Previous Courses


Training courses held previously.


Spring 2017: Searching & Managing Scientific Information


Lib4RI’s biannual introductory course for PhD students and other affiliates of Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL.

Course Description

Module 1 – Searching Scientific Information
• How to use Lib4RI’s website and its «Searchbox» for quick information retrieval
• How to effectively access Lib4RI’s electronic resources including link resolver services
• Formulating systematic search queries including Boolean operators, wildcards and truncations
• Examples/exercises using the NEBIS library catalogue, Scopus and Web of Science
Trainers: Stephanie Hofmann & Bobby Neuhold

Module 2 – Scientific Publishing: From Writing to Sharing
• Steps prior to writing a paper
• How to effectively write a scientific paper
• Tips on the publication process
• Post publication: do’s and don’ts
• Information market and research evaluation
Trainers: Laura Konstantaki & Rainer Rees-Mertins

Module 3 – Open Access & Copyright
• Open Access: different models and new trends
• Research funders’ policies concerning OA
• How to self-archive your work in an OA repository
• Principles of copyright and their applications in science
• Copyright transfer agreements and author rights
• Creative Commons (CC) licences and how to use them
Trainers: Jochen Bihn & Lothar Nunnenmacher

Module 4 – Literature Management with EndNote
• Introduction to literature management
• How to import and organise literature information including fulltext PDFs
• Citing references and creating bibliographies in your scientific document using EndNote's Cite-While-You-Write (MS Word plugin)
• How to modify/create output styles using EndNote's style editor
Trainers: Stephanie Hofmann & Bobby Neuhold

Module 5 – Complementary Exercises to Modules 1 & 4
• Follow the workflow «from topic search to the citation» in a little project
• Possibility to work on your own topic
• Opportunity to ask uncovered questions
• Prior attendance of modules 1 & 4 is mandatory
Trainers: Stephanie Hofmann & Bobby Neuhold

Module 6 – LaTeX for Scientific Writing
• Short summary of LaTeX basics
• Tables, figures and formulae
• The LaTeX error log and common errors to avoid
• BibTeX, citation styles and tips on JabRef and Zotero
• Preparartion of LaTeX-documents for publishers
Trainers: Laura Konstantaki & Daniel Perez

Presentations Slides and Other Course Material

Module 1 – Searching Scientific Information

Module 2 – Scientific Publishing: From Writing to Sharing

Module 3 – Open Access & Copyright

Module 4 – Literature Management with EndNote

Module 6 – LaTeX for Scientific Writing


7 March 2017: MethodsNow / SciFinder Workshop


The library Lib4RI invited interested researchers from Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL to this workshop held by Dr Philippe Kamalaprija, a representative for CAS at ACS International. Philippe introduced our newly subscribed product MethodsNow and also provided a best practice demonstration for SciFinder.

Workshop Description

MethodsNow features step-by-step instructions for analytical and synthetic methods in areas like water analysis, pharmacology, HPLC, food analysis, natural product isolation analysis, plus:

• easy access to method details from hundreds of thousands of disclosed procedures
• lets you quickly compare analytical methods side-by-side
• displays experimental details in easy-to-read table format
• includes materials, instrumentation, conditions and more
• covers synthetic preparations from top journal articles and patents
• features content curated by CAS scientists for superior discoverability and CAS Method Numbers, a new unique CAS identifier, for quick reference

SciFinder provides researchers with access to the Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) and its digital research environment to search, retrieve, analyse and link chemical information. SciFinder is based on a broad international collection of journals, patents and other sources. The Best Practice SciFinder demonstration will assist you to use the database in a more efficient and productive manner. For example, do you know that when searching a particular topic you should avoid using and/or? Do you know that we have experimental procedures and we can perform retro-synthesis? Do you know how to search Analytic information (categorize)?


Oct / Nov 2016: Searching & Managing Scientific Information


Lib4RI’s biannual introductory course for PhD students and other affiliates of Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL.

Course Description

Module 1: Searching Scientific Information
• How to use Lib4RI’s website and its «Searchbox» for quick information retrieval.
• How to effectively access Lib4RI’s electronic resources including link resolver services.
• Formulating systematic search queries including Boolean operators, wildcards and truncations.
• Examples/exercises using the NEBIS library catalogue, Scopus and Web of Science.

