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Library Instruction

Showing you how to use online and print resources effectively is one of our most important functions. Our goal is to teach you efficient ways of:

  • finding, compiling and evaluating information
  • helping you develop lifelong information skills that will continue to serve you both personally and professionally

Health sciences librarians provide instruction in a variety of settings:

  • individual instruction
  • small group sessions
  • classroom instruction

We are currently offering instruction on the following topics:

Effective Medline Searching (90 minutes)
Covers searching Medline database via PubMed search engine. Medline is the world’s premier biomedical database produced by the National Library of Medicine. It consists of citations to the world’s health-related literature. Includes the basics of searching as well as how to locate the full-text of relevant articles and an explanation of the relationship of Medline to other information resources.

Advanced Medline Searching (60 minutes)
Designed for users who have some experience searching Medline. Sessions will be tailored to the needs of the group and will include more detailed discussion of MESH, Medline’s controlled vocabulary, and tips on how to make your retrieval more precise.

Searching Medline & Web-Based Resources for Public Health and Epidemiology Literature (90 minutes)
Covers Medline search techniques and terminology to help you target the epidemiology literature. Overview of searching the Internet for epidemiology and public health information.

Searching PubMed for Evidence-Based Medicine (90 minutes)
Searching PubMed using “clinical queries” feature. Review use of subheadings, etc.

EndNote Training (2 hours)
Introduction to the use of EndNote Bibliographic Software. Save and manage bibliographic citations imported from Medline and other databases. Create bibliographies for publications, grants, reports, etc. which can be easily formatted for different styles of publication.

Library Orientation (60 minutes)
A general introduction to library resources that can be tailored to the specific needs of your class.

Other sessions available by request. Contact us at hslinfo@hawaii.edu for more information or to arrange a session.