Services - Training

The Eskind Biomedical Library offers training on a number of specialized citation and data resources. Contact an information specialist to schedule an appointment. Resource instruction is available to individuals, small groups, and classes for the following resources and software (alone or in combination).

You may call the contact listed below for specific trainings, or submit a request through our online form. You may also wish to review this list of online tutorials for many resources.

Training sessions are generally free to Vanderbilt personnel; training is also available on campus and off-site to non-Vanderbilt groups for a fee.

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Advanced Literature Searching & Assessment

This instructional series covers essential skills for searching and literature assessment of the health sciences literature. Course coordinators may choose any or all components to suit their needs.

Introduction to the Medical Literature
Learn how to use the PICO method for formulating clinical questions and how to structure search queries for optimal information retrieval. This module will also include an overview of and strategies for locating various types of literature available for evidence-based medicine practice (e.g. trials, guidelines).
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Primary Literature Searching CME Credit
Optimize your searches of the primary literature by learning how bibliographic databases, such as PubMed, are constructed. This presentation will show you how to understand the anatomy of a PubMed record and cover controlled vocabulary (MESH), Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), and basic search symbols.
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PubMed CME Credit
Learn efficient and thorough ways to use of PubMed, along with MyNCBI tools for saving and sharing searches and citations.
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CINAHL
Learn to effectively search this allied health and nursing citation database, and save and optimize results.
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Evidence-based Medicine Resources
Understand types of information, level of evidence, and strengths and weaknesses of several popular EBM Resources (e.g. UpToDate), as well as where to find synthesized evidence products such as Cochrane and other systematic reviews.
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Grey Literature
Define, locate, understand and evaluate the grey literature (i.e. conference proceedings, technical specifications and standards, technical documentation, etc.) This presentation will include discussion on grey literature's strengths and weaknesses, how it ties in with peer-reviewed literature, and how it can be used to supplement other evidence resources.
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Quality Literature Appraisal & Assessment
Explore some of the study designs commonly utilized in clinical research, including strategies for assessing strengths and weaknesses in published research and judging relevance to specific clinical contexts.
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Genetics
Gain broad familiarity with genetic resources with clinical application. These include, but are not limited to, the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM), the Pharmacogenomics Knowledge Base (PharmGKB), and the Catalogue Of Somatic Mutations In Cancer (COSMIC). Additionally, training on pathway databases, such as the Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes, drug databases, protein databases, and others is provided.
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Vanderbilt Resources/Catalogs

Eskind Digital Library
Become an expert at using our digital library tool to find useful online resources selected by EBL staff to meet the information needs of the VUMC community.
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Acorn
Learn to get the most out of Acorn, the Vanderbilt University library catalog of print and online materials.
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Biomedical Literature

PubMed CME Credit
Learn efficient and thorough ways to use of PubMed, along with MyNCBI tools for saving and sharing searches and citations.
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CINAHL
Learn to effectively search this allied health and nursing citation database, and save and optimize results.
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Citation Management

EndNote CME Credit
Learn the basics of EndNote for citation management, including importing references from multiple databases and formatting manuscripts.
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Zotero CME Credit
Learn to use Zotero, a free software, for web-based citation management, including importing references from multiple databases and formatting manuscripts.
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Productivity Tools/Software

EndNote CME Credit
Learn the basics of EndNote for citation management, including importing references from multiple databases and formatting manuscripts.
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Zotero CME Credit
Learn to use Zotero, a free software, for web-based citation management, including importing references from multiple databases and formatting manuscripts.
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Notability CME Credit
Learn to use Notability to take notes using your iPhone and iPad.
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Cited References and Impact Factors

Journal Citation Reports
Use this tool to find impact factors for biomedical and scientific journals.
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Web of Science Cited Reference Search/Google Scholar
Learn to use these tools to find who has cited a published article and the number of times the article has been cited.
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H index
Find the strengths and limitations of the H index and other measures of scientific productivity.
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Clinical Trials

ClinicalTrials.gov
Learn to locate currently recruiting clinical trials.
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Drug Information

AHFS Drug Information
Learn to navigate the American Hospital Formulary Service drug information resource.
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eAnswers: Drug Facts and Comparisons
Learn to search Facts and Comparisons eAnswers for drug information, interactions, comparisons, identification, warnings, calculators, dosing and more.
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Lexi-Comp
Learn to search Lexi-Comp for drug information, interactions, identification, IV compatibility, geriatric and pediatric information, and more.
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Micromedex
Learn to search Micromedex for drug information, interactions, comparisons, toxicology, identification, IV compatibility, and more.
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Genetics

Introduction to Genetics Databases
This component provides an introduction to the wide variety of genetic databases and resources. The class can be tailored to focus on clinical or research genetic resources. The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is an example of a clinical genetic resource. It provides phenotype-genotype information for human genes and genetic diseases. An example of a general genetic resource is NCBI's Gene, a database that compiles information from a variety of sources on individual genes and presents this knowledge in a detailed summary. In addition, we can provide training on other specific variation, pharmacogenomics, and/or protein databases.
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Human Genome Resources
Learn about online resources for accessing, searching, annotating, and viewing the human genome. Multiple types of genome mapping will be introduced as well as a variety of genome-related tools for exploring sequence data. This component focuses on the UCSC and Ensembl Genome Browsers.
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Genetic Variation CME Credit
Learn genetic variation resources including the database of short genetic variations (dbSNP), the Database of Genomic Variants (DGV), and the ALlele FREquency Database (ALFRED). This class also introduces resources for predicting and/or understanding how a genetic variation may affect the protein structure and/or function.
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Clinical Genetics and Pharmacogenetics CME Credit
This class introduces genetic resources with clinical applications. These include the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM), the Pharmacogenomics Knowledge Base (PharmGKB), and the Catalogue Of Somatic Mutations In Cancer (COSMIC). Additionally, training on pathway databases, such as the Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes, drug databases, protein databases, and others is provided.
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Structure
Learn how to use the international Protein Data Bank (PDB) and various structural viewers to display and manipulate protein structures. Advanced training is available, in conjunction with the Center for Structural Biology, on PyMol software for displaying structures, generating mutations in known crystallographic structures, and more.
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Other Gene-Focused and Biochemical Resources
Training is offered on searching for sequence similarity such as Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST), protein databases such as UniProt/SwissProt, Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) databases, molecular modeling resources, protein-protein interaction databases, structural family and domain databases, chemical and drug databases that include clinical applications and pharmacogenomic information (eg ChEMBL, DrugBank), transcription factor databases (eg TRANSFAC) and others.
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Grants and Funding

NIH Public Access Compliance
Learn about the NIH Compliance Policy.
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NIH Public Access Manuscript Submission
Learn how to submit your journal manuscripts in compliance with the NIH policy.
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NIH & Federal Grant Sources
Learn about online sources for finding federal grant/funding opportunities and data on funded research, including use of grants.gov and the NIH RePORT tools.
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Patient Health

Consumer Health Resources
Learn about reliable online sources of general and condition-specific health information for patients.
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Other EBL Tools and Resources

Learning Framework
Learn to use the Learning Framework tool to create and share online learning modules, including quiz creation and multimedia. Also learn to use the Learning Framework tool to track staff development, including skills development, and progress tracking.
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To request a training session, contact the individual listed above for specific trainings, or submit a request through our online form. To provide feedback on a completed training session, please complete our evaluation form.