Custom Library Classes

Librarians can teach a variety of classes based on the needs of IUSM students, faculty, or staff. Faculty may contact their Department Liaison about developing a class tailored to a specialty, curriculum, or research assignment.

Citation Management

Basics of Endnote - EndNote is a citation management software program. This program allows users to import citations from numerous literature databases into one location. Users can then edit citations, add notes, import full text documents, and ultimately, use the program to format citations for articles, papers, grant proposals, etc.

Advanced Endnote - This class will focus on using EndNote in collaborations where multiple people need to access the same EndNote library and edit the same Word document with EndNote references. Some useful EndNote customizations will also be demonstrated.

Basics of Zotero - Zotero is an open-source source management tool and is perfect for anyone engaged in research. This workshop will cover: Installation and set up, adding references, creating shared collections, importing citations from an EndNote library, adding new citation styles, and backing-up and setting up online Sync with Zotero server.

Data Management

Basics of Data Management - Intended for researchers at any level to gain a basic understanding of the purpose and benefits of a Data Management. Plan (DMP) and other internal structures.

LabArchives Training - This training provides an overview of LabArchives, an electronic lab notebook, and how it might be used in a lab. The session will be a mix of demonstration and hands-on practice. Computers will be provided, but feel free to bring your laptop or other electronic device you might use to access LabArchives.

Evidence-Based Medicine

Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) - Introduces EBM concepts and resources. The class is designed for medical educators and clinicians.

Won’t Get Fooled Again – Evaluating Scientific Research -Evaluating Scientific Research - Focuses on challenges around reporting scientific research and highlights methods of critically engaging with research. Covers potential areas of misconduct (ie. p-hacking), reproducibility in research, and combating inaccuracies in scientific reporting.

Locating Information

Introduction to Medical Library Resources - Provides a fast-paced, broad, strong starting point for faculty, staff, students and residents  who want to access background medical information, professional medical literature, prep CVs, etc.

Maximize Your Literature Search - This hands-on class will provide tips and tricks on using advanced search skills to find systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials in PubMed. Participants will learn how to use keywords and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) to get the most out of their searches and will also learn to save their searches and create search alerts.


Using MyBibliography for NIH Public Access Compliance - Learn how to use MyBibliography to manage NIH Public Access compliance for NIH-funded peer-reviewed papers and ensure that grant money is not held up by non-compliant papers. Learn how to add items into MyBibliography (including PubMed records and others), check for compliance and know what the different stages mean, and when to contact the publisher and what information they need to get papers a PMCID.

Using MyBibliography for SciENcv - Come learn about converting NIH Biosketches into the new format, what SCiENcv is and how to use it, and how to use MyBibliography to help in this process.


Determining Your Research Impact - This class will provide participants with information on various metrics such as impact factors, Eigenfactors, the Becker Model, H-Indices, etc. Participants will also get hands on experience with using library resources to discover more information about tracking their impact going forward. 

Managing your Scholarly Profiles - Your digital footprint exists, whether you maintain it. This class will provide examples of the commonly used scholarly profiles. Participants will also get hands on experience with using library resources to discover more information about tracking their impact going forward. 

Publishing - Steps to publishing scholarly work - Intended for anyone from undergraduate medical students to junior faculty, this class will help clarify the steps from research approval to scholarly product (presentations, posters, publications) and will highlight resources to use in that process.   

Systematic Reviews

Introduction to Systematic Reviews - This class will introduce systematic reviews of the literature. Topics will include the following: standards and criteria to consider, establishing a plan, registering a protocol, developing a research question, determining where to search, identifying search terms, reporting search strategies, and managing references. 

Exhaustive Searching for Systematic Reviews - This class will focus on tips and techniques for carrying out exhaustive literature searches for published and unpublished studies. 

Technology in Medicine

The Basics of 3D Printing - This class is intended for students at IUSM to learn the basics of 3D printing, current/future applications of 3D printing in medicine, and how they can benefit from the Nexus 3D Print services in their schoolwork and research. 

Introduction to 3D Modelling - 3D modeling virtual objects is often one of the first steps in the medical product innovation process. This class will teach everybody how to use the freely available 3D modeling software “TinkerCAD.” Virtual 3D objects created within TinkerCAD can then be 3D-printed. 

Introduction to Emerging Technologies - This class will provide an overview of various emerging technologies and their current and potential uses in medical practice, research, and education. 

Point of Care (Mobile) Resources - This class will provide information on what mobile resources are available through the library, how to install and register these apps, and some basic instructions on using these apps. Additionally, the Mobile Resources guide will be discussed and how to find other apps not available through the library. Lastly, attendees will learn some basic information about how to evaluate apps they find in app stores and learn a little more about how apps make it to the app store. 

Virtual Reality in Medical Practice - This class explores the application of virtual reality in clinical practice, specifically in surgical training, rehabilitation, pain management, and the treatment of mental illness.