Online Tutorials

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Introduction

This listing contains recommended tutorials created by the Health Sciences Library staff, by the vendors of online databases, by bibliographic citation software suppliers, and by third parties at other universities or institutions.  The tutorials are intended to assist Health Sciences faculty, staff and students in the optimum use of databases and indexes, bibliographic citation control, access to full text articles and other educational instruction. 

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Database Online Tutorials

Cochrane Library Tutorial  Select Cochrane Library from the Evidence Based Medicine section of these links.  Then launch the module that is appropriate to your searching knowledge.  The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It includes reliable evidence from
Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more.

DynaMed Tutorial  Tutorial from EBSCO on the evidence-based clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use primarily at the 'point-of-care'. Dynamed contains clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,000 topics to answer most clinical question.  

DynaMed Tutorial for BlackBerry  An Adobe Flash tutorial from EBSCO on accessing the DynaMed clinical reference tool for physicians and health care professionals via a Blackberry handheld device. 

DynaMed Tutorial on iPhone or iPod   Adobe Flash tutorial from EBSCO on accessing the DynaMed clinical reference tool for physicians and health care professionals via an iPhone or an iPod. 

EBSCO Tutorials: Home Page  Find tutorials on all aspects of all the EBSCO databases, including basic and advanced searching, alerts, and more. EBSCOhost includes CINAHL, Business Search, Academic Search Premier, more.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) Tutorial  JCR provides a systematic, objective means to find the Impact Factors for the world's leading journals, with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. JCR displays impact factors at the journal title or category level. This tutorial from Thompson Scientific explains how to use JCR to find your journals' impact factors. 

Micromedex Tutorial  Tutorial from Thomson Healthcare. Micromedex® includes the DRUGDEX®, DRUG-REAX®, IDENTIDEX®, IV INDEX®, Index Nominum, Martindale, PDR®, POISINDEX®, REPRORISK®, USP DI®, DISEASEDEX®, TOMES®, Lab Advisor®, and Alternative Medicine databases.

NLM Database Training Manuals  This page includes links to the training resources used in conjunction with classes on PubMed, on NLM Gateway and Clinical Trials.gov, on TOXNET, on the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) and on the Introduction to Molecular Biology Information Resources. 

Ovid Online Tutorials (MEDLINE, PsychINFO, etc.)  Courtesy of Ovid, Inc. Includes MEDLINE,  PsychINFO, Health and Psychosocial Instruments, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts.  These are web-based, instructor led one hour long training sessions. These sessions are live and give you the opportunity to interact with Ovid’s Trainers. 

Ovid User's Guides  Once at the Ovid site, look for the "Training and Documentation" link.  Ovid offers novice, intermediate, and advanced workshops to help get the most out of the Ovid experience. Web-based sessions give the opportunity to learn new features and navigation techniques on the OVIDSP platform.  

PubMed Online Tutorial  From the National Library of Medicine, this web-tutorial will allow you to understand PubMed's scope and content, how the MeSH vocabulary is used to describe and retrieve citations, how to build a search using MeSH and PubMed search tools and manage your results using display, sort, the Clipboard, save, print, e-mail and order features and My NCBI filters. Also save your search strategies, link to full-text articles and other resources.

PubMed: About the 2009 Redesign  Online streaming presentation about the 2009 major redesign of PubMed.

SciFinder Scholar How To Guides  From Chemical Abstracts Service. These How To Guides show step-by-step examples and include tips for using a variety of features available in SciFinder.  For additional details, see the Help files, available from the SciFinder Scholar main toolbar.

Web of Science Tutorial  Tutorial from Thomson Reuters, Inc. Web of Science provides seamless access to current and retrospective multidisciplinary information from approximately 8,700 of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world.  In the tutorial, you will learn about the content and databases contained within WOS, how to search files individually or as part of a group and how to set up alerts for continual monitoring of the database.

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Online Tutorials from Health Sciences & Others

Accessing Full Text Online through PubMed and Other Databases  A Health Sciences Library description of how to use our Article Linker to access the full text of articles from PubMed and other databases. Access can be at the article or journal level. If there is no full text, how to request the article via Interlibrary Loan. 

Bioinformatics Tutorials Series (BITS)  View a demonstration and explanation of basic genomic resources, prepared by MIT and Harvard. 

