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Workshop Descriptions

Improve Your Research Process

Join us for a library workshop and leave with a better understanding of how our services, resources and search tools can improve your research process. Workshops are free and offered throughout the year at Blaisdell Medical Library and Shields Library.

All sessions are one hour unless noted.

Check our Events and Workshop calendar for current offerings. Online workshops are available by request.

Workshops Offered at Blaisdell Medical Library

These workshops have a maximum capacity of six attendees per session and are offered four times per year.

Painless PubMed

Designed to quickly introduce or update you about searching in the PubMed database, this workshop includes building an effective search strategy, efficiently locating full-text articles, focusing your results using PubMed filters and Clinical Queries tool, and managing results using your MyNCBI account. Need information for a homework assignment, grant application, or clinical question? This beginning level class will get you started.

Finding Quality Health Information: An Intro to the Triple Pearl Method

Advance your search skills with the Triple Pearl Method, a highly effective and efficient way to discover relevant literature for a variety of projects, including dissertations, theses, quality improvement projects, narrative review articles, and clinical study reports. This research method combines the unique features (e.g., journal coverage, retrieval algorithms, indexing, and tools) of three important literature databases in the health sciences — Google Scholar, PubMed, and Scopus. Basic PubMed skills are required.

Workshops Offered at Shields Library


Library 101: Catalogs, Databases and Services

A hands-on introduction to finding books, research articles and other items at the UC Davis Library. Suitable for any discipline, this workshop will include an orientation to library privileges, services and where to get help. Catalog searching and an introduction to research databases will be covered.

How Research Gets Made

Learn how to reverse-engineer scholarly articles in any discipline and use library search engines (catalogs, indexes, databases) as tools and research instruments.


Giving Credit Where Credit is Due (Avoid Plagiarism)

This workshop is 1 hour and 20 minutes. Learn principles of citing sources in MLA (Modern Language Association) and APA (American Psychological Association) styles. Expand your understanding of paraphrases, summaries and quotations, and discover tools to help you create citations.

Co-presented with the Academic Assistance and Tutoring Center (AATC). Questions for AATC? Please contact Kevin Sitz,

For Staff

Using the Library: UC Davis Staff

UC Davis staff have great access to books, academic journals, research databases and other electronic items, available through the UC Davis Library! Discover how to use our print materials and online resources, and get access from your office or home. Learn how to search our catalog and databases (a sample database will be demonstrated).

Cool Library Tools For BioAg Lab Staff

Learn about key library tools and search tactics for lab staff, including resources for major life science methods/protocols, email notification of updates in specialized research topics, journal assessment, citation analysis, management and reporting tools, e-books preview, lab website resources and more.