NIH Library About Us Announcements NIH Library Classes: July - September 2014

NIH Library Classes: July - September 2014

Let the NIH Library help you improve your searching and reference management skills.

Classes are free, hands-on, open to NIH and HHS staff, and are held in the NIH Library Training Room, Building 10 Clinical Center, near the South Entrance.

Registration is required for all classes. To register, click the desired course title below. Please note the course descriptions at the bottom of the page.

***New Class Registration Process: Registration for NIH Library classes is managed by CIT using the HHS Learning Management System. Please log into this system before proceeding to register for classes. For assistance with registration, please contact CIT at 301.594.6248 or

If you are unable to attend a class, consider requesting an individual tutorial. Please note that not all classes are available tutorials. Contact the NIH Library Instruction Team if your desired class is not listed.

We look forward to seeing you!


19: 1 pm - 2:30 pm​ Scopus: Understanding the Basics
19: 3:30 - 4 pm​ 3D Printing at the NIH Library
23: 1 - 1:30 pm​ 3D Printing at the NIH Library

1: 1 pm - 2:30 pm​     EndNote: Managing Your Search Results
2: 11 - 12:00 pm​ Visualizing Health Data with ArcGIS Desktop (Webinar)
2: 1 pm - 2:30 pm​ PubMed: Understanding the Basics
15: 1 pm - 3:30 pm Information Resources for Clinical Research
16: 1 pm - 2:30 pm​ BTRIS: The Biomedical Translational Research Information System
17: 12 pm - 1:15 pm Information Resources for Clinical Research
21: 1 - 2:00 pm​ EndNote: Managing Your Search Results (Webinar)
21: 4 pm - 5:30 pm Information Resources for Clinical Research
22: 2 - 2:30 pm​ 3D Printing at the NIH Library
24: 10 am - 11:30 am     Web of Science: Mining the Literature
29: 1:30 - 4:00 pm​ Gene Resources: From Transcription Factor Binding Sites to Function
30: 2 - 2:30 pm​ 3D Printing at the NIH Library

4: 12 - 12:30 pm​ 3D Printing at the NIH Library
6: 1 - 2:00 pm​ Designing Maps for a Health Study Webinar (Webinar)
12: 10 - 11:30 am​     PubMed: Understanding the Basics
12: 1 - 3:00 pm​ Web Search: Thinking Beyond Google
13: 1 - 2 pm​ EndNote Web: Using EndNote from Anywhere (Webinar)
13: 4 - 5:30 pm​ Information Resources for Clinical Research
14: 10 - 11:30 am​ EndNote: Managing Your Search Results
21: 1:30 - 4 pm​ Introduction to Clinical Genomics
26: 1:00 - 2 pm​ BTRIS: The Biomedical Translational Research Information System
27: 11 am - 12:00 pm​ EndNote: Managing Your Search Results (Webinar)
28: 10 - 11:30 am​     Introduction to Data Management

2: 1:30 - 3:00 pm​ Introduction to Data Management (Webinar)
8: 1 - 2:00 pm​ EndNote: Managing Your Search Results
22: 1 - 2:30 pm​     PubMed: Understanding the Basics
24: 10 - 11:30 am​ Finding and Reusing Scientific Research Data
24: 1 - 2:00 pm​ EndNote: Managing Your Search Results (Webinar)


Course Descriptions

NOTE: Not every course is taught each quater. Dates of courses are listed above.


3D Printing at the NIH Library
Learn how to operate a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer. From June 2 to August 29 the NIH Library is piloting a free 3D printing service to offer NIH staff the opportunity to explore this technology and to assess the need for this type of service at NIH. The printer is self-service and is available during Library open hours. Prior to printing, users are required to learn how to use the printer during this 30-minute orientation. Orientations are held weekly. NOTE: This orientation does not cover 3D modeling.

10 Tips for Self-Editing Your Manuscript (Webinar)
Self-editing can be challenging. Learn techniques that can help you find that stray typo or overlooked grammar error. This webinar will help you gain proofreading skills used by professional editors and gain comptency using Microsoft® Word tools.

