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The Health Sciences Library offers opportunities to learn to effectively and efficiently use information resources important for research, teaching and patient care. Please contact the Education & Reference Services Coordinator at (614) 292-4893 or by using this form for more information unless otherwise noted. You may also contact your liaison librarian for workshops/instructional sessions tailored to your course needs.

The following are examples of workshops that are generally offered by request or within the content of an existing course:

Searching the Literature

Comprehensive Literature Searching. Learn what a comprehensive search is, which databases to include in a comprehensive search, and why it is important to be comprehensive in searching prior to a clinical trial. This workshop includes some search techniques for conducting comprehensive searches.

Searching PubMed. Focus on the advanced features of PubMed to locate evidence.

Searching the Literature for Evidence Based Practice. Learn to create good clinical questions using PICO and search for appropriate evidence using PubMed, CINAHL, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and other databases as needed.

Searching the Biomedical Literature Outside of PubMed. Get familiar with biomedical databases other than PubMed, such as BIOSIS Previews and Web of Science.

Scholarly Communications

Introduction to NIH Public Access Policy. Learn the basics of complying with the NIH Public Access Policy including using My NCBI. Contact Lynda Hartel for more information. 


Database Training. In-person or virtual training is available for most library subscribed databases. Contact the  Collection Development Librarian for more information.

PowerPoint for Posters. Learn to create professional, engaging, readable posters using Microsoft PowerPoint. Contact Meg Birmingham for more information.

Introduction to Citation Management. Learn the basics of using RefWorks, a bibliographic manager available to OSU faculty, staff and students.