Workshops at The Library

Please note:

  • All instructional workshops are open to UCSD students, staff, and faculty. San Diego area health professionals may also attend the workshops space permitting. PubMed workshops are open to everyone. 
  • Individual / group consultations and customized workshops on these or other topics are also available. Contact Karen Heskett to request a consultation.
  • Laptops welcome - we have room in our classrooms for you to bring your own wireless-equipped laptop if you prefer to use your own equipment. Please read our tip sheet before coming to your class to make sure you get the most out of it.
  • Registration:  Click the register link by the workshop you wish to attend and fill out the form.  If you have questions or comments, you can e-mail Karen Heskett.
Please register at least 24 hours in advance. Workshops may be cancelled due to insufficient registration. Registrants will be notified if a workshop is cancelled.

Workshop Descriptions

Please note that classes will take place in both the Biomedical Library Building & the Geisel Library as well as outside of the library. Be sure to go to the correct location. -->

Search Series - Library Databases and Search Tools

SciFinder and Reaxys for Chemical Substance and Reaction Searching

In this hands-on workshop, you will be introduced to the essential databases for researchers--chemist and nonchemist--who need to locate chemical substance and reaction information: SciFinder and Reaxys. We will cover the fundamentals of searching each database (chemical name, number, and structure/substructure), as well as their unique features. Other databases and reference works for chemical substances and reactions will be discussed as time permits. This workshop is for UC San Diego faculty, staff and students only. A email address is required.  

May 10 (Wed),
Geisel Lib Bldg, Classroom 1 
10:00 am - 11:30 am


May 16 (Tues),
Geisel Lib Bldg, Classroom 1 
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

PubMed Essentials

This hands-on workshop focuses on what every user needs to know about PubMed, whether doing a search for a specific author or topic using keywords. Learn to focus your results with limits, become familiar with the features of the advanced search screen, and know how to use UC E-Links to easily get to full text articles.

May 8  (Mon),
Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3
1:00 - 2:30 pm

PubMed: Beyond the Essentials

Move beyond the basics to refine and expand your searching skills. Learn about MeSH terms and how to use them in a search. Use MyNCBI and its numerous tools to keep you updated and to customize PubMed for your most frequent types of searches. Great for the frequent searcher.

May 18 (Thur),
Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3
10:30 - 12:00 pm

Information Management Series


Managing Citations - Which Tool to Use?

This session will provide an introduction to a variety of tools for managing papers and citations including EndNote & EndNote Online, Zotero, Mendeley and will discuss how to choose the tool that's right for you.

May 4 (Thur),
Biomed Lib Bldg Classroom 3
12:00 - 1:30 pm

EndNote Desktop

Writing a research paper and need to manage your references? Using EndNote already, but want to learn about its "power" features (e.g., Connect, "Cite While You Write," etc.)? Take this workshop to learn to build your own EndNote reference library and work with Word to write your paper and seamlessly create bibliographies. 

May 16 (Tue),
Biomed Lib Bldg Classroom 3
10:00 - 11:30 am


Writing a research paper and need to manage your references? Or, have PDFs you want to organization?  Mendeley is another of the free resources that offers tools for making these tasks a little bit easier.  This hands-on workshop covers both Mendeley desktop & online tools, including Mendelely groups and using the citations tools in Word. Come learn the secret options that Mendeley has hidden in their program.

May 25 (Thur) Bomed  Lib Bldg Classroom 3
11:00 - 12:30 pm