Instructional Services

The Access & Instructional Services Librarian is available for individual and group instructional sessions throughout the school year and schedules regular sessions on a variety of software products, databases, and search engines during the Fall and Spring semesters. Details on the topics covered and schedule are made available on this webpage and via email announcments.

To request an instructional session please call 317-274-7204 or email:


Handouts that accompany the instructional sessions

EndNote X6 - A citation management program that makes creating bibliographies and citing sources in a paper simple and easy. In this session you will:

  1. Create an EndNote library
  2. Run a search in PubMed
  3. Save selected citations and import into the EndNote library
  4. Create a custom group and move citations into this group
  5. Review the updated EndNote interface and new features
  6. Link pdf documents to your EndNote citations

Google Scholar - Basic tips for searching the Google Scholar database. In this session you will learn how to:

  1. Run a simple search
  2. Understand the search results
  3. Use the links for the results
  4. Run an advanced search

IUCat - The Library's online catalog for books, journals, and all media. In this session you will learn how to:

  1. Login to IUCat – and why you should
  2. Search for book by title or author
  3. Locate a book in the IUSD library
  4. Search for journal by title
  5. Locate a journal in the IUSD library
  6. Request a book from another IU library
  7. Manage your library account online

LexiComp Online for Dentistry - Drug information for dentistry. Includes detailed color photographs, drawings, and radiographs. In this session you will:

  1. Take an overview of the database features and modules
  2. Search for a specific drug
  3. Search for interactions
  4. Search for a condition (e.g., red lesion)

MyNCBI - A tool for researchers that allows them to save searches constructed in PubMed. In addition, NIH program directors and principal investigators MUST USE the My Bibliography tool to manage their professional bibliographies. In this session you will learn how to:

  1. Set up an account in My NCBI
  2. Run a search in PubMed
  3. Save the search in My NCBI
  4. Set up the search to run as a current awareness alert
  5. Create a personal bibliography – a requirement for NIH grantees

Ovid My Workspace - Your personal account to save searches and set up alerts using the Ovid Medline database. In this session you will learn how to:

  1. Create an account in Ovid
  2. Run a search
  3. Save search as an alert
  4. Save citations to a project
  5. Sign up for electronic table of contents delivery

PubMed - Introduction to searching PubMed, the premier citation database from the National Library of Medicine which contains over  21 million citations for biomedical literature, life science journals, and online books. In this session you will learn how to:

  1. Use PubMed with LinkOut
  2. Search using keywords
  3. Search using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
  4. Search with Limits
  5. Combine searches

Web of Science - Citation databases including Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts Humanities Citation Index. In this session you will learn how to:

  1. Search the Science Citation Index
  2. Analyze the results by Author, Country, Institution
  3. Create a citation report on journal articles
  4. Find the Impact Factor for journals

Instructional Videos

Remove the EndNote Field tags from a Word document - this is sometimes necessary before sending a manuscript to a publisher 

IUSD Electronic Theses and Dissertations - demonstrates how to find IUSD graduate student's Theses and Dissertations in IUPUI Scholarworks 

Outlook _RSS feeds - demonstrates changing the destination folder for RSS feeds to your inbox in Outlook mail