
Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)
The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) is a package of statistical tools for Windows. The major thrust of this course is to teach participants how to use SPSS. The class will familiarize participants with the program and what it is capable of doing. Participants will be able to: (1) review the SPSS Windows (Data, Syntax, Output, and Help); (2) Enter data into the program; (3) Navigate and edit a spreadsheet; (4) Explore the Menu Structure; (5) Run statistical programs; (6) Create graphs; and more. Hands-on exercises will familiarize participants with the program. The University of Miami has a site license for the program and it is available for download by authorized users. Guest Lecturer will be Dr. Ira Sheskin, Professor & Chair, Department of Geography and Regional Studies.
Tools for Clinicians
This class will review online resources available for clinicians, such as: (1) clinical decision-making databases, such as MDConsult, UpToDate, Access Medicine, Dynamed, Visual Dx, and Isabel; (2) PubMed Clinical Queries, a database from the National Library of Medicine for easily finding Evidence-Based Medicine articles, and (3) The Cochrane Library, a database of systematic reviews from the Cochrane Collaboration. These resources are available through the Calder Library for UM/JMH faculty and staff, medical students, interns, residents, and fellows.
Tools for Nurses
In this class, participants will be able to: (1) review and compare clinical decision-making databases (Access Medicine, Cochrane, DynaMed, Isabel, UpToDate, Visual Dx); (2) review and compare bibliographic databases (PubMed, PsycINFO, HAPI); (3) learn basic and advanced search strategies in CINAHL(Comprehensive Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) and use Alerts to keep abreast of new publications in nursing topics, and (4) identify additional tools for clinical practice by referring to the Resource Guide for Nursing available at the Calder Library website. All resources are freely accessible at the medical campus; some have mobile/remote access capability.
Tools for Researchers
This class will offer an overview of online resources for researchers, such as (1) PubMed and MyNCBI, (2) the NIH Open Access Policy Compliance Portal, (3) RefWorks/Write-N-Cite, (4) QUOSA, (5) Scopus/SciVal Experts, and (6) Web of Knowledge/Journal Citation Reports. The class will offer basic information that will motivate participants to enroll in a full class of each of these valuable resources. All resources are available through the Calder Library for UM/JMH faculty and staff, medical students, interns, residents, and fellows.
Wednesdays Lunch and Learn at UMH Library
Bring your lunch and come hear about all the wonderful online information resources that are available to you free of charge! This short and quick session will provide an overview of electronic journals and databases, library services, and everything you need to know to find the information that you need. The class will provide also a basic overview of PubMed and CINAHL—and teach you basic searching techniques that will enable you to find, retrieve, and save/print relevant full-text articles and citations. This class should be on top of your To Do list!
Calder Librarian Trainers:
Carmen Bou-Crick (CBC)
Jenny Garcia-Barcena (JG)
Kimberly Loper (KL)
Erica Powell (EP)
Barbara Wood (BW)