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Training when and where you need it!

The Scientific Library provides a variety of FREE hands-on classes. For a sample of recent class sessions, select class title below to see the description. If you prefer a Customized Session, one of our Librarians will meet with you or your group in our Technology Training Lab in Building 549, the ATRF Library (E2003/2nd Floor), or we would be happy to come to your location. At times, expert instructors are invited to National Cancer Institute at Frederick (NCI-F) to teach certain classes, and classes may also be held at other locations.

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15 Science Websites in 30 Minuites - Webinar

This class is a fast-paced learning opportunity for anyone who enjoys browsing the web. The class is designed to quickly introduce students to 15 useful scientific-related websites, spending only a couple of minutes on each site.

ACD ILabs / NMR Predictors

ACD Labs Online NMR Predictors, which are made available to all FNLCR and NCI at Frederick personnel by the Scientific Library, provides the tools to predict spectra for novel compounds, and to search the NMR Predictors databases to find known spectra for compounds based on experimental information you may have gathered from a sample. For questions about this database, please contact Alan Doss in the Library at dossal@mail.nih.gov or by phone at x6249.

Advanced Search Tips

When you are not finding the information you need, these tips may help focus your search to get the right results. Concepts learned in this class may be applied to multiple types of sources.

Assessing Research Impact with Web of Science and Scopus

Web of Science and Scopus show the number of times an article has been cited, but did you know they can also provide an author's h-index and citation numbers? These resources even allow you to compare journal impact metrics. Explore all of these features in this hands-on session.

ClinicalTrials.gov: Searching for Clinical Studies

ClinicalTrials.gov is a Web-based resource that provides easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions. In this class, you will learn tips & tricks to best achieve comprehensive results utilizing advanced features of this very robust interface, and you will also receive an introduction to the process of registering a clinical study for inclusion in this registry.

EndNote Advanced

Upcoming Session: Wednesday, October 9, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Students with knowledge of EndNote can improve their skills by learning to create terms lists, insert images and files, search libraries, find full-text articles, manipulate journal styles, and add new references from PDF files. NOTE: Participants should already have a basic knowledge of EndNote to attend this Advanced class.

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EndNote Essentials

In this class you will learn the basics of EndNote so you can immediately use this popular software. The class covers creating libraries, populating libraries by running online database searches, sorting and manipulating references, and generating bibliographies through Microsoft Word.

Ensembl Genome Browser

Ensembl provides a colorful and attractive interface for discovering interesting features aligned to the Reference Human Genome and to genomes of other important species. Learn how to locate and download information about genes and their associated transcripts, variants, regulatory elements, phenotypes, and more.

Explore the Power of WEB OF SCIENCE

Web of Science is a multi-purpose tool that offers a number of possibilities for searching. It can provide references to journal articles and meetings proceedings, links to many full-text publications, valuable information on who is citing published works, and convenient access to companion products such as ResearcherID, EndNote Web, and Journal Citation Reports. Attend this hands-on class to learn about all facets of Web of Science.

Exploring Genome Browsers

In this class, we will take a brief walk through two of the most widely used genome browsers, the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Genome Browser, and the Ensembl Genome Browser, from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, to learn how to quickly find what is known about specific genomic regions, genes, SNPs, and more.

Exploring the Mouse Genomics Informatics Resource

The Mouse Genome Informatics Resource provides mouse genetic, genomic and biological data relevant to the study of human health and disease. In this class you will learn how to find answers to questions like: Is there a mouse model available for this human disease? What primers will amplify this mouse gene? What Gene Ontology terms do these mouse genes share in common? Do any mice express Cre in this specific tissue? What expression data are available from mice mutated at this locus?

Exploring PubChem

PubChem, a rich source of Bioactivity data for small molecules, gathers its data from many screening projects as well as from more focused projects harvested from the scientific literature, and presents this data freely to the scientific community in standardized formats, making it easy to track down what compounds have been tested in which bioassays with what results. It also summarizes laboratory safety data, physical property data, patents, and other useful information about a compound all on a single report page for that compound. In this class, we will learn how to navigate PubChem to 1) find compounds using simple and advanced text based search techniques; 2) find compounds using structure and substructure based search; 3) find compounds similar to a known bioactive compound; 4) find biological screens and screening results of interest; 5) Use PubChem tools tool to help make sense of all the data

Exploring ToxNet

In this class, we will take a closer look at the suite of toxicology knowledge bases from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) that provide information on the toxicological effects of drugs and other chemicals. These include chemicals that interact with genes, carcinogenic compounds, toxic compounds found in the home and in the workplace, drugs that cause adverse effects in nursing infacts, toxic compounds known to be released into the environment, and alternatives to animal testing.