CCTSI Informatics Seminar Series Calendar & Video Archive  Videos and webinars covering informatics topics. From CCTSI (the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute).

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CINAHL Tutorial from Health Sciences Library  Step by step modules in Adobe Captivate describing the basic searching strategies for CINAHL, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature from EBSCO. Focuses on finding evidence-based information resources.

Cochrane Library Tutorial  The Australasian Cochrane Centre tutorial on the Cochrane Library.  The Guide explains the purpose of the Library, who compiles it, the kind of information it contains, and how to search it. This is the third version of the Guide, fully revised and updated to reflect changes that have been made to the Cochrane Library in 2006-2008.

Endnote Web class at the Health Sciences Library - prerecorded video. EndNote Web is a free resource for reference management. Sign up for an account via Web of Science, then add references to your EndNote Web library from Web of Science, Google Scholar, or PubMed.
Please view a video tutorial if you'd like to learn how to register for an account, load references into EndNote Web, and output the references in a reference list in a particular style and use "Cite While You Write" in MS Word. A handout is also available. 

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Finding Full Text Online  Comprehensive PDF gives instructions prepared for primary users of the Health Sciences Library at Anschutz Medical Campus in PDF format.  Concentrating on PubMed and the OVID databases, with full illustrations of each step of the process. 

Finding Information on the Internet  Tutorials from UC Berkeley Library on searching the World Wide Web and evaluating web sites. The term "Research-quality Web Searching" is used to reflect the belief that there is a lot of great material on the Web - primary sources, specialized directories and databases, statistical information, educational sites on many levels, policy, opinion of all kinds, and so much more - and tools for finding it are steadily improving.

Google Guide: a tutorial  The more you know about Google, the better use you can make of this Internet search engine.  This guide was developed independently and is not a product of Google. It is an online interactive tutorial and reference for experienced users, novices, and everyone in between.

Health Sciences Library Handouts  Download copies of handouts distributed to library users and in library classes. The library handouts are available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format and include database help, library information, class handouts and handouts on library services. They are updated frequently.

Health Sciences Library Orientation 101  Tutorials designed to provide a basic overview of Health Sciences Library services, resources, and the library's webpage. Includes information about your library ID number, remote access to library resources, and how to find electronic journals. Requires Flash browser plugin.

HTML Tutorials at W3Schools  A collection of free HTML, CSS, JavaScript, DHTML, XML, XHTML, ASP, SQL tutorials with lots of working examples.  Teaches HTML and XHTML, styling with CSS,  all XML languages, browser scripting, server scripting, SQL and Database.  From one of  "the largest web developer sites on the net."

Internet for Medicine  Learn how to use the Internet for searching for medical resources using this free, interactive tutorial to improve Internet skills. Tours the best of the web, teaches how to search effectively, and then to evaluate the web sites found. From Intute, a United Kingdom institute supporting higher education. 

Interpreting Citations  This tutorial from the University of Missouri - St Louis is about interpreting journal article citations in print and online indexes. For illustration purposes the tutorial uses its own citation format. The concepts embodied can then be generalized to other citation styles in any number of indexes whether these are in print or online.

Keeping Up: Organizing access to search alerts from the medical literature, blogs, and websites News and alerts from a variety of sources - websites, blogs, and PubMed searches on topics, authors or journal Table of Contents - can be organized and reviewed in one program, the Google Reader.  Improve your efficiency in keeping up with important developments in your field. 

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NCBI "Introduction to Molecular Biology Resources" Class Recording  This three-day course, offered by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) on April 2-4, 2008, was recorded for tutorial use. Full course information is available on the course Web site. The recordings (in Adobe Flash™ format, recorded using Adobe Connect™) and transcripts are linked to the appropriate modules on the course Web site.

NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) Web Tutorial  The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The TUTORIALS are linked from the left column on the page and include a basic tutorial, supplemental tutorials and special topics.  From the National Center for Health Statistics. 

Public Health Information and Data Tutorial  From Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce this tutorial has the objectives of teaching a general understanding of the types of statistics 
and data sets that are available on the Internet, and being able to identify selected web sites with data sources and statistics for use at the national, state, and local public health levels.

Public Health Tutorials from MI-Info (Michigan Informatics)  Nine online tutorials focus on health information and computer literacy skills. Designed not only to support academic public health informatics programs and public health outreach training initiatives but also to help general audiences in finding, evaluating, and using reliable health information on the Internet.

