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Educational Services

Educational Services

In class instruction

Librarians partner with many faculty members as guest lecturers in their courses.

Subjects that librarians currently teach in-class include:

  • Copyright – What is copyright, Fair Use, consequences of violating copyright.
  • EndNote – How to download, create libraries, use Cite While You Write.
  • Evidence-Based Practice – What is Evidence-Based Practice, steps of EBP, background/foreground questions, PICO, levels of evidence.
  • Health Literacy – What is health literacy, how to communicate with your patients, teach back method.
  • Library Resources & Searching (College Specific) – How to use various library resources (AccessMedicine, Embase, Lexi-Comp, Micromedex, Natural Standard, Nursing@Ovid, PubMed, Reference Sight, etc.; print books).
  • Mobile Apps – What are mobile apps, app recommendations, library provided apps.
  • Plagiarism – What is plagiarism, examples, how to avoid it.
  • Research Design – Design methodologies.
  • Research Process – How to research, staying organized, resources to use, Rule of 20.
  • Staying Current with the Literature – Search alerts, RSS feeds, Table of Contents and journal updates.
  • Website Evaluation – How to identify credible websites.

If you would like to contact a librarian to discuss integration into your classroom, please email the Reference & Outreach Department to set up a consultation.

CAPE workshops

The library has partnered with CAPE to offer workshops for faculty development.

    Subjects that librarians currently teach through CAPE:
  • Bilbiometrics- Measurements of author and journal impact.
  • Creative Commons and Public Domain – Finding images that are less copyright restrictive.
  • EndNote – How to download, create libraries, use Cite While You Write, modify citations.
  • EndNote Alternatives – Other software that you can use for citation management.
  • Library Resources and Searching (PubMed, Embase, etc).
  • Mobile Apps – What are mobile apps, app recommendations, library provided apps.
  • Open Access – What is is and what it means to you as an author.
  • Staying Current with the Literature/Citation alerts – Search alerts, RSS feeds, Table of Contents and journal updates, MyNCBI.
  • Systematic Reviews – What are they and how to conduct them.
  • Using images in presentations – Which resources to use to find images, license agreements, citing, compressing files.

Library workshops

Librarians teach and host a variety of workshops. Workshops may be offered online or in person.

General topics include, but are not limited to:

  • DDx Resources – Featuring Diagnosaurus in AccessMedicine, Visual Dx, and DiagnosisPro
  • Drug Information Resources – Featuring Lexi-Comp, Micromedex, and Natural Standard
  • Effective studying (partnering with the LEAD office) – Strategies based on learning theory to help you study, relax, and control stress while at WesternU
  • Evidence Based Medicine Resources – Featuring DynaMed, Cochrane, Dare, National Guideline Clearinghouse, and PubMed
  • How do I find…? – An overview of the library’s website, how to get to the most used pages and features
  • Mobile Apps – What are mobile apps, app recommendations, library provided apps
  • Research Process – How to research, staying organized, resources to use, Rule of 20
  • Using images in presentations – Which resources to use to find images, license agreements, citing, compressing files

Specific library resources include, but are not limited to:

  • CINAHL
  • Embase
  • EndNote
  • Nursing@Ovid
  • PubMed
  • PubMed for Vet Med
  • PubMed featuring MyNCBI
  • VeMed Resource

Please see the library-workshops for upcoming workshops.
Please see the list of tutorials for self-paced learning.