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
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
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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PsycInfo
Learn to effectively search the psychological literature from scholarly publications in the behavioral and social sciences using PsycINFO. After taking this training you will be able to optimize your strategies and save search results.
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Learn the basics of citation management using EndNote or Zotero to aid in organizing your research and research collaborations. You will learn how to import references from multiple databases such as PubMed or Google Scholar, learn how to use MyNCBI for customized citation services, and how to efficiently format manuscripts
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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
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/EndNote Web
Learn the basics of EndNote/EndNote Web for citation management, including importing references from multiple databases and formatting manuscripts.
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Zotero
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/EndNote Web
Learn the basics of EndNote/EndNote Web for citation management, including importing references from multiple databases and formatting manuscripts.
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Zotero
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
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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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
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
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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Grants and Funding

NIH Public Access Compliance
Learn about the NIH Compliance 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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To request a training session, contact the individual listed above for specific trainings, or submit a request through our online form.