Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library

Classes, Workshops, Tutorials

The Flower-Sprecher Library offers a number of opportunities for instruction and training on how to use the Library and its resources. To arrange for a class or consultation, contact Reference Services at 607-253-3510 or send an e-mail to vetref@cornell.edu.

Sessions can include one-time classes, multi-session workshops, and one-on-one customized consultations. Possible topics include:

  • Finding information
  • Learning and improving database search techniques
  • Getting the most out of PubMed MEDLINE
  • Setting up current awareness alerts, and
  • General research skills

These sessions can be tailored to your specific needs to help you and your students do better literature searches, find e-journals more easily, help manage journal article citations more effectively, or otherwise optimize the Cornell University Library's vast resources.

Supplementing these classes are numerous guides, customized tours and orientations, and access to a number of tutorials for self-paced instruction.

Campus Training Opportunities
Courses and workshops offered by other campus libraries are also open to Veterinary College faculty, staff and students. Topics covered include EndNote, PowerPoint, and others of potential interest.

Check the current semester's courses and register online at the Cornell University Library Workshops and Instruction.

Computer-based tutorials can be conveniently accessed from your office to work through at your own pace and schedule. Listed below are some tutorials that you might find particularly valuable for searching biomedical topics.

The PubMed Tutorial provides a multipart text tutorial as well as a list of Quick Tours which are animated tutorials on many aspects of PubMed MEDLINE.

ISI Web of Science
The ISI Web of Science Tutorial provides an overview and details on how to search.

RefWorks and EndNote
The RefWorks Tutorial provides step-by-step instruction for using RefWorks for your citation management needs and the RefWorks QuickStart Guide to be able to use RefWorks quickly.  A Video on Using RefWorks at Cornell is available from the RefWorks Log in Page.

For those using EndNote, go to the EndNote Tutorial provided by Mann Library.

Credit Courses
Beginning in Spring 2004, the Library assumed responsibility for coordinating VTMED 6726, Introduction to the Professional Literature [of Veterinary Medicine].

"This course introduces veterinary students to the professional and biomedical literature, including development of critical reading skills. Students become familiar with the broad range of professional and biomedical literature and are encouraged to develop a rigorous approach to journal and scientific article review. Secondary emphasis is on developing skills in library and bibliographic search techniques, as well as exploring the use of veterinary-related on-line information."
Spring semester, 1 credit. Minimum enrollment 6: maximum enrollment 20. First-, second-, third-, and fourth-year veterinary students. S/U only.

For more information about this course, contact the Susanne Whitaker, Reference Librarian at vetref@cornell.edu or (607) 253-3510.