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 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

PubMed:  the Basics

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.

Oct 24 (Wed),
Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3
2:00 - 3:30 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.

Nov 6 (Tue),
Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3
1:00 - 2:30 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.

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


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.


Ask for a custom workshop or consult

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.

Ask for a custom workshop or consult


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.

Ask for a custom workshop or consult

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.

Does the date and time not fit your schedule or need a session sooner? Request a consultation.

Oct 11 (Thur),
Biomed Lib Bldg Classroom 3
12:00 - 1:30 pm

Research Data Curation Series

Library Carpentry Workshop

Library Carpentry introduces you to the fundamentals of computing tools relevant to aid you in your daily workflow.  The workshops and lessons we teach provide a foundational platform for further self-directed learning.   Some of the topics and questions we will cover in the workshop will be:  

  • Why you would automate and how, how not repeating yourself is a good thing in computation.Help develop a common vocabulary and set of practices between computing resource specialists and librarians
  • Working with data in a familiar context
  • Provide a better understanding of the uses of data/software in modern research, so you will be able to understand what’s happening in highly computationally intensive research.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.).

Sept 14 (Fri),
Biomed Classroom 4
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

GIS & Data Lab Series

Introducing Esri ArcGIS Hub

Transform how you engage and collaborate with your community using GIS. ArcGIS Hub provides a framework for a two-way engagement to content inside and ArcGIS Organization with the community through initiatives. This workshop will introduce ArcGIS Hub and Open Data framework that combine data, visualization, analytics and collaboration technology. Some familiarity with GIS will be useful for this workshop.

Instructor: Canserina Kurnia, Esri, Solution Engineer

ArcGIS Hub is available to UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff through the University of California's Esri ArcGIS license. More info on ArcGIS Hub, Initiatives, and Open Data.

For questions, please contact Amy Work, or Maryam Sarkhoush,

Nov 13 (Tue),
Geisel Classroom 1
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Self-study using is a library of over 100,000 video tutorials on software, technology, design, photography, business, life skills, and more. Only for UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students.

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