Publish Not Perish  A combined effort from the University of Colorado Libraries, this online tutorial is aimed at introducing graduate students, new faculty and other potential authors to the world of scholarly publishing. Five modules cover the research process, manuscript prep and submission, deadlines, editing the work, and customizing your publishing plan.

Searching for Evidence Based Information Tutorial  These Flash tutorials were created by Lynne Fox, Education Librarian at the Health Sciences Library UC Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.  They provide an introduction to broad concepts of searching for evidence based information for clinical decision making, tips for searchers, and specific information for searching Ovid MEDLINE, PubMed, and the Cochrane Library more efficiently and effectively. 

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Searching for the Evidence: Finding Nursing Research in PubMed (streaming video)  A streaming video created and presented by Lisa K. Traditi, Head of Health Sciences Library Education Department and presented August 11 and 13, 2008. 

Student Email Help page  From the Health Sciences Library, Student Email Coordinator. Tips on getting started, accessing your email, managing your mail, troubleshooting, and general student issues with email accounts. Links to contact information and assistance are included.

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Bibliographic Citation Tutorials

EndNote Support  Guides, tipsheets, hot issues, information pages, FAQs, system requirements, downloads of program updates and patches for EndNote, from Thomson ResearchSoft.

EndNote Training  Online training tutorials for EndNote X1 basics, EndNote X2 basics, EndNote X3 basics, and  EndNote Web basics. View the EndNote  tutorials online (Requires Flash Player 7 or above) or download training tutorials in Windows Media Player (WMV) format or MP4 format. Also links to joining WebInar classes at your convenience. Classes are free but registration is limited. From Thomson ResearchSoft.

EndNote Tutorial  From UNC Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library. This tutorial describes EndNote version X2. Most of the features work the same way as in other EndNote versions. This tutorial assumes that you have EndNote installed on your computer, and that you have some familiarity with either the Windows or Macintosh operating system.

EndNote Web Training  EndNote Web tutorials that can be viewed online or downloaded.  Links to live Webinar classes, free but with limited registration.  EndNote Web training will show how to navigate the user interface, integrate with the Web of Knowledge database, collect and share references, and will explain how EndNote Web compliments EndNote on the desktop. From Thomson Reuters. 

Reference Manager Training  Online video tutorials for Reference Manager 12 What's New and Basics, and Reference Manager 11 Basics.  Links to registering for free live Webinars held at your convenience to learn user interface and setting up, plus four ways to add references to your library. 
From Thomson Reuters

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Genome/Molecular Biology Resource Tutorials

Bioinformatics Tutorials Series (BITS)  View a demonstration and explanation of basic genomic resources, prepared by MIT and Harvard. 

CCTSI Informatics Seminar Series Calendar & Video Archive  Videos and webinars covering informatics topics. From CCTSI (the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute).

[recommended, new]

Keeping Up: Organizing access to search alerts from the medical literature, blogs, and websites News and alerts from a variety of sources - websites, blogs, and PubMed searches on topics, authors or journal Table of Contents - can be organized and reviewed in one program, the Google Reader.  Improve your efficiency in keeping up with important developments in your field. 

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My NCBI for Molecular Biology Research  My NCBI can be set up to sort and filter the results of NCBI genomic searches into smaller and more manageable subsets.  View this tutorial to learn how to set up your own fitlers.  For basic information about My NCBI, please see: My NCBI Brochure

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National CTSA Education Resource Program (NCERP)  

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NCBI "Introduction to Molecular Biology Resources" Class Recording  This three-day course, offered by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) on April 2-4, 2008, was recorded for tutorial use. Full course information is available on the course Web site. The recordings (in Adobe Flash™ format, recorded using Adobe Connect™) and transcripts are linked to the appropriate modules on the course Web site.

Research Tips: Molecular & Cell Biology  A basic introduction to using PubMed, Google Scholar, and the resources of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) for gene research. 

MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses)

MOOCs are a new development in online education. They tend to be full college-level courses, taught completely online, but not for credit. We list three directories of MOOCs:

  1. Course Buffet - http://coursebuffet.com/
  2. Course Talk - http://coursetalk.org/
  3. Online Courses - http://www.onlinecourses.com/
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