BTRIS: The Biomedical Translational Research Information System
Learn how to use the Biomedical Translational Research Information System (BTRIS) to streamline the task of gathering and reporting active protocol data. Dr. Jim Cimino will demonstrate how to run queries in BTRIS and then guide attendees through running reports for their protocols. Class Pre-requisites: You must have an established BTRIS user account for access to identified data. These accounts are given to all Principal Investigators or with permission to their designees. If you do not have an account please complete this form: BTRIS registration. For additional information on these sessions contact BTRIS Support at or call 301-827-8270.

EndNote: Managing Your Search Results
EndNote© is a reference management tool for finding, downloading and organizing references in a personal, searchable database. With EndNote you can import references from online databases such as PubMed and Web of Science; search for and edit references; insert references in manuscripts with Microsoft® Word "Cite While You Write;" create bibliographies; and choose from thousands of journal publishing styles to format references and bibliographies.

EndNote Web: Using EndNote from Anywhere
EndNote Web is a web-based research and writing tool and a perfect complement to EndNote and Reference Manager. Add, transfer or import your references to EndNote Web and access your account via any web browser. Use "Cite While You Write" from EndNote Web to format your in-text citations and bibliography. If you do not have access to EndNote, than try EndNote Web - it is another great tool in your researcher toolbox! This resource is available for free to NIH/HHS staff via the Web of Science database on the NIH Library website.

Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO)
This class demonstrates how to search for an expression record in GEO and obtain differentially expressed genes and information about their pathway enrichment. Topics to be covered: types of databases (GEO DataSets and GEO Profiles), types of entries in GEO DataSets (Platform, Sample, Series and Dataset), searching options for GEO DataSets, obtaining differentially expressed gene list for an experiment (using analysis tools in GEO DataSet or using GEO2R), and links to accessing or downloading data, profiles and pathway enrichment.

GGene Resources: From Transcription Factor Binding Sites to Function
This course describes how to obtain information about a human gene at all levels of the central dogma of life, genome, transcript and protein, and prediction of transcription factors regulating its expression. It also covers information about single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the gene and which ones are known to be associated with disease.

GeneSpring 12.6
GeneSpring 12.6 provides comprehensive analytical and visualization tools for multiple data types within a single application. With the NIH Library license, gene expression (microarray), miRNA, QPCR, exon splicing, CNV, and GWAS can be combined into one project, allowing researchers to analyze and view results from different experiments in a single user interface. One can link probes across data types, array platforms, and organisms that map to the same biological entity. GeneSpring includes a wide range of biological contextualization tools including GO, GSEA/GSA, and Pathway analysis with interaction databases for over 20 model organisms. The NIH Library has two floating licenses ( for GeneSpring. This class covers the functionatlity of GeneSpring available with this license. Additionally, the Library holds a static license for GeneSpring 12. This program is located on NIH Library Bioinformatics Workstation 3 (64-bit architecture, 8 cores, 48GB RAM, and 2TB disk space). For reservations, please visit the NIH Library Information Desk or call 301-496-1080.

Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD) Professional
HGMD Professional is a unique resource providing comprehensive data on human inherited disease mutations. Its compilation of structured, manually curated data from the peer-reviewed literature enables quick access to both single mutation queries and advanced search applications. The class is free: no registration is required.

Introduction to Clinical Genomics
This class describes how to access information about genes and their variants associated with diseases and the impact of variants on drug response and dosing guidelines. The class also provides an introduction to determination of the impact of the variants on function, pathogenicity or deleteriousness. Several publicly available resources will be covered. Topics to be covered: 1. Types of mutations 2. Nomenclature for the description of sequence variants by the Human Genome Variation Society (HGVS) 3. Introduction to resources, such as ClinVar, Clinical Genomic Database (CGD), dbSNP, Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM), Exome Variant Server (EVS), Genetic Testing Registry (GTR), Phenotype-Genotype Integrator (PheGenI) and 1000 Genomes, to access information about genes and their variants associated with diseases 4. Introduction to resources, such as Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) and Pharmacogenomics Knowledgebase (PhramGKB), to obtain information about the impact of variants on drug response and dosing guidelines 5. Introduction to resources, such as Combined Annotation Dependent Depletion (CADD), Variant Effect Predictor, Variant Reporter, wANNOVAR and Site Directed Mutator (SDM), for functional, pathogenicity or deleteriousness annotation of variants.