Keeping Current with Literature

This class is designed to teach students how to retrieve the most recent citations from a variety of databases, allowing them to stay up-to-date on new research in any subject area. This class focuses on PubMed and Web of Science, but also mentions several other databases. NOTE: This class does NOT cover basic searching instructions. Participants should be knowledgeable in database searching.


The Scientific Library is happy to host MetaDrug trainer Kinsi Oberoi of Thomson Reuters for a hands-on session. MetaDrug is a manually curated knowledge database and software suite that can help you predict possible Indications, Modes of Action, ADME, Phase I and Phase II metabolites, and Toxicities of novel compounds. It also allows you to view the predicted activities on pathway maps that can be validated by uploading experimental data for the compounds, once available. In this workshop, you will learn to search by disease, pathway, compound and more, and to make predictions for the activities of novel compounds.

More To Google Than a Quick Search

Explore Google services beyond the basics. Learn to construct more complicated and advanced searches in Google, to use Google as a reference tool (ex. Calculator), and learn more about Google Scholar, Google Book Search, Google Reader, and more.

NCBI: Introduction to Genome Data Viewer

Participants will learn how to use NCBI’s new Genome Data Viewer to search for and access sequence and annotation data from more than 500 Eukaryotic genomic assemblies at NCBI, as well as Hub data from UCSC, to quickly find variation, expression, and phenotype information, and to compare their own data for rapid discovery.

NCBI: A Practical Guide to BLAST

This workshop highlights important features and demonstrates the practical aspects of using the sequence similarity service, NCBI BLAST. Learn about useful features of the service including the new genome BLAST; Align-2-Sequences; organism limits and other filters; as well as formatting options and downloading options.

NCBI: Resources for Human Genomics Research

Participants will learn how to navigate NCBI to find and download genomic sequences and annotations, view variants associated with a particular gene or condition, and access gene expression data.

NCIF Scientific Publications Database: Introduction – Webinar

Since 1997 the Scientific Library has maintained a database of scientific publications authored by employees of NCI at Frederick. This half-hour session provides a quick introduction to this helpful resource.

OneSearch - Webinar

Find out how OneSearch can help you discover relevant information on any topic from across the Scientific Library’s resources. It searches not only databases such as PubMed and Web of Science, but also the full text of many of the thousands of online journals and books provided by the Library. This class also shows how OneSearch can locate materials beyond the Library’s collection.


Upcoming Sessions:

  • Thursday, October 10, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 14, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 12, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

New employees are encouraged to attend our monthly Library Orientation to learn about the Scientific Library and all the services it offers. Attendees will see a demonstration of OneSearch, Online Journals & eBooks, Library's Online Catalog, practice navigating the Library's Web page, learn about Library services, and tour the Library. Attendees should bring PIV Cards or NCI-F identification cards to obtain a Library account enabling them to use their PIV Card Number or Library barcode to check out Library materials, make online requests, and access the Library's web page from off-site locations. Registration not required.

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Patent Search for the Biomedical Sciences

In this class you will learn the strategies needed for searching the patent literature related to the biomedical sciences and get hands-on experience using online resources available for patent search.

Pharmaprojects: An Introduction

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Thursday, November 20, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The industry’s most trusted drug development database, Citeline’s Pharmaprojects has been covering pharma R&D across global markets for 35+ years. With 68,000+ drug profiles including 15,000 drugs in active development, it’s the go-to resource for preclinical, clinical, and pipeline coverage, and lifecycle management tracking.

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PubMed: Improve Your Skills

You probably use PubMed daily, but do you use it completely? Do you know what MeSH is? Can you set up Alerts to receive current information? Do you use "My NCBI?" Are you able to move references from PubMed into EndNote? Are you having trouble locating full-text journal articles? If you take time now to attend this hands-on training, then your future PubMed searching sessions will be faster and more productive, and will yield more relevant results.

