Library Instruction

The Ebling Library supports, facilitates, and fosters information literacy for all of our patrons and promotes self-sufficiency (lifelong learning) in an ever-changing information environment.

What We Can Do for You

Group instruction: For any class or group, library staff will develop and conduct a customized session on a wide variety of topics. Sessions may be taught remotely via preferred platform (Blackboard, Webex, or Zoom) by your Library Liaison.

Individual consultation: Need help searching a database or using a citation manager? Having a hard time keeping up to date on specific topics or journals? This and much more can be covered during a one-on-one session with a librarian.

Learn at your own schedule: Take a look at our repository of tutorials. Additional tutorials can be created upon request.

Library tours: Please call (608) 262-2020 or contact the instruction coordinator to make an appointment.

Workshops: Free workshops are available on a variety of subjects such as PubMed, EndNote, Evidence-based practice, and more. Please contact the instruction coordinator or your library liaison for training not available in our repository of tutorials.

UW-Madison Libraries Modules in Canvas Commons: Quickly and easily import tutorials, videos, and interactive activities made by UW-Madison Libraries from Canvas Commons into your course. Modules cover the research process, finding sources and search strategies, evaluating sources, research & data management, citing sources & plagiarism, research support for graduate students, and copyright & intellectual property. To find the modules, in Canvas, click the Commons button in the main red menu on the left side of the screen, click Search in the top blue banner, and search for “UW-Madison Libraries”.

Other questions: Contact the instruction coordinator.

What We Teach

The topics below cover some of the areas we can teach (or help you teach) to your groups or classes. We encourage collaborative efforts between instructors (group leaders) and library instructors and can customize a class to support your curriculum, class, or group.

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Overviews of Resources & Services

  • Tours
    • Ebling Library
    • Health Sciences Learning Center
  • Remote Access from Home & Office (NetID)
  • Finding Books
    • Library Catalog (& My Library Catalog Account)
    • UW System Search
    • WorldCat
  • Finding Journals & Articles
    • Find It
    • Library Catalog
    • PubMed Citation Matcher
  • Obtaining Library Materials
    • ID Cards
    • Debit cards
    • Photocopying
    • Scanning
  • Delivery Service Options
    • Article & Book Delivery
    • Journal Pull/Hold
    • Book Retrieval/Recall

Specific Resources

  • BrowZine (browse scholarly journals on mobile devices and desktop)
  • PubMed
  • Scopus
  • Web of Science
    • General searching
    • Cited Reference Search
    • Impact Factors
  • LexiComp
  • UptoDate
  • BMJ Best Practice
  • Access Medicine
  • ClinicalKey
  • Essential Evidence Plus (was InfoRetriever)
  • PsycINFO
  • Cochrane Database
  • DARE
  • ACP Journal Club
  • Google
    • Advanced Google
    • Google Scholar
    • Google Apps (UW-Madison)

Citation Managers

  • EndNote Desktop (20 & 21)
  • EndNote Web (Free)
  • EndNote for Macs
  • Mendeley
  • Zotero

Special Topics

  • Evidence Based Practice in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, or Allied Health
    • Asking the right questions (PICO)
    • Developing search strategies
    • EBP background and foreground resources
  • Consumer Health Resources
    • MedlinePlus
    • BadgerLink
  • History of Health Sciences
    • Research Strategies
    • Resources

Keeping Up With The Literature

  • BrowZine (browse scholarly journals on mobile devices and desktop)
  • Alert Services
    • MyNCBI
    • Web of Science
    • Ebsco (CINAHL, PsycINFO, ERIC)
  • RSS feeds for Journals, News, etc.
    • Feedly
    • Outlook

Other Topics

  • Copyright/Fair Use
  • Funding: A Grants Overview
  • Box (UW-Madison)
  • Scholarly Publishing Issues
  • NIH Public Access Policy (and other federal public access policies)
  • Research Data Curation/Data Plans