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Bibliographic Management


Learn how to use EndNote to search and download citations from PubMed, I-Share, and Web of Science. In addition the class will cover importing citations from databases, producing bibliographies and using the EndNote plugin in Word while writing papers.

How to get EndNote software

The Medical Library and Morris Library in Carbondale share a site license for Endnote software. The license includes graduate students and residents. Instructions for requesting the software may be found at

  • If you do not have an SIU Dawgtag you may leave that entry blank.
  • Before downloading and installing the software, contact

EndNote Online

This class covers creating a SIUSM Web of Science account for accessing EndNote Online, adding references in a variety of ways, organizing and sharing citation folders, and formatting a manuscript with EndNote Online for publication.

Calendar and Email

Now that we’re used to Outlook’s interface we can delve deeper into its capabilities. Learn to use filters and rules to organize your e-mail inbox and further customize out-of-office replies, use Calendar to identify the best meeting times and reserve meeting rooms, and explore how the Web App and WorxMail (the mobile app) can keep you connected when you’re not in the office.


Intro to Access: Interface,Tables, Forms, and Reports

This basic course covers the Access user interface, importing Excel spreadsheets, and modifying and using existing databases. After taking the workshop, participants will be able to create and edit database tables and forms, add new data to an existing database, and create reports from database tables.

Intermediate Access – Queries and Database Theory

The second course in the Access sequence will help you make the most of Access’ capabilities. We will cover basic terminology, organization, and best practices for database design. Finally, we’ll learn how to create simple and complex queries to combine information from multiple tables and dig deeper into your data. Participants should feel comfortable with the material presented in the Introduction to Access class before taking this course.


Photoshop: Preparing Images for Posters and Manuscripts

This class is is designed for students, researchers and faculty who need to edit and prepare images for use in posters and manuscripts. Topics covered include resizing, cropping, layers, color and contrast adjustment, superimposing immunofluorescent images, and annotation.

Online Courses

Free Online Cancer Prevention and Detection Training

The purpose of this training is to provide cancer prevention and detection information and resources to educators, health care professionals and consumers to be able to conduct outreach activities in their own communities. Educational materials and resources are made available to those individuals who complete the training.

MyCourses Training

MyCourses training is in-person instruction on using Moodle, an open source Course Management System supported by SIUMED for the development and offering of non-credit online training programs. MyCourses training is designed to assist SIUMED faculty, staff, and students in the creation of Moodle courses. Sessions can be tailored to provide a general overview of what Moodle is and how to use it, to course construction and setup, or to address specific issues, activities or resources. No prior experience is needed. To learn more about Moodle at SIUMED see the Information Resources - mycourses webpage. For additional information, or to request a training session, contact


Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization

Learn how to use fewer words and more pictures or graphics to get your point across. Infographics are graphic representations of information, data or knowledge created to present complex information quickly and clearly. Increase your knowledge of visually representing information and data and using data visualization tools. Participants will use a dataset and online resources to create an infographic in class.

PowerPoint 2013 Basics

PowerPoint is an electronic slide presentation program. This session will review the basics of setting up slides for onscreen presentations.

Powerpoint 2013: Animations and Multimedia

Animated text or graphics can be used to focus your audiences' attention and to present several elements on a single slide. Video and audio clips can bring an additional quality to your presentation when a static image or description is not enough. This class will cover several types of animations and how to add video and audio clips to your presentation.

How to make a poster in PowerPoint

SIUSM logo identity standards requirements, finding SIUSM templates, and designing posters to present scientific research are presented in this class.

Converting PowerPoint Presentations to Video

Use Camtasia Studio to record narration into your PowerPoint presentation and convert it to video.  This class covers the basics of adding audio, callouts, and transitions to your presentation and saving it in video format.  We will also review adding interactivity with quizzes and surveys to your Camtasia video.

