Workshops at The Library

Please Note

  • All instructional workshops are open to UC San Diego 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 us 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. 
  • 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.
  • Be sure to note the location of the workshop - they may be at either the Geisel or Biomedical Library building.
  • Instructors can request library instruction

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.

Search Series - Library Databases and Search Tools

PubMed: the Essentials - the New Interface

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. 

TBD, February,
TBD, at Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3, 


PubMed: Beyond the Essentials - the New Interface

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.

TBD, February,
TBD, at Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3,


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.

Feb 6 (Thur),
11:00 - 12:30 pm at Geisel Lib Bldg, Dunst Classroom 1, 


Zotero is an easy to use citation manager with an itunes-like interface. Grab web pages, books from Amazon, or citations from a database (or even Roger). You can save PDFs or screenshots of webpages, organize your collection of resources, and add notes to your library. Very student friendly yet robust enough to work for researchers and faculty.

Request a consult for yourself or a group. 

EndNote Online

The online version of EndNote is available for free. Come learn how to insert citations to your online library and then use them when writing a paper. Users of the desktop version can also synch their online and desktop library, come learn how the online version extends your options.

Request a consult for yourself or a group. 


Writing a research paper and need to manage your references? Or, have PDFs you want to organize? 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.

Request a consult for yourself or a group. 

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.

Feb 20 (Thur),
11:00 - 12:30 pm at Geisel Lib Bldg, Dunst Classroom 1, 

Data & Software Carpentry Series


Session 1: Data Analysis and Visualization with MATLAB for Beginners 10am - 12pm

  • Accessing data from files, spreadsheets and other sources 
  • Performing statistical analysis, curve and surface fitting routines 
  • Developing algorithms and applications to automate your workflow 
  • Generating reports in HTML and other file formats to share your work

Session 2: What's New in MATLAB 1pm - 3pm

  • MATLAB Foundation Updates - Faster execution engine, Graphics system, Live Editor
  • Data handling and language enhancements - Simpler data importing, Improved datatypes, Big data capabilities,
  • App building - App Designer, Sharing apps and Creating toolboxes
  • Latest in Parallel and GPU Computing with MATLAB
  • Hardware Support, Project Based Learning,
  • Other Toolbox and Product enhancements such as Live Editor, our auto-grading tools, and online training!
  • Interoperability with OSS and other languages

Feb 19 (Wed),
10:00 - 3:00 pm at Geisel Lib Bldg, Classroom 2, 

Data Carpentry

Data Carpentry develops and teaches workshops on the fundamental data skills needed to conduct research. Its target audience is researchers who have little to no prior computational experience, and its lessons are domain specific, building on learners' existing knowledge to enable them to quickly apply skills learned to their own research.

You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Registration for both days and a laptop is required.

Feb 4 & 5 (Tue & Wed),
9:00 - 4:30 pm at Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 4, 

GIS Mapping Series

The Business of Location Intelligence - Why Where Matters

Location data is everywhere and increasingly important to business success and innovation. Uber, Tesla, Amazon, Airbnb and many more disruptors are built around spatial analysis and locational context, yet many businesses still have not understood or embraced the power of location intelligence and analytics. This half-day workshop will discuss and share case studies, real world examples and innovation that has been built on location intelligence and describe the reasons that those that embrace it deeply.

Software that will be used:

ArcGIS Business Analyst: provides location-based intelligence for planning, site selection, and customer segmentation. Combine demographic, lifestyle, and spending data with map-based analytics for accurate reports and dynamic presentations. Business Analyst is available as a web browser SaaS solution, a desktop-based tool, or as part of an on premise ArcGIS ecosystem.

ArcGIS Insights: art of the Esri Geospatial Cloud, ArcGIS Insights is analysis software that fuses location analytics with open data science and business intelligence workflows. Answer questions you didn’t know to ask, analyze data completely, and unlock new insights. Empower analyst of all skill levels, across departments, to directly connect data, perform advanced analytics, and take results into 3rd party systems.

Instructor: Helen Thompson is Esri’s global marketing strategy manager for real estate, banking, and insurance. As a recognized thought leader and keynote speaker on spatial theory and location platforms.

Jan 31 (Fri),
9:00 - 12:00 pm at Geisel Lib Bldg, Classroom 2, 

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