Library Classes

Consumer Health Websites

It's estimated that there are over 100,000 health websites and that over 80% of adult Internet users have searched for at least one major health topic online. Attendees will learn about the demographics of online health seekers, the impact of the Internet on doctor-patient dynamics, guidelines for evaluating health websites, and the most authoritative consumer health sites available on the web.

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Instructor: Steve Wilson, 216-3206,

Handout: MLA User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web

Current Awareness Tools (Staying up-to-date)

Current Awareness Tools can help you stay up-to-date with the journal literature. Attendees will learn how to create email search alerts, citation alerts, and journal issue alerts through databases and e-journal resources. We'll also take a look at using RSS feeds and podcasts to keep track of new journal content. Come find out about the current awareness options available in Ovid, PubMed, Science Direct, and more.

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Instructor: Roz McConnaughy, 216-3214,

Handout: Current Awareness Tools


Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Resources

This session provides an overview of the evidence-based medicine (EBM) process, including a review of study designs and an introduction to the Cochrane Collaboration. Attendees will search the Cochrane Library, PubMed with an EBM focus, and other resources.

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Instructor: Roz McConnaughy, 216-3214,

Tutorials: Evidence-Based Medicine Resources Tutorial (SOM Library) 


Learn the basics of using Google’s Advanced Search, Google Scholar, and some of Google’s fun features such as Google Maps and Google Earth.

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Instructors: Karen McMullen & Steve Wilson, 216-3207,

Help with Presentations and Posters

For assistance on how to use Canva ( or PowerPoint to create presentations and posters, email Laura Kane with your question.

Instructor: Laura Kane, 216-3205,

Subject Guide: Canva for Academic Presentations and Posters

Handout: Creating Large Format Posters Using PowerPoint

How to use the School of Medicine Library

Learn about the variety of resources and services available to you at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library. In this one hour session we'll show you the most effective ways to find books, journals, and other information for research and provide an orientation to the Library and its services as well as offer a tour of the facility for faculty, staff, and students.

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Instructor: Victor Jenkinson, 216-3211,


This hands-on session will cover the main features of Ovid Medline, such as using limits, exploding/focusing, combining searches, the results manager, the find citation search, and creating a saved search alert.

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Instructor: Laura Kane, 216-3205,

Tutorials: Accessing Full Text in Ovid MEDLINE (SOM Library)
Creating Ovid AutoAlerts (SOM Library)
Ovid MEDLINE Search Features (SOM Library)


This class provides an overview of PubMed, the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE search interface. Learn how to search by medical subject headings, apply limits, email and print your results, and create search alerts through MyNCBI.

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Instructor: Roz McConnaughy, 216-3214,

Tutorials: PubMed: Article Type Filters. (SOM Library)
PubMed: Finding Similar Articles. (SOM Library)
PubMed: Search Details and the Advanced Search Screen. (SOM Library)
The PubMed Cite Button. (SOM Library)
PubMed: Clinical Queries. (SOM Library) Transcript (MS Word)
PubMed Single Citation Matcher. (SOM Library) Transcript (MS Word)
PubMed: Using the MeSH Database. (SOM Library)

Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science)

Learn how to search Science Citation Index Expanded, one of the three indexes available through the Web of Science platform. This database features cited reference searching, which allows you to see who has cited a journal article.

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Instructor: Roz McConnaughy, 216-3204,