Module 2: The Publication Process
• Insights to the publication process in scientific journals and problems of the publication market.
Open Access: different models and new trends.
Boost the visibility of your scientific output by establishing your author name.
• Measuring the quality of science: journal impact factors, H-index & co.
• How to cope with copyright questions related to scientific work.

Module 3: Literature Management with EndNote
• Introduction to literature management.
• How to import and organise literature information including fulltext PDFs.
Citing references and creating bibliographies in your scientific document using EndNote's Cite-While-You-Write (MS Word plugin).
• How to modify/create output styles using EndNote's style editor.

Module 4: Complementary Exercises
• Follow the complete workflow «from topic search to the citation» in a little project.
• Possibility to work on your own topic.
• Opportunity to ask uncovered questions.
• Prior attendance of modules 1, 2 & 3 is mandatory.

Organisation:
• Presentations with examples and exercises.
• All modules are held in English
• Max 20 participants for sessions of modules 1 and 2 (please bring your own laptop).
• Max 12 participants for sessions of module 3 and 4 (computers provided).
• On request, students attending all four modules will receive a recommendation for 1 ECTS credit point.

Trainers:
Jochen Bihn
Stephanie Hofmann
Christine Matter
Bobby Neuhold
Lothar Nunnenmacher

Presentations Slides

Module 1 – Searching Scientific Information

Module 2 – The Publication Process

Module 3 – Literature Management with Endnote


April 2016: Searching & Managing Scientific Information


Lib4RI’s biannual introductory course for PhD students and other affiliates of Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL.

Course Description

Module 1: Searching Scientific Information
• How to use Lib4RI’s website and its «Searchbox» for quick information retrieval.
• How to effectively access Lib4RI’s electronic resources including link resolver services.
• Formulating systematic search queries including Boolean operators, wildcards and truncations.
• Examples/exercises using the NEBIS library catalogue, Scopus and Web of Science.

Module 2: The Publication Process
• Insights to the publication process in scientific journals and problems of the publication market.
Open Access: different models and new trends.
Boost the visibility of your scientific output by establishing your author name.
• Measuring the quality of science: journal impact factors, H-index & co.
• How to cope with copyright questions related to scientific work.

Module 3: Literature Management with Endnote
• Introduction to literature management.
• How to import and organise literature information including fulltext PDFs.
Citing references and creating bibliographies in your scientific document using Endnote's Cite-While-You-Write (MS Word plugin).
• How to modify/create output styles using Endnote's style editor.

Module 4: Complementary Exercises
• Follow the complete workflow «from topic search to the citation» in a little project.
• Possibility to work on your own topic.
• Opportunity to ask uncovered questions.
• Prior attendance of modules 1, 2 & 3 is mandatory.

Organisation:
• Presentations with examples and exercises.
• All modules are held in English
• Max 20 participants for sessions of modules 1 and 2 (please bring your own laptop).
• Max 12 participants for sessions of module 3 and 4 (computers provided).
• On request, students attending all four modules will receive a recommendation for 1 ECTS credit point.

Trainers:
Jochen Bihn
Stephanie Hofmann
Bobby Neuhold
Lothar Nunnenmacher

Presentations Slides

Module 1 – Searching Scientific Information

Module 2 – The Publication Process

Module 3 – Literature Management with EndNote


Oct / Nov 2015: Searching & Managing Scientific Information


Lib4RI’s biannual introductory course for PhD students and other affiliates of Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL.

Course Description

Module 1: Searching Scientific Information
• How to use Lib4RI’s website and its «Searchbox» for quick information retrieval.
• How to effectively access Lib4RI’s electronic resources including link resolver services.
• Formulating systematic search queries including Boolean operators, wildcards and truncations.
• Examples/exercices using the NEBIS library catalogue, Scopus and Web of Science.

Module 2: The Publication Process
• Insights to the publication process in scientific journals and problems of the publication market.
Open Access: different models and new trends.
Boost the visibility of your scientific output by establishing your author name.
• Measuring the quality of science: journal impact factors, H-index & co.
• How to cope with copyright questions related to scientific work.

Module 3: Literature Management
Optional sessions: EndNote (with MS Word) or Zotero & JabRef (with LaTeX)
• Introduction to literature management.
• How to import and organise literature information including fulltext PDFs.
Citing references and creating bibliographies in your scientific document.
• How to modify/create output styles.

