Library Instruction

Workshops at Steenbock Library · Fall 2012

General Information

  • Workshops include hands-on practice and require no registration (except our Graduate Support Series, where registration is strongly recommended!)
  • If you can't make our scheduled workshops, set up a time for just you or your group using our Request Form or contact Barbara Sisolak at 608-263-2385 or by email.
  • If you have a general research question, click here to view helpful videos!
  • The Campus Library Workshop Schedule lists workshops held at all campus libraries.

Graduate Support Series Workshops

Steenbock Library | Fall 2012
  • Managing Your Citations: An Introduction to Citation Managers
  • Thursday September 27, Noon-1:00pm, Room 105

    Gives an overview of the five citation managers supported by campus libraries, RefWorks, EndNote, EndNote Web, Mendeley, and Zotero, and helps you decide which one is right for you based on your individual research needs. Registration recommended. Please register with the GSC.


  • Researching the Literature in the Life Sciences
  • Wednesday October 10, 1:00-2:15pm, Room 105

    Covers the literature search process and is intended for those beginning a literature review for a research project, proposal, dissertation or publication. It will cover resources and techniques that are useful in life sciences literature research. You will learn key steps in conducting a literature search and be introduced to core databases that are important for thoroughly mining the academic literature in these fields. Registration recommended. Please register with the GSC.


  • Introduction to BLAST
  • Thursday October 11, Noon-1:00pm, Room 105

    New to your life science laboratory? Sequence similarity searching is an essential bioinformatics skill for many researchers. This introductory workshop will describe the use of NCBI BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool). BLAST is a popular web-based resource for comparing experimental DNA and protein sequences to databases of known sequences in order to discover regions of alignment and homology.

    The workshop will give an overview of what BLAST is, the BLAST interface, developing and saving basic BLAST search strategies, and understanding the components of the BLAST report.

    This workshop will be useful to anyone who would like to have better basic understanding of this NCBI resource. It is intended to be introductory, and not meant for experienced users. Registration recommended. Please register with the GSC


  • Current Awareness: Tools to Stay Up-to-date In Your Field
  • Tuesday October 16, 11:00-12:15pm, Room 105

    Learn about several tools that can help you stay up-to-date in your field of research. Learn how to create a custom list of library databases in MyUW. Have tables of contents of the most recent journals sent directly to your email. Be alerted to the most recent articles on a topic. Monitor Web sites, blogs, and other important resources with ease. Keep track of citations and make bibliographies quickly. Registration recommended. Please register with the GSC.


  • Managing Citations with Zotero
  • Thursday October 18, 12:00-1:00pm, Room 105

    Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work, in the Web browser itself. For more information, see http://www.zotero.org/. Registration recommended. Please register with the GSC.

Google for Academic Research

Steenbock Library | Fall 2012
  • Wednesday October 17, Noon-1:00pm, Room 105

Power search with Google to remove clutter and quickly locate quality resources. Get hands on practice using Google, Google Scholar, Google Patents, and Google Book Search. Learn how to use Find It and RefWorks with Google Scholar and how to evaluate your search results to get the best information from the Internet.

Current Awareness: Tools to Stay Up-to-date In Your Field

Steenbock Library | Fall 2012
  • Tuesday October 16, 11:00-12:15pm, Room 105
  • *Part of the Graduate Support Series!

Learn about several tools that can help you stay up-to-date in your field of research. Learn how to create a custom list of library databases in MyUW. Have table of contents of the most recent journals sent directly to your email. Be alerted to the most recent articles on a topic. Monitor Web sites, blogs, and other important resources with ease. Keep track of citations and make bibliographies quickly. Registration recommended. Please register with the GSC.

UW Libraries: What You Really Need to Know

Steenbock Library | Fall 2012
  • Tuesday September 4, 4:00-5:00pm, Room 105

An introduction to the many things the UW-Madison libraries offer: the library catalog, journal databases, other electronic materials, conveniences such as book retrieval and your online library account, and ways to get help finding and using campus library resources. There will be an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about the libraries.

Managing Your Citations: An Introduction to Citation Managers

Steenbock Library | Fall 2012
  • Thursday September 27, Noon-1:00pm, Room 105
  • *Part of the Graduate Support Series!

Gives an overview of the five citation managers supported by campus libraries, RefWorks, EndNote, EndNote Web, Mendeley, and Zotero, and helps you decide which one is right for you based on your individual research needs. Registration recommended. Please register with the GSC.

Managing Citations with EndNote

Steenbock Library | Fall 2012
  • Thursday October 4, 11:30-12:45pm, Room 105
  • Tuesday October 23, 4:00-5:15pm, Room 105

Covers the basic features of using Endnote, including organization of databases and records, searching and sorting records, importing records electronically from MadCat and journal article databases, and instant formatting of bibliographies. Also covers EndNote Web (Free to campus users courtesy of UW-Madison Libraries). Learn how to set up your EndNote database initially to avoid later style formatting hassles.

Managing Citations with Mendeley

Steenbock Library | Fall 2012
  • Wednesday October 10, 11:30-12:30pm, Room 105

Learn how to use this free reference manager and academic social network to help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

Introduction to BLAST

Steenbock Library | Fall 2012
  • Thursday October 11, Noon-1:00pm, Room 105
  • *Part of the Graduate Support Series!

New to your life science laboratory? Sequence similarity searching is an essential bioinformatics skill for many researchers. This introductory workshop will describe the use of NCBI BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool). BLAST is a popular web-based resource for comparing experimental DNA and protein sequences to databases of known sequences in order to discover regions of alignment and homology.

The workshop will give an overview of:

  • What BLAST is
  • The BLAST interface
  • Developing and saving basic BLAST search strategies
  • Understanding the components of the BLAST report

This workshop will be useful to anyone who would like to have better basic understanding of this NCBI resource. It is intended to be introductory, and not meant for experienced users. Registration recommended. Please register with the GSC

Researching the Literature in the Life Sciences

Steenbock Library | Fall 2012
  • Wednesday October 3, 1:00-2:15pm, Room 105
  • *Part of the Graduate Support Series!

Covers the literature search process and is intended for those beginning a literature review for a research project, proposal, dissertation or publication. It will cover resources and techniques that are useful in life sciences literature research. You will learn key steps in conducting a literature search and be introduced to core databases that are important for thoroughly mining the academic literature in these fields. Registration recommended. Please register with the GSC.

Managing Citations with Zotero

Steenbock Library | Fall 2012
  • Thursday October 18, 12:00-1:00pm, Room 105
  • *Part of the Graduate Support Series!

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work, in the Web browser itself. For more information, see http://www.zotero.org/. Registration recommended. Please register with the GSC.

Steenbock Library Tours | Fall 2012

  • Tuesday August 28, 2:00-3:00pm | 3:00-4:00pm
  • Thursday August 30, 2:00-3:00pm | 3:00-4:00pm
  • Thursday September 6, 2:00-3:00pm | 3:00-4:00pm

Meet at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor.

Join us for a tour of our facility! We are the library for agriculture, life sciences, natural resources, veterinary medicine, family and consumer sciences. We also have a great InfoLab, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and eight group study rooms on the first floor. We are conveniently located near the Lakeshore dorms and CALS campus.

If you would like to arrange a tour for you or your group, other than those listed, use our request form or contact Barbara Sisolak at 263-2385 or by email.



Participants requesting disability-related accommodations should contact the campus Library & Information Literacy Instruction Office in advance, preferably at least two weeks prior to the event, at (608) 262-4308, email libinstruct@library.wisc.edu