Introduction to Data Management
As science becomes increasingly data-intensive and new policies require sharing of research data, investigators need to be aware of how they can most effectively manage their data. This course will provide an introduction to best practices in data management applicable to almost all types of digital data, spanning the entire research life cycle, from before a project starts to after it ends. Attendees will learn techniques to make their data more useful to themselves and their team, enhance their ability to share their data, and increase citations to their research.

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)(Webinar)
A geographic information system (GIS) is a set of technologies that has the potential to inform the practice of policy makers, planners, and public health practitioners. This class will introduce students to the basics of GIS and spatial data, spatial databases for public health, and the basics of mapping health information.

Introduction to Online Mapping (Webinar)
This webinar will provide an overview of online mapping, with a focus on mapping health information. Through case examples, the instructor will illustrate how the “Geo-Web” and data visualization tools have transformed how we make maps and analyze geographic patterns in health data.

Making Sense of DNA and Protein Sequences
In this class students will find a gene within a eukaryotic DNA sequence. They will then learn how to predict the function of the implied protein product by seeking sequence similarities to proteins of documented function using BLAST and other tools. Finally students will find a 3D modeling template for this protein sequence using a Conserved Domain Database Search. During the first hour the instructor will walk students through an analysis of an uncharacterized genomic sequence from a GenBank record. During the second hour of the class students will perform the same analysis on another genomic sequence.

Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis
Massively parallel sequencing, also known as next generation sequencing, is a technology enabling high-throughput sequencing of genomes or loci of interest. This hands-on class focuses on a single locus. It examines the quality of the sequence reads; mapping of reads; and the quality of the mapping. It also examines sequence variation.

Two-day workshop offering hands-on training on Partek Genomics Suite (PGS), software that is designed to support next generation sequencing (NGS), microarray and qPCR data analysis.

Public Health Data Resources (Webinar)
This webinar will outline the common data types used in public health, and provide an overview of key public health data resources. A case study will be used to reinforce basic concepts covered in the webinar.

PubMed: Understanding the Basics
Use PubMed to find articles on your research topic in biomedical and scientific journals. PubMed is the National Library of Medicine's premier bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine and preclinical sciences, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine and the health care system. It includes journal article citations and abstracts from MEDLINE and other sources. Many of the citations lead to full-text articles available online through NIH Library subscription agreements.

Scopus & Web of Science: Rich with Citations
This class will highlight the capabilities and features of each product. Much of the utility of these products is in the eye of the beholder and will satisfy different information requirements to different degrees. Learn how to use both databases to search for articles and how to use both to track citations and analyze.

Scopus: Understanding the Basics
Scopus is an interdisciplinary, bibliographic database that indexes the contents of more than 21,000 journals in the physical sciences, engineering, earth and environmental sciences, life and health sciences, social sciences, psychology, business, and management. Scopus includes MEDLINE citations and covers 20,000 journals, 500 conference proceedings, trade publications, 23 million patents, and more than 430 million scientific web pages.This class will show how to use this resource to find and analyze work by a specific author, in a specific field, or associated with a grant.

Understanding a Systematic Review: What You Need to Know
This class will introduce the concept of the systematic review in research and medicine. The class will define a systematic review, discuss the systematic review process, and cover step-by-step the key concepts of conducting a systematic review.

Web of Science: Mining the Literature
The Web of Science comprises two related electronic resources: Science Citation Index Expanded, which contains citations to articles published in over 5,300 scientific journals and Social Sciences Citation Index, which covers the journal literature of the social sciences indexed from over 1,700 journals. Learn, in this class, how to use the Web of Science to search for articles by subject, author and journal title. You will also learn how to conduct a cited reference search to see who is citing papers in your area of research. In addition you will see some very interesting visualizations of the effects of an article on other science.

Web Search: Thinking Beyond Google
Go beyond the standard Web search tools and learn to search more efficiently; access the invisible web; evaluate websites; use image and non-text search engines; search for scholarly information, news, people, and blogs; and customize your search results.

The NIH Library in Building 10 serves the information needs of NIH staff and selected Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies. The NIH Library is part of the Office of Research Services (ORS) in the Office of the Director (OD).