Searching Skills

Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy, and are internationally recognised as the highest standard in evidence-based health care. They investigate the effects of interventions for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

Finding Full Text

Finding the full text of an article online can be a challenge. There are many factors that determine whether an article is available online. Already having the citation or first searching for references through a database determines how to go about finding the full text. This one hour class will review the strategies needed to find full text articles online through such databases as PubMed, Medline w/Full Text, Google Scholar and Academic Search Premier, as well as how to find the full text when you already have the citation. Access to full text from off campus will also be discussed.


Learn how to set up a profile in PubMed and save searches, collections of citations and author bibliographies. Set automatic email updates of searches, share collections and bibliographies and limit or focus a search with customized filters. Get started creating your biosketch in SciENcv.

Searching PubMed including MEDLINE

Learn how to search more effectively for journal articles in PubMed. MeSH (Medical Subject Headings), limits, subheadings, LinkOut to full text and saved searches are included in this class.

Web of Science

An introduction to the Web of Science research platform. Web of Science resources include the Web of Science Citation Indexes, EndNote Web, Journal Citation Reports and more. A unique feature of the Web of Science Citation Indexes is the cited reference search, which allows one to track how many times an article has been cited, who has been citing the article and to trace the evolution of a concept or idea. Learn how to find journal impact factors and search the citation indexes.


Microsoft EXCEL 2013: Basics

Microsoft Excel is an electronic spreadsheet used to perform calculations and also functions as a database. The functions necessary to produce a spreadsheet such as data entry, formula entry, cell selection, formatting, sorting, saving, and printing are practiced before creating a spreadsheet.

Microsoft EXCEL 2013: Charts and Graphs

Using the data from the spreadsheet, many different types of charts and graphs can be created in Excel. The functions necessary to produce a chart or graph are practiced before making bar, pie, and line graphs.

Microsoft EXCEL 2013: PivotTables

An Excel PivotTable is a tool for summarizing your data in a simple format. Use just the data and fields that you need to answer a question. Reuse the same PivotTable to answer different questions by rearranging it. This class covers the basics of creating and using PivotTables. Participants will learn how to create, filter, rearrange and format a PivotTable and to create a PivotChart.

Video Production

Converting PowerPoint Presentations to Video

Use Camtasia Studio to record narration into your PowerPoint presentation and convert it to video.  This class covers the basics of adding audio, callouts, and transitions to your presentation and saving it in video format.  We will also review adding interactivity with quizzes and surveys to your Camtasia video.

Web Page Construction

Introduction to Dreamweaver CS5.5

Learn the basics of creating web pages.This course includes creating links, adding images, tables, correct page structure and setting up Dreamweaver to transfer your files to the server.

Dreamweaver CS5 Forms

This class covers basic web form design including radio buttons, check boxes, text boxes and jump menus. Students will also learn to modify and use a script file that works with the HTML file to make the form function properly.

Dreamweaver CS5.5 Styles

Style sheets are collections of rules that define the styles of a document and offer more control over text and positioning than standard HTML. Learn how to use DIVs (or containers) and custom styles to make your pages look better. Dreamweaver lets you create styles that can be embedded in an HTML document or saved as a separate style sheet that can be used for multiple documents.

Dreamweaver CS5: Using the SIUSM Template

This session will provide hands-on guidance on downloading and using the template. Topics covered include accessibility requirements, use of styles and style sheets, and creating Dreamweaver templates and library items.

Web Page Accessibility

Hands on class reviews ways to make pages more accessible to those with disabilities. It includes changes that can be done using the Dreamweaver interface as well as changes that need to be done by hand. People need to be familiar with the basics of using Dreamweaver (Dreamweaver I) before enrolling in this class.

Word Processing

Microsoft Word 2013 Basics

A review of the basic functions of a word processing program. Functions covered include saving documents, page setup, formatting and editing functions, setting tabs and indentation, tables and columns.

Word 2013 Basics Handout (pdf) | Word practice

Microsoft WORD 2010 Mail Merge

Learn how to create a database of variable data and to merge this information into a primary document. Included is the printing of merged letters and envelopes, and the use of this function to create mailing labels.

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