Library Research Training for Clinical Researchers

Library Research Training for Clinical Researchers is offered in collaboration with the UTHSC Library.  This series is designed for students, residents, fellows, staff, and faculty or anyone who would like to learn more about how the library can support clinical researchers.

 

Library Overview

This session provides a general introduction to the library resources and services supporting clinical researchers.

Learning Objectives

  • Navigate the library homepage and get familiar with the library system
  • Identify key databases, journals, and library services
  • Learn how to request articles/books via free Interlibrary Loan Service
  • Learn about who to contact when in need

Speaker: Kay Strahan, MSLIS, Assistant Professor and Research & Learning Services Librarian

Library Training, Session 1

Writing Research Abstracts

Structured abstracts have become the predominant mode of abstract found in the major clinical journals. This session will discuss how to write a structured abstract for a presentation (e.g., a poster or a conference paper) or for a manuscript.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand key components of a structured abstract (e.g., objectives, methods, result, and conclusions) and its variations
  • Organize research in a structured abstract that conveys all key pieces of the research

Speaker: Hilary Jasmin, MSIS, Assistant Professor and Research & Learning Services Librarian

Library Training, Session 2

Getting Articles for Your Research

This session presents quick ways to access full text articles on and off campus locations.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about tools (e.g., BrowZine, LibKey, and Discovery Search) to facilitate quick access to full text articles
  • Determine which tool to use based on information needs
  • Discuss tips to access full text articles from the library’s licensed resources

Speaker: Kay Strahan, MSLIS, Assistant Professor and Research & Learning Services Librarian

Library Training, Session 3

Staying Current with New Research/Information Alerts

This session introduces a journal reading tool, BrowZine ToCs, and email alerts to keep up to date with new research. With BrowZine ToCs, you can browse your favorite journals’ new table of contents and save articles to refer to later. Getting email alerts on your research topic can be set up with the major biomedical databases.

Learning Objectives

  • Create a BrowZine bookshelf to follow favorite journals and get notified whenever a new issue is available
  • Save and download journal articles using BrowZine web browser and mobile app
  • Set up an email alert on a research topic using biomedical databases such as PubMed, Scopus, or Embase.

Speaker: Lin Wu, MLIS, AHIP, Associate Professor and Assistant Director for Research & Learning Services

Library Training, Session 4

Enhancing Your Searching Skills

This session is designed to provide an overview of advanced search features in commonly used databases, including search strategies and developing efficient searches.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify search terms for a research topic
  • Develop an effective search string based on a broader research topic or idea
  • Explore advanced search features of commonly used databases (e.g., PubMed, Embase, Cochrane, & Scopus)

Speaker: Tamara Nelson, MLIS, EdS, AHIP, Associate Professor and Senior Research & Learning Services Librarian

Library Training, Session 5

Managing Your Research Flow with EndNote

This session introduces participants to EndNote citation management basics and how EndNote can help in the research process. EndNote features include creating a new library, different ways of adding references to the library, creating folders to organize references, getting PDFs for your references, citing while writing, and sharing your library.

Learning Objectives

  • Define EndNote and understand how it fits into your research
  • Differentiate options between desktop, web, and mobile versions of EndNote
  • Find where to download EndNote for desktop from UT’s software options
  • Add citations from databases, create references, and organize your EndNote Library
  • Utilize Cite While You Write (CWYW) in a Word or Pages document

Speaker: Hilary Jasmin, MSIS, Assistant Professor and Research & Learning Services Librarian

Library Training, Session 6

Identifying Publishing Opportunities

This session is designed to introduce clinical researchers to tools and strategies for identifying new publishing opportunities. The session will explore a variety of tools, such as journal indexes, directories, and suggesters which can be used for locating new journal titles within their desired field. Additionally, the session will review the journal qualities a researcher should examine to assure the identified journal meets their publishing needs, as well as ways to avoid predation from “predatory titles”.

Learning Objectives

  • Recall tools that can be used to identify journal titles in their field
  • Recognize varying characteristics of journals titles to include publication medium or platform, publication frequency, journal impact metrics, indexing, peer-review process, and author’s rights
  • Identify journal titles that meet specific research needs
  • Acknowledge library services that support clinical researchers throughout the journal identification process

Speaker: Leah Cordova, MLIS, Assistant Professor and Research & Learning Services Librarian

Library Training, Session 7

An Overview of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) Resources

This session introduces library databases and journals relevant to EBM. The quality and level of evidence in research may depend on study design. Clinical practice guidelines, systematic reviews, and meta-analysis are considered the gold standards in finding the best evidence, while understanding the essential structures of EBM are essential to deciphering the reliability of research.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and access library resources relevant to EBM
  • Apply database search limiters to find the best evidence
  • Use library EBM resources to filter for preferred study designs

Speaker: Leah Cordova, MLIS, Assistant Professor and Research & Learning Services Librarian

Library Training, Session 8

Library Support Services for Systematic Reviews

This session introduces participants to systematic review processes, guidelines, and requirements, and explores the various tools and services that can assist with evidence synthesis research.

Learning objectives

  • Define the purpose and outcomes of systematic review projects
  • Understand the role of systematic reviews in the context of other forms of evidence-based research synthesis.
  • Examine systematic review requirements and practices as determined by national and international guidelines
  • Identify library resources and services that support systematic reviews

Speaker: Jenessa McElfresh, MLIS, AHIP, Systematic Review Service Coordinator and Senior Research & Learning Services Librarian

Library Training, Session 9

Data Visualizations

This session explores best practices, common issues, and tools to help researchers create effective data visualizations. The session includes real world examples to demonstrate key concepts in visualizing research data.

Learning objectives

  • Recognize common data visualizations, their best uses, and their limitations
  • Become familiar with software and tools for data visualization available to researchers
  • Understand the importance of effective visualizations for communicating research results and supporting reproducibility

Speaker: Jess Newman, MSIS, Research Data & Scholarly Communication Lead

Library Training, Session 10

Understanding Research Impact

This session introduces the concept of research impact on different levels (e.g., author, journal, title) and available tools to measure research impact.

Learning objectives

  • Identify examples, purposes, and limitations of both common and alternative metrics, and sources for those metrics
  • Understand journal vs article vs author level metrics
  • Choose and compile the correct metrics
  • Track and enhance researchers’ visibility with online profiles and scholarly IDs

Speaker: Jess Newman, MSIS, Research Data & Scholarly Communication Lead

Library Training, Session 11