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Researching Brain Injuries: Finding Articles in Science Databases
Description: Hands-on research workshop on how to search science databases for full-text articles in science research publications. Class will cover the features of searching Wiley Interscience, Web of Science, as well as many of our life science and medical databases.

After Resumes: Researching Companies & Industries for Cover Letters & Interview Prep
Description: Learn about SIBL's vast subscription business databases and searching them to find company and industry information to tailor cover letters and prepare for interviews. Did you know you can download costly reports for free at SIBL? Use these resources in your job search to do company research, keep current, explore new industries, new careers, strengthen your cover letters, and prepare for interviews. Content includes specialized trade & business journals, articles on trends and company news, company profiles, industry surveys & snapshots, market research reports,investment analyst reports, company financials, rankings, and more! Class will highlight searching, and unique features.

Apparel & Textiles: Finding Industry & Technology Resources
Description: This class introduces print, electronic resources and Web sites useful for researching the apparel and textiles industry and technology. Provides a discussion for the most appropriate sources to use for obtaining information on topics such as market research reports and trends, company and industry news, locating companies and manufacturers, fabric/fiber production and finishing, testing and measurement standards, tradeshows and associations for contact information.
Prerequisite: Those who attend should be comfortable using a mouse and keyboard.

Building & Construction: Finding Industry & Technology Resources
Description: Researching your building or construction industry? This class highlights SIBL's resources in the Building and Construction industries that include technology standards and information, industry news and analysis, company profiles, locating clients and business-related contacts, product news, market research reports, and more.
Prerequisite: Those who attend should be comfortable using a mouse and keyboard.

Business Research: Databases from Home thru NYPL
Description: Did you know about two great business databases with special content that is available with your Library Card from the NYPL website? Use them to keep current, explore new industries and careers, and prepare for interviews. Content includes specialized trade & business journals, articles on trends and company news, company profiles, industry surveys & snapshots, market research in Datamonitor Reports and articles, investment analyst reports, company financials, rankings, and more! Class will highlight searching, and unique features.

Career & Industry Research in Renewable Energy
Description: Researching renewable energy? Energy from wind, solar, and biofuel will be growth industries for new jobs and careers. This class will cover SIBL's extensive business online resources for company and industry research, and career information on industry/occupational outlooks for renewable energy. Class will include resources and strategies for finding industry news and forecasts, and company information that will help your prepare for a career transition, and job interviews into the renewable energy industry.

Digital Photography Resources for Professionals
Description: The photography industry around our midtown Manhattan location has been transformed in the last five years. Digital technology offers new opportunities and challenges to photographers trained in analog film-based photography. We will describe information resources that photographers can draw on to learn about and keep up to date with this fast-changing field. SIBL offers both onsite and offsite access to advanced electronic databases and houses a library containing the latest technical books on digital color management, professional digital cameras, Photoshop techniques and large-format fine art inkjet printing. From our stacks you can access cutting-edge color science journals and professional magazines. We will also show you the hottest online discussion groups and websites where new equipment and processes are discussed on the Internet. And we’ll share our own experiences managing digital archives and metadata in such projects as the award-winning NYPL Digital Library.

Engineering Research with Compendex
Description: Compendex® is the most comprehensive interdisciplinary engineering database in the world. Special features and search strategies will be highlighted. Compendex has over 9 million records and references over 5,000 engineering journals, conferences and technical reports. Subjects include chemical and process engineering, computers and data processing, applied physics, electronics and communications, civil, mechanical and materials engineering, as well as narrower subtopics. With the addition of the historical backfile, online coverage is from 1884 to the present. Approximately 250,000 new records are added to the database annually. Compendex is updated weekly.

Finding Astronomical Maps and Images
Description: Find spectacular images and maps of galaxies, stars and planets by searching library resources and the Internet. Class will tour major repositories of online astronomical imagery worldwide.

Finding Science Research using Web of Science Database
Description: This class will introduce you to hands-on searching in Web of Science, the largest science database in the world. In addition to searching features and strategies, the class will cover cited reference searching, a unique search method for locating all the science articles that have cited a particular article or scientist’s research. Web of Science has three multi-disciplinary databases, which can be search simultaneously: Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Dates of coverage: Science Citation Index -1900-present, Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)--1956-present, Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI)--1975-present

Food Science: Finding Related Technologies Resources
Description: This class gives an overview of print and electronic resources at SIBL for researching the technology used in the Food Science industry.
Prerequisite: Those who attend should be comfortable using a mouse and keyboard.

