How to use this guide
Each month, there will be a new topic presented. The date, time, and Zoom link are displayed. After the session, a recording of the presentation and any accompanying materials will be posted. The recordings are "organic" as they are less structured and were recorded during 2020 and often reflect what's happening in my home (i.e., dog barking, cat jumping onto the laptop). Apologies in advance.
Searching for literature in health databases
There are high expectations for your ability to locate research-based public health evidence for assignments and research papers in graduate school. This workshop will teach you how to search Ovid MEDLINE, a sophisticated and powerful health database. Techniques to maximize efficiency, such as using the PICO framework and scanning abstracts, will also be shared.
Audience: First year graduate students and anyone who has not been formally trained in searching health/medical databases.
Date: September 25, 2020, 12:00-1:00pm
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Using a citation manager: Zotero
A citation manager is critical to staying organized as a graduate student, and it will save you hours - even weeks - of time spent hand typing citations. This workshop will teach you how to use Zotero, a free, cloud-based citation manager.
Audience: First year graduate students and anyone who has never used a citation manager.
Date: October 30, 2020, 12:00-1:00pm
Join via Zoom: Using a citation manager: Zotero
Recording: Recording of the Zoom presentation "Using a citation manager: Zotero" (Note: this recording is cut short due to student confidentiality. Be sure to access the slides to see resources for troubleshooting issues with Zotero.)
Searching for literature in non-health databases
Public health is inherently interdisciplinary. Sometimes your research question can be best answered with literature published in journals outside the health field. For this, you need to turn to unfamiliar databases. This workshop will teach you how to locate an appropriate database, best practices for searching non-health databases, and how to use an interdisciplinary database.
Audience: Graduate students whose academic interests are inter-disciplinary in nature (e.g., policy, agriculture, etc.).
Date: November 25, 2020, 12:00-1:00pm
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Advanced searching in Ovid MEDLINE
Now that you’ve practiced searching for literature in Ovid MEDLINE, you’re ready to learn advanced searching techniques such as wild cards, adjacency searching, and MeSH hierarchy. This new depth of skill will allow you to quickly and effectively reach literature needed to support your work.
Audience: Graduate students who have already attended the Searching for Literature in Health Databases presentation.
Date: December 23, 2020, 12:00-1:00pm
Join via Zoom: Advanced searching in Ovid MEDLINE
Searching for evidence not found in literature databases (i.e., Googling it)
Sometimes the Internet is the best source of information, especially when looking for statistics, data, and program evaluations. This workshop will lead you to curated lists of trustworthy websites, teach you how to systematically search for information on the Internet, and how to evaluate the information you find.
Audience: Graduate students who want to learn more about using information from the Internet as academic sources (good for citing data, statistics, programmatic summaries, evaluations).
Date: January 29, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm
Research data management
Think of data as any information you collect in your research efforts - this could be PDFs, spreadsheets, project documentation, interviews, etc. This workshop will teach you data management strategies including file inventory, file naming, folder organization, storage & back up, documentation, project close-out and long-term preservation.
Audience: All graduate students, especially if you plan for a career in research.
Date: February 26, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm
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Finding research-based evidence after you graduate and enter the “real world”
You’ll quickly learn in your careers that you don’t have access to the vast number of databases that you do when you’re affiliated with the University of Minnesota, but you do not have to rely on Google alone. This workshop will point you to free databases that lead to evidence-based literature and other types of open-source materials.
Audience: All graduate students, especially if you plan for a career outside academia.
Date: March 26, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm
Conducting scoping and systematic reviews
You may be conducting a scoping or systematic review as part of a research assistant position or for your dissertation. This session will also be helpful to all students who plan to write a comprehensive literature review as their master’s project. This workshop will teach you the expected methodology, point you toward guides and checklists, and help you think through how to treat a literature review as a research study.
Audience: Second year graduate students who are conducting a literature review as a master's/capstone project and students working with faculty on literature searching projects.
Date: April 30, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm
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Research poster design
Poster design is challenging, and even intimidating for some. This workshop will impart design best practices, cover how to simplify your message, create a “center-design” research poster, and share useful templates.
Audience: Second year graduate students and anyone presenting a poster at a conference.
Date: May 28, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm
Join via Zoom: Research poster design