Quick Review of NCBI Resources

In this class, you will learn about the massive amounts of information that flows into the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), how it is organized into related databases, and most importantly, how researchers can navigate this system of databases to quickly access the information most relevant to their needs.

Quick Tour of Chemistry Resources

This training session is designed to give you a brief overview of several chemistry resources available to FNLCR and NCI at Frederick researchers. Among the resources covered in this class are: PubChem - providing information on the biological activities of small molecules, Reaxys - providing workflow tools designed to support planning optimization in chemistry and related disciplines, and the Enhanced NCI Database Browser - providing access to information about the activities of compounds tested against the NCI 60 panel of cell lines.


Learn about this unique, web-based chemistry database from Elsevier Science, consisting of deeply excerpted compounds and related factual properties, reaction and synthesis information as well as bibliographic data, navigated and displayed in a user-friendly interface.

Resource of the Month - Webinars

Monthly 30-minute webinars feature a closer look at Resource of the Month topics.

OCTOBER – Library Professional Development Resources & Services

Upcoming Sessions: Friday, October 18, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Scientific Library offers a number of professional development resources and services, ranging from print and electronic books to customized trainings. Learn how to search the Library’s Professional Development collection of print and e-books, listen to the Great Courses lectures and audiobooks on RBdigital, find video training courses through JoVE Science Education, request free customized trainings to improve your research, and more.

NOVEMBER – Dictionary of Natural Products

Upcoming Sessions: Thursday, November 21, 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Dictionary of Natural Products contains exhaustive natural products information abstracted from the scientific literature. Search this database by structure, chemical name, or other identifier to learn more about a specific natural product, or search by type of compound, biological use, development status, or other concept to explore a relevant list of natural products and access useful information for each, such as physical and chemical properties, biological source, synthesis, derivatives, toxicity and more.

DECEMBER – OneSearch

Upcoming Sessions: Tuesday, December 17, 11:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

OneSearch can help you discover relevant information on any topic searching across many of the Scientific Library’s resources including thousands of online journals and books, PubMed, Web of Science, and more. Direct full text links are included, as well as citation numbers and altimetric information.

Scopus - Webinar

If you want to get a complete analysis of your publications' research impact, Scopus will be a helpful addition to your research. Scopus is another source (in addition to Web of Science) that not only allows you to search the scientific literature, but also helps you to see and track who is citing publications of interest to you. This class will introduce you to the citation analysis tools within Scopus, as well as its search options.

Showing Your Impact Using Metrics and Altmetrics

Go beyond the journal impact factor and find out how altmetrics and article-level metrics can show the level of attention an individual article or other research output receives from social media sites, news outlets, and other sources.

Text Mining for Biomedical Science

Text mining involves the use of computers to aid in extracting usable information quickly from large numbers of documents. In this class you will learn basic text mining concepts and get hands-on experience using free tools available for text mining in the biomedical sciences.

Tracking Publications

When you must do an annual report of your publications, the task of tracking your citations -- from the time of publication, and then as required for government-funded research, depositing the article in PubMed Central, to an inclusive final report -- can be daunting. In this class, instructors will guide you through the process, touching on EndNote, PubMed Central and the NIH Manuscript Submission System, and various "Alerts" options.

University of California Santa Cruz Genome Browser

Learn about one of the most widely used genome browsers, the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Genome Browser to learn how to find what is known about specific genomic regions, genes, SNPs, and more.

Upcoming Changes to PubMed - Webinar

Upcoming Session: Friday, December 13, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Learn about the new version of PubMed that will become available early in 2020, including an overview of the new PubMed search and document view interfaces, options for saving and sharing PubMed results, a look at the updated mobile version of PubMed, and an overview of changes for how to find full text articles through PubMed.

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Your Virtual Scientific Library - Webinar

The Scientific Library offers thousands of electronic journals and books in addition to the other databases and resources it provides for you electronically. This one-hour session, offered via WebEx, introduces you to all the Library has in its virtual collection, as well as the Library services that are just a click away.

Zotero: Citation Management Tool

Zotero allows you, at no charge, to obtain citations and pull in related PDF documents, video files, snapshots of webpages, and more, with one click from almost any reference source. Organize your research quickly and easily and cite papers in the publisher-defined format.