Discover and Manage Your Scientific Literature

Course Information

  • Monday, April 23, 2018,
    2:00 PM till 5:00 PM
  • Registration Opens
    January 31, 2018, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    March 23, 2018
    Course Fees
    This course is free of charge and for doctoral candidates and postdocs of the University of Basel only (min. 5, max. 24 participants).
    Silke Bellanger
    Dr. Simon Geiger
    Monika Wechsler
    Organized by

    University Library Basel

    in collaboration with

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills Program
    GRACE Homepage


    When starting a new research project, it is sometimes helpful to reconsider the means and practices of searching for literature, in particular when you are working in a new research area or doing interdisciplinary research. Based on the interests of the participants, the workshop gives the possibility to exchange experiences, to rediscover useful search tools and techniques for PhD and postdoc-projects and to use reference management systems in depth.


    The Workshop contains
    1. Why journal articles? The role and history of the scientific journal.
    2. How to find relevant articles? Making the best of Web of Science, SCOPUS, and other databases.
    3. A glimpse on bibliometry: Impact Factor, H-Index and how to find them.
    4. Monitoring the latest publications in your research area
    5. Organizing your literature and notes with reference management systems: Zotero, Mendeley, Endnote or Citavi


    Inputs, group discussion, hands-on activities. The participants will be asked in advance, what kind of needs and interests they have and which reference management tools they use or want to get to know.

    Target Group

    Doctoral Candidates & Postdocs

    About the Trainer

    Silke Bellanger (University Library Basel)
    Silke Bellanger is an academic librarian and head of research support services at the University Library. She works in university libraries since 2006, focusing on open access, research data and information literacy. She holds a M.A. in Sociology, History and Public Law and a Master of Advanced Studies in Information and Library Sciences.

    Dr. Simon Geiger (University Library Basel)
    As an academic librarian, Simon Geiger is in charge of the science collections and of the electronic media procured by the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries. He is holding a PhD in Physical Chemistry.

    Monika Wechsler (University of Basel, Medical Library)
    Monika Wechsler, head of the medical library, is responsible for the medical collections, training courses for medical literature databases and reference management software, peer reviewing of search strategies and counselling for systematic reviews, all services for both students in health sciences as well researchers and residents.


    Lecture 8h


    Registrations will be processed according on a “first come, first served” principle. The course registration will be confirmed by email. The registration to a course makes the participation in the full training mandatory. A course can be cancelled up to five working days before its scheduled date (send an email to Participants failed to attend a course for which they registered, remaining absent form a course without an excuse or cancel less than five working days in advance will be excluded from the transferable skills programme for the following semester. Please find the detailed regulations on the Transferable Skills Homepage.


    Universitätsbibliothek Basel (UB) Schönbeinstrasse 18-20, 4056 Basel

    3rd Floor, GRACE Room 306

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