Module 4: Complementary Exercises
Optional sessions for Users of EndNote (with MS Word) or Zotero & JabRef (with LaTeX)
• Follow the complete workflow «from topic search to the citation» in a little project.
• Possibility to work on your own topic.
• Opportunity to ask uncovered questions.
• Prior attendance of modules 1, 2 & 3 is recommended.

Organisation:
• Presentations with examples and exercises.
• All modules are held in English
• Max 20 participants for sessions of modules 1 and 2 (please bring your own laptop).
• Max 12 participants for sessions of module 3 and 4 (computers provided).
• On request, students attending all four modules will receive a recommendation for 1 ECTS credit point.

Trainers:
Jochen Bihn
Alfred Gautschy (ETH-Bibliothek)
Stephanie Hofmann
Bobby Neuhold
Lothar Nunnenmacher

Presentations Slides

Module 1 – Searching Scientific Information

Module 2 – The Publication Process

Module 3 – Literature Management


Apr 29, 2015: CAB Abstracts Course


The library Lib4RI invited interested researchers from Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL to this course held by Tom Corser, training manager at CABI.

Course Description

Content

• Database content (serials, subjects, literature types).
• Boolean operators and database search symbols.
• Building searches using the combine feature.
• Unique CABI indexing fields e.g. Cabicodes.
CAB Thesaurus and controlled vocabulary searching.
• Creating search alerts.

Organisation

• Presentations with examples and the opportunity to work on your own subjects.
• Attendees at WSL Birmensdorf are encouraged to bring their laptops. At Eawag-Empa Dübendorf computers are provided.
• Course language is English.
• Maximum number of participants: 12
• No course fee.

Trainer

Tom Corser, training manager at CABI. Based at CABI’s head office in the UK, Tom has been with CABI for over 4 years and manages CABI’s customer training for online databases. With a scientific background in applied life sciences and extensive knowledge of database searching, Tom will demonstrate tools that can help attendees discover more content relevant to them when conducting literature reviews. He is particularly happy to discuss individual examples from the audience.

Presentation Slides


March 2015: Searching & Managing Scientific Information


Lib4RI’s biannual introductory course for PhD students and other affiliates of Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL.

Course Description

Module 1: Searching Scientific Information
• How to use Lib4RI’s website and its «Searchbox» for quick information retrieval.
• How to effectively access Lib4RI’s electronic resources including link resolver services.
• Formulating systematic search queries including Boolean operators, wildcards and truncations.
• Examples/exercices using the NEBIS library catalogue, Scopus and Web of Science.

Module 2: The Publication Process
• Insights to the publication process in scientific journals and problems of the publication market.
Open Access: different models and new trends.
Boost the visibility of your scientific output by establishing your author name.
• Measuring the quality of science: journal impact factors, H-index & co.
• How to cope with copyright questions related to scientific work.

Module 3: Literature Management
Optional sessions: EndNote (with MS Word) or Zotero & JabRef (with LaTeX)
• Introduction to literature management.
• How to import and organise literature information including fulltext PDFs.
Citing references and creating bibliographies in your scientific document.
• How to modify/create output styles.

Organisation:
• Presentations with examples/exercises.
• All modules are held in English
• No course fee.
• Max 20 participants for sessions of modules 1 and 2 (please bring your own laptop).
• Max 12 participants for sessions of module 3 (computers provided)

Trainers:
Jochen Bihn
Alfred Gautschy (ETH-Bibliothek)
Stephanie Hofmann
Bobby Neuhold
Lothar Nunnenmacher


Oct / Nov / Dec 2014: Searching & Managing Scientific Information


Lib4RI’s introductory course for PhD students and other affiliates of Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL.

Course Description

Module 1: Searching Scientific Information
• How to use Lib4RI’s website and its «Searchbox» for quick information retrieval.
• How to effectively access Lib4RI’s electronic resources including link resolver services.
• Formulating systematic search queries including Boolean operators, wildcards and truncations.
• Examples/exercices using the NEBIS library catalogue, Scopus and Web of Science.

Module 2: The Publication Process
• Insights to the publication process in scientific journals and problems of the publication market.
Open Access: different models and new trends.
Boost the visibility of your scientific output by establishing your author name.
• Measuring the quality of science: journal impact factors, H-index & co.
• How to cope with copyright questions related to scientific work.

