Library Classes

Library classes are open to USC faculty, students, staff, and the general public. All classes are hands-on and last about an hour. They are held in the library's computer classroom. Classes are free of charge and offered on demand. We also offer a menu of shorter topics of On Demand Presentations for individual consultations, departmental meetings, or journal clubs.



Classes Offered:

Consumer Health Websites

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It's estimated that there are over 100,000 health websites and that over 80% of adult Internet users have searched for at least one major health topic online. Attendees will learn about the demographics of online health seekers, the impact of the Internet on doctor-patient dynamics, guidelines for evaluating health websites, and the most authoritative consumer health sites available on the web.

 
Instructor: Handout(s):
Christine Whitaker MLA User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web
216-3201  
Christine.Whitaker@uscmed.sc.edu


Current Awareness Tools - Staying up-to-date

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Current Awareness Tools can help you stay up-to-date with the journal literature. Attendees will learn how to create email search alerts, citation alerts, and journal issue alerts through databases and e-journal resources. We'll also take a look at using RSS feeds and podcasts to keep track of new journal content. Come find out about the current awareness options available in Ovid, PubMed, Science Direct, and more.

 
Instructor: Handout(s):
Roz McConnaughy Current Awareness Tools
216-3214 Customizing PubMed Using My NCBI: Adding a Libraries Filter (PDF)
roz.mcconnaughy@uscmed.sc.edu Customizing PubMed Using My NCBI: Setting Up E-mail Alerts (PDF)
  Creating Ovid AutoAlerts (PDF)


Tutorial(s):
Customizing PubMed with My NCBI Tutorial. SOM Library.
Creating Ovid AutoAlerts SOM Library

Evidence-Based Medicine Resources

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This session provides an overview of the evidence-based medicine (EBM) process, including a review of study designs and an introduction to the Cochrane Collaboration. Attendees will search the Cochrane Library, PubMed with an EBM focus, the National Guideline Clearinghouse, and other resources.

 
Instructor: Handout(s):
Roz McConnaughy Health Sciences Literature Searching Strategies
216-3214
roz.mcconnaughy@uscmed.sc.edu

Tutorials:
Evidence-Based Medicine Resources Tutorial. USC School of Medicine Library.

Google

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Learn the basics of using Google’s Advanced Search, Google Scholar, and some of Google’s fun features such as Google Maps and Google Earth.

 
Instructors:
Karen McMullen & Steve Wilson
216-3207
Karen.McMullen@uscmed.sc.edu


How to Use the School of Medicine Library

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Learn about the variety of resources and services available to you at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library. In this one hour session we`ll show you the most effective ways to find books, journals, and other information for research and provide an orientation to the Library and its services as well as offer a tour of the facility for faculty, staff, and students.

 
Instructor:
Victor Jenkinson
216-3211
Victor@uscmed.sc.edu


Introduction to Photoshop

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Ever wonder what all the fuss is about Photoshop? Want to be introduced to one of the most powerful imaging tools on the market? Sign-up to take a one-on-one introduction to one of the world’s leading imaging software programs. In this class we will explore some of the basic features available in the new Photoshop CS program, including layers, basic filters, image modes and adjustments, and photo retouching.

 
Instructor:
Steve Wilson
216-3206
Steve.Wilson@uscmed.sc.edu


OVID Medline

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This hands-on session will cover the main features of Ovid Medline, such as using limits, exploding/focusing, combining searches, the results manager, the find citation search, and creating a saved search alert.

 
Instructor: Handout(s):
Felicia Yeh Accessing Fulltext in Ovid MEDLINE (PDF)
216-3202 Creating Ovid AutoAlerts Handout. (PDF)
Felicia.Yeh@uscmed.sc.edu

Tutorial(s):
Accessing Fulltext in Ovid MEDLINE. SOM Library.
Creating Ovid AutoAlerts. SOM Library.


PowerPoint Help
For specific instructions on how to complete a task in PowerPoint, such as: using clip art, inserting graphs or charts, importing Web screens, creating large print posters, etc., email Laura Kane with your question. 

 
Instructor: Handout(s):
Laura Kane Creating Large Format Posters Using PowerPoint
216-3205
Laura.Kane@uscmed.sc.edu

PubMed

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This class provides an overview of PubMed, the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE search interface. Learn how to search by medical subject headings, apply limits, email and print your results, and create search alerts through MyNCBI.

 
Instructor: Handout(s):
Roz McConnaughy Accessing Fulltext in PubMed (PDF)
216-3214 Customizing PubMed Using My NCBI: Adding a Libraries Filter (PDF)
roz.mcconnaughy@uscmed.sc.edu Customizing PubMed Using My NCBI: Setting Up E-mail Alerts (PDF)

Tutorial(s):
Accessing Fulltext in PubMed. SOM Library.
Customizing PubMed with My NCBI Tutorial. SOM Library.
EBM Filters in PubMed. SOM Library.
Single Citation Matcher. SOM Library.


Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science)

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Learn how to search Science Citation Index Expanded, one of the three indexes available through the Web of Knowledge platform. This database features cited reference searching, which allows you to see who has cited a journal article.

 
Instructor: Handout(s):
Christine Whitaker Web of Science Tips
216-3201
Christine.Whitaker@uscmed.sc.edu

SciFinder Scholar

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This database covers all literature related to chemistry, including pharmacology and toxicology. It also searches the MEDLINE database and can access medical and chemistry-related literature in one search. Sessions will be one-on-one in your office, unless a group class is requested.

 
Instructor: Handout(s):
Christine Whitaker
216-3201
Christine.Whitaker@uscmed.sc.edu

Toxnet Databases

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Learn to search NIH’s suite of toxicology-related databases, including TOXLINE, Hazardous Substances Databank, Genetic Toxicology Databank and others. Sessions can be one-on-one in your office, or group classes can be requested.

 
Instructor: Handout(s):
Christine Whitaker
216-3201
Christine.Whitaker@uscmed.sc.edu