Training Session Registration

Training Registration Form

Note: Calder Library resources, consultations, individual and group training are free to authorized users. Please provide your UM/JMH e-mail to confirm that you are an authorized user.

For Group Training Requests and Professional Librarian Consultations please and provide your contact information.

Individual Librarian Consultations
The medical libraries are the place to find authoritative, current, and relevant information—for patient care, research, and education. Schedule your one-on-one professional librarian consultation today. The individual consults will provide you an opportunity to ask for information specifically addressing your needs. Some resources and services to discover are electronic books and journals, bibliographic databases, literature research and systematic reviews, and much more. Professional Librarian Consultations are usually held at Calder Library from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Group Training
The medical libraries are the place to find authoritative, current, and relevant information—for patient care, research, and education. Schedule a group training session today. Sessions can be held at Calder Medical Library electronic classroom (capacity: 32) or at your own department.


Information-Seeking Tips @ Calder Library
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 many tips for finding electronic books, journals, and databases, how to find background clinical information for patient care and research, how to find the impact factor of a journal and its relevance in the field, how to find systematic reviews, tests and questionnaires, how to access books and journals in specific subject areas (psychiatry, psychology, nursing, natural medicines, or biomedicine); how to request library services (literature searches, interlibrary loans/photocopies of articles, assistance with poster preparation, individual consultation, group training sessions), and everything else you need to know to find the information that you need, when you need it! This class is most appropriate for new employees and students but can be also a refresher for “old-timers.”


EMBASE (Elsevier) provides extensive coverage of international biomedical journals, in-press publications and conference abstracts. It has a particularly strong coverage in pharmaceutical and pharmacological topics and is known as an authoritative resource for generating systematic reviews. This session will cover basic information and provide hands-on experience for participants on how to locate information effectively and comprehensively.

PubMed 1 - Basics
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 2 - Advanced
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.

SCOPUS (Elsevier) is the largest citation database of peer-reviewed literature, with bibliometric tools to track, analyze, and visualize research output. Scopus indexes scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings from more than 5,000 publishers. The database has interdisciplinary content that covers the research spectrum; it can be accessed for deeper research purposes, such as finding author information, citing articles, and references. This session covers basic information and provides hands-on experience with features of interest for those in the medical fields.


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.

MENDELEY Institution Edition (Elsevier) is a reference manager and academic social network that can help organize documents, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. This session will provide a comprehensive introduction to Mendeley with hands-on exercises on how to organize your research library, collaborate with others online, and discover relevant papers in Mendeley.

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.


Workshop Series - Data Analytics for You
Gain introductory experience with data analysis in a variety of new software environments, particularly SPSS, R, and REDCap, paired with discussions of statistical analysis and data science best practices. This workshop series is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters.

  • Dr. Thilani Samarakoon, Biomedical Data Librarian
  • Dr. Cameron Riopelle, Head of Data and Visualization Services
The workshop series is conducted via Zoom, and registration is open now! Click here to register.

If you would like to schedule an individual or a group training or have any questions regarding the workshop series, please contact the Biomedical Data Librarian at

Introduction to R
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. ET.
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R is an open-source software environment for statistical computing and graphics. This workshop is designed to introduce R, RStudio, and R Markdown. You will learn to install R packages and utilize their functionalities for exploratory data analysis (EDA). It covers basic data types, importing data, cleaning and plotting data, and analyzing relationships between variables. Previous experience with R is not necessary.

Data Visualization with R
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. ET.
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This workshop will focus on creating visualizations using R packages like ggplot2. This covers basic plots and best practices in data visualization. Some experience with R is preferred.

Intermediate R
Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. ET.
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This workshop covers handling NA's, selecting variables for linear regression models, exploring linear and logistic regression, and creating specific plots like survival curves and forest plots. Some experience with R is preferred.

Introduction to REDCap
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. ET.
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REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a Web-based application that allows you to quickly build and manage databases and online surveys. This workshop will show you how to: build case report forms to enter data extracted from any source; automatically check for errors to guard against bad data; produce online summary statistics and graphics; make analyzable, anonymized datasets; export data to Excel and major statistical packages like R, SAS, SPSS, STATA, and other basic concepts.

Introduction to SPSS
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. ET.
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This workshop is designed for new SPSS users. It provides an introduction to the SPSS software program, including its software environment, importing data, descriptive statistics, transforming variables, selecting and splitting data, and visualization.

Intermediate SPSS
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. ET.
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This workshop is designed for intermediate SPSS users. It covers common statistical methods in SPSS such as means comparisons, linear regression, logistic regression and, ANOVA models.
Introduction to Meta-Analysis
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. ET.
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This workshop aims to give you a basic understanding of the steps of conducting a meta-analysis. Meta-analysis is a statistical technique for combining data from multiple studies on a particular topic to produce an overall statistic. Meta-analysis is an intensive research process involving several critical steps from the literature search, data extraction to statistical analysis. This workshop will help you understand the meta-analysis process and help you plan to conduct one.
Introduction to GraphPad Prism
Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. ET.
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This workshop is designed to introduce you to GraphPad PRISM software. Prism is a statistical software that follows a drop-down menu-based interface to conduct data analysis. This workshop will cover topics on navigating the menu, importing data, selecting data tables, creating graphs, and data analysis.
Introduction to Tableau
Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. ET.
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Tableau is a data visualization software that allows transforming data into plots and tables. Here you will learn about the Tableau workspace consisting of menus, toolbars, and the data pane. In addition, the workshop covers topics on connecting to the data, building data visualizations and dashboards, and sharing them. Previous experience with Tableau is not necessary.