Module 3: Literature Management with EndNote
• Introduction to literature management.
• How to import and organise literature information including full text PDFs.
Citing references and creating bibliographies in your scientific document using EndNote’s Cite-While-You-Write (MS Word plugin).
• How to modify/create output styles using EndNote’s style manager.

Organisation:
• Presentations with examples/exercises.
• All modules are held in English
• No course fee.
• Max 20 participants for modules 1 and 2 (please bring your own laptop). Max 12 participants for module 3 (computers provided)

Trainers:
Jochen Bihn
Stephanie Hofmann
Bobby Neuhold
Lothar Nunnenmacher


Nov 7, 2014: SciFinder Workshop


The library Lib4RI invited interested researchers from Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL to this workshop held by Philippe Kamalaprija, a representative for CAS at ACS International.

Workshop Description

SciFinder provides researchers access to the Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) and its digital research environment to search, retrieve, analyse and link chemical information. SciFinder is based on a broad international collection of journals, patents and other sources.

The SciFinder workshop is held by Philippe Kamalaprija, a representative for CAS at ACS International. Philippe is an experienced trainer and will include many important aspects of SciFinder. He is particularly happy to discuss individual examples from the audience, so you can also work on your own subjects.

Content
• The web version of SciFinder.
• What’s new?
• Hints and tips for working with large answer sets.
• Tips for specifying a research topic.
• Use of analysing and refining tools.
• Use of the Categorize tools.
• Learn how to create alerts based on your substance or topic of interest.
• See how to export experimental and predicted property information to Excel and other applications.
• Use the SciPlanner to organize reactions and share results with colleagues.
• View experimental procedures directly within SciFinder.
• Markush structure searching for broader patent searching.

Organisation
• Presentations with examples and the opportunity to work on your own subjects.
• Course language is English.
• Computers with access to SciFinder are provided.
• Max 12 participants
• No course fee.

Trainer
Dr Philippe Kamalaprija, ACS International, CAS representative.


May 2014: Searching & Managing Scientific Information


Lib4RI’s introductory course for PhD students and other affiliates of Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL.

Course Description

Aims:
You become skilled in searching and finding relevant scientific information using Lib4RI’s library facilities and suitable databases. You get introduced to the principles of scientific information management, the publication process and research evaluation.

Content:
• How to use Lib4RI’s website and its «Searchbox» for quick information retrieval. How to effectively access Lib4RI’s electronic resources including link resolver services.
• Formulating systematic search queries including Boolean operators and truncations with examples from the NEBIS library catalogue, Scopus and Web of Science.
• Insights to the publication process in scientific journals and problems of the publication market.
Open Access: different models and new trends.
• How to make your scientific output more visible by establishing your author name.
Literature management: demands and suitability of selected reference management software.
• Measuring the quality of science: journal impact factors, H-index & co.
• How to cope with copyright questions related to scientific work.

Organisation:
• Presentations with examples/exercises.
• Please bring your own laptop, if possible.
• No course fee.


Nov 2013: Searching & Managing Scientific Information


Lib4RI’s introductory course for PhD students and other affiliates of Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL.

Course Description

Aims:
You become skilled in searching and finding relevant scientific information using Lib4RI’s library facilities and suitable databases. You get acquainted with reference management software, an essential tool for organising your literature information, citing within research papers and dissertations, and for creating bibliographies.

Content:
• Introduction: the library Lib4RI as a hub to effectively tackle today’s vast information offers. Insights to the article publication process in scientific journals, including «Open Access». Indicators such as «Impact factor» and «H-index» for scientific quality management.
• Searching for information: formulating systematic search queries including Boolean operators and truncations with examples from the NEBIS library catalogue, Scopus and Web of Science. How to use Lib4RI’s website and its «Searchbox» for quick information retrieval. How to effectively access Lib4RI’s electronic resources including link resolver services.
• Author identification: the benefits of having a unique research ID.
• Information management: introduction to reference management using EndNote. How to import and organise literature information including full texts. How to generate bibliographies and interact with Word for citation management.

Organisation:
• Lecture and training session.
• Feel free to bring your own laptop.
• The course is free of charge.


April/May 2013: Searching & Managing Scientific Information


Lib4RI’s introductory course for PhD students and other affiliates of Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL.



 
TEL. +41 58 765 5700  info@lib4ri.ch 

Stephanie Hofmann

t +41 58 765 5032

Dr. Bobby Neuhold

t +41 58 765 5133