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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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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.

EndNote Essentials

Upcoming Session: Thursday, February 22, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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. EndNote Online is also discussed.

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EndNote Quick Takes - Webinar

Upcoming Sessions: Thursday, March 22, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 5, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 24, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

These sessions are different in both format and content. They will be online only via WebEx, available from your laptops and office desktops, will last 30 minutes or less, and will be held at lunchtime. The sessions will cover specific areas of EndNote, such as populating a library, full text options, tips and tricks, etc.

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Ensembl Genome Browser

Upcoming Session: Thursday, February 22, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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.

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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 Matthew Wampole 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 addition, it allows you to create your own custom QSAR models, and can help you find new uses for existing drugs.

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: Accessing NCBI Human Variation and Medical Genetic Resources

Learn to use and access resources associated with human sequence variations and phenotypes associated with specific human genes and phenotypes. The workshop will emphasize the Gene, MedGen and ClinVar resources for searching by gene, phenotype and variant respectively. Learn how to map variation from dbSNP and dbVAR onto genes, transcripts, proteins, and genomic regions and how to find genetic tests in GTR. You will also gain experience using additional tools and viewers including PheGenI, a browser for genotype associations.

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; formatting options and downloading options; and TreeView displays.

NCBI: Exploring Gene Expression Information at NCBI

You will find, display and analyze microarray and sequence-based expression data that are stored in the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO), Sequence Read Archive (SRA), UniGene, and Epigenomics databases. Learn how to use these tools to investigate the potential for expression of transcript splice variants and examine the levels of expression under varied experimental conditions as well as in different tissues and disease states.

NCBI: Navigating NCBI Resources

This workshop provides an introduction to the NCBI molecular databases and how to access the data using the Entrez text-based search system and BLAST sequence similarity search tool. You will learn the varied types of available molecular data, and how to find and display sequence, variation, genome information using organism sources (Taxonomy). You will also learn about data sources (Bioproject) with an emphasis on using the gene as an organizing concept for navigating the various integrated databases, including Gene, Nucleotide, Protein, dbSNP and others.

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

Upcoming Session: Thursday, April 26, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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.

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Upcoming Sessions:
Thursday, February 8, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 8, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 12, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 10, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 14, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 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.

PubMed: Improve Your Skills

Upcoming Session: Thursday, May 17, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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.

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PubMed Quick Take - Webinar

A new kind of PubMed training is now available. These sessions are different in both format and content. They will be online only via WebEx, available from your laptops and office desktops, will last 30 minutes or less, and will be held at lunchtime. The sessions will cover specific areas of PubMed, such as author searching, creating alerts, using My NCBI, etc.

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.


QUOSA automates scientific literature workflows, allowing users to find, view and share full-text scientific articles. It allows you to implement literature alerts from multiple databases from within a single interface, automatically pulls in the pdf documents for the citations retrieved, and allows you to organize these documents and search within them for quick retrieval of pertinent information.


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.

JANUARY - Antibase

Upcoming Session: Thursday, January 25, 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Natural Compound Identifier, Antibase is a comprehensive compilation of natural products featuring properties of more than 44,000 compounds from micro-organisms and higher fungi.

FEBRUARY - Henry Stewart Talks

Upcoming Session: Tuesday, February 27, 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Over 2,000 seminar style talks from leading scientists organized into comprehensive series.

MARCH - RAS Reference Library

Upcoming Session: Thursday, March 15, 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

NCI established the RAS initiative to explore innovative approaches for attacking the proteins encoded by mutant forms of RAS genes and to ultimately create effective, new therapies for RAS-related cancers.

APRIL - Pharmaprojects

Upcoming Session: Thursday, April 19, 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Pharmaprojects service is a Web-enabled database of drugs developed for any disease anywhere in the world since 1980 including those in development today.

MAY - Online books

Upcoming Session: Tuesday, May 22, 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

The Library’s Online Books list offers access to thousands of subscription-based full-text books and free titles.

JUNE – Web of Science Family of Databases

Upcoming Session: Thursday, June 14, 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The Pharmaprojects service is a Web-enabled database of drugs developed for any disease anywhere in the world since 1980 including those in development today.

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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.

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.

Your Virtual Scientific Library - Webinar

Upcoming Sessions:
Wednesday, March 28, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 30, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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.

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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.