Advanced PubMed workshop

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Want to make your searches for biomedical information more effective and efficient? The Library’s Life and Health Sciences Division is holding a hands-on workshop on advanced features of PubMed, including:

  • How to use filters to focus search results on specific article types, publication dates and more
  • How to add field tags to find articles by author, title, journal, and other criteria
  • How Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) can help you find additional relevant information
  • How to use My NCBI to save searches, set up alerts, and display results in your preferred format
  • How PubMed links to information in other NCBI resources

Location: Bioscience Library Training Room, 2101 VLSB
Date: Wednesday April 12
Time: 12 – 1 pm

No pre-registration is required; all are welcome.

Questions? Please contact Elliott Smith at

Workshop: Citation Management: New RefWorks

The Library is offering a workshop on the citation management tool RefWorks:

Friday, March 17, 2017 add to bCal


Bioscience Library Training Room

Valley Life Sciences Building

RefWorks is a citation manager that allows you to organize citations, import them from databases, store pdfs, and insert references and bibliographies into documents (MS Word and Google Docs).

New RefWorks has a new look and feel from its previous iteration. This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of navigating the new interface, organizing your citation library, creating new citations, importing citations from various databases, inserting references and creating bibliographies in Google Docs and Microsoft Word.

Please create a RefWorks account prior to class. If you already have a RefWorks account in the legacy RefWorks, you be shown how to migrate it to the New RefWorks platform.

The Bioscience Library Training Room is equipped with PCs, but you are welcome to bring your laptop. Please, no food or drink in the Training Room.

Workshop: Learn Zotero

Zotero is a free, easy to use tool for collecting and organizing citations and formatting bibliographies. I will be offering drop-in workshops on the basics of Zotero in 405 Moffitt:

Friday, February 17  12:00 – 1:00

Tuesday, February 21 4:00 – 5:00

Wednesday, February 22 4:00 – 5:00

No registration is required. If you want to use your own laptop for this workshop, please refer to the Zotero installation instructions at


Zotero workshops this week

This Wednesday, September 21, I will be conducting a three-hour workshop on Zotero in the D-Lab (356 Barrows). This workshop is divided into three parts: 1) installing and setting up Zotero and a few other features; 2) learning the basics of Zotero; and 3) exploiting additional features of Zotero. When you register you will be registering for the entire workshop, but you can show up for only the parts that are of interest to you. You can register for the workshop here. This workshop is open to everyone. A laptop is required.

If you want a briefer and less in-depth introduction to Zotero, my colleague David Eifler will be offering two Zotero workshops that same day, from 10-11 and 11-12 in 305 Wurster Hall. Registration is not required.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Event: HathiTrust Research Center Text Analysis Tools workshop

Please join us for a workshop on text analysis with HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) tools, hosted by the Library and Digital Humanities. This workshop is designed for library and information science professionals, but all are welcome. 
Workshop: HathiTrust Research Center Text Analysis Tools
Date & time: August 15th from 2:30 – 4:30
Location: Berkeley Institute for Data Science (190 Doe Library) UC Berkeley
This workshop will introduce attendees to text analysis, primarily as it is employed in the digital humanities, as well as common methods and tools used in this area of scholarship. The session will provide an overview of the field, with particular attention to the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) and its tools and services. The HTRC is developing capacity for researchers to build sub-corpora of text from the HathiTrust Digital Library and perform non-consumptive analysis on them. Workshop attendees will develop skills that will allow them to actively support and partner in text analysis research.
I hope to see you there,

Jamie V. Wittenberg

Research Data Management Service Design Analyst
Research IT  |  Library
University of California, Berkeley

R Bootcamp at the D-Lab

R Bootcamp at the D-Lab

The Statistics Department and the D-Lab are co-hosting an intensive two-day introduction to R using RStudio on August 20 and 21.

What: R Bootcamp
Date: Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21, 8am – 5pm
Location: TBD
Registration: To attend you must register. Please consult the D-Lab event page for more information.

Topics will include:

  • R basics – reading and manipulating data, working with R data objects, doing calculations, making plots
  • programming in R
  • doing statistical work in R
  • a brief intro to more advanced topics: efficiency, object-oriented programming, parallel processing in R

No prior experience with R is expected, but some familiarity with programming concepts such as loops, if-then-else statements, functions will be helpful.

Advanced Oral History Summer Institute: August 15-19, 2016

Aerial view of UC Berkeley campus

Apply now for a weeklong, advanced institute on the methodology, theory, and practice of oral history to be held August 15 through 19th at UC Berkeley’s newly-opened MLK Jr Student Center.

The institute is designed for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, university faculty, independent scholars, and museum and community-based historians who are engaged in oral history work.

The  goal is to strengthen the ability of participants to conduct research-focused interviews and to consider special characteristics of interviews as historical evidence in a rigorous academic environment and is organized around the “life cycle” of the interview.

We will devote particular attention to how oral history interviews can broaden and deepen historical interpretation situated within contemporary discussions of history, subjectivity, memory, and memoir.

For details, see the Oral History Center website.

Shanna Farrell, Academic Specialist/Interviewer, The Bancroft Library, Oral History Center

Workshop: Out of the Archives, Into Your Laptop

Event date: Friday, February 12, 2016
Event time: 2:00PM – 3:30PM
Event location: Doe 308A
Before you head out to do research in the archives this semester, please join us for a workshop on best practices for gathering and digitizing research materials. This workshop will focus on capturing visual and manuscript materials, but will be useful for any researcher collecting research materials from archives. Topics covered will include smart capture workflows, preserving and moving metadata, copyright, and platforms for managing and organizing your research data.


  • Mary Elings, Head of Digital Collections, Bancroft Library
  • Lynn Cunningham, Principal Digital Curator, Art History Visual Resources Center
  • Jason Hosford, Senior Digital Curator, Art History Visual Resources Center
  • Jamie Wittenberg, Research Data Management Service Design Analyst, Research IT
  • Camille Villa, Digital Humanities Assistant, Research IT

Visual Notetaking Workshop with Abby VanMuijen

Woman drawing on large sheet of paper

Learn the valuable skill of visual note taking. There are no prerequisites, and you don’t need to know how to draw.

Improve your understanding while taking notes and increase the amount of material that you remember with this method.

Abby Van Muijen will lead the workshop.  She is a recent College of Environmental Design graduate who splits her time teaching classes and workshops on visual note taking and freelancing as a graphic recorder and creating illustrated videos.

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Location: 305 Wurster Hall, Library Training Room

Post contributed by: David Eifler, Environmental Design Librarian, Environmental Design Library

Workshop: 3D Modeling with Photoscan

This workshop will provide a demonstration of Agisoft Photoscan, a software package that turns 2D images into 3D models using photogrammetric processing. This approach to 3D modeling has applications in archaeology, art history, new media, and other disciplines that work with physical objects and their digital representations.

The workshop will be led by Isabella Warren, an M.Arch student at the College of Environmental Design who was a Digital Humanities Intern at the Art History Visual Resources Center during summer 2015.

This workshop is sponsored by Digital Humanities at Berkeley and hosted by the Art History VRC. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Friday, 10/23, 1:30-2:30 PM
308A Doe
Please RSVP