Free News & Journals from Home via 15+ EBSCO Databases
Description: Spotlight on...Free News & Journals From Home via 15+ EBSCOhost Databases: An introduction on searching more than 15 full-text news and journal databases, available from your Home or Office via the Internet with an NYPL Library Card. Class will explore special features and the array of subject areas and publications.

Green Jobs: Career, Industry, Technology & Product Research for a Jumpstart on Tomorrow's Jobs
Description: The promise of green jobs to restart the economy is all over today’s news. If you’re interested in knowing more about green jobs, in any industry, that will provide products and services that promote renewable energy resources, reduce pollution and conserve energy, this class is for you. It will introduce you to specialized resources to research growth areas for new jobs and careers. The class will cover SIBL's extensive business and technology online resources for the latest company, industry, technology and product research, as well as career information on industry/occupational outlooks. Class will include resources and strategies for finding industry news, market research, new products under development, forecasts, the latest technology research, and company information that will help your prepare for a career transition, and job interviews.

Health Care & Pharmaceuticals: Career, Industry & Technology Research
Description: Jobs in health care and pharmaceuticals are expected to increase, as these will be growth industries for new careers, new jobs, and new opportunities. Are you interested in researching these industries to transition your skills or begin a new career? This class will cover SIBL's extensive business and technology online resources for the latest company news and industry research, as well as career information on industry/occupational outlooks, medical records technology news, medical products and medical devices. Class will include resources and strategies for finding health care and pharmaceutical industry news, market research, forecasts, technology, consumers, and company information that will help your prepare for a career transition, and job interviews.

Heaven's Above: Exploration Through Astronomy Resources
Description: Interested in exploring the cosmos, and learning more about the galaxies? Join us for an introduction to using the astronomy resources at SIBL, and on the Web.
Prerequisite: Those who attend should be comfortable using a mouse and keyboard.

Internet Marketing: Trends & Analysis using eMarketer for Digital Intelligence
Description: eMarkerter is a SIBL database that covers U.S. and global e-commerce market research and trend analysis for online marketing, media, social networking, and emerging technologies. It is the most comprehensive database of e-business and online marketing statistics. New reports and articles appear daily on current trends, and forecasts, from over 3,000 sources. For instance, on site you can download free reports, such as e-commerce in a recession and its impact on consumers and retailers, U.S. advertising spending and the new reality, and online profiles of internet use, online consumers, and more.

Introduction to Patents
Description: This class provides a general overview of patents and informs Library users about patent resources available at SIBL. It gives the basic steps in conducting a patent search at SIBL. This class provides hands-on instruction.
Prerequisite: Those who attend should be comfortable using a mouse and keyboard.

Introduction to Science Information
Description: Designed for students and those beginning research in science, this class covers basic research techniques for exploring scientific information at SIBL. Note: Medical and consumer health-related information will not be covered.
Prerequisite: Those who attend should be comfortable using a mouse and keyboard.

Job Seekers: Explore Vault, the Premium Career Database
Description: Find industry and career advice, job search and resume guides, and occupational surveys. Download Vault industry and career guides for free, from the Science, Industry and Business Library.

Jobs & The Stimulus Package: Growth Industries for Employment & Career Opportunities
Description: With The Stimulus Packagee, 3.5 million jobs will be created or saved within the next two years. This class will assist you in researching growth industries information -- like healthcare, renewable energy, technology, infrastructure, education, and various service industries, such as green products and sustainability services, and more. This class will introduce you to SIBL's extensive premium business and technology online databases, many available only at the Library, with the latest company and industry reports, articles from trade and professional journals, as well as career information on industry/occupational outlooks. Class will include resources and strategies for finding industry news, company information, market research, forecasts, and technology that will help you prepare for a career transition, and job interviews in new growth industries.
Prerequisite: Computer typing and mouse skills are needed for this hands-on class.

Keeping Current with Emerging Technologies.
Description: Class will highlight content, advance searching strategies, and will search across multiple newspapers, business journals and market research on new products and technologies, with a focus on academic science and technology journals. The class will feature the Inpsec database, as well as other science and technology databases. Inspec is the largest database on all aspects of computers, information technology, physics, electrical engineering, manufacturing and production engineering, robotics, and related disciplines. Database includes 8,000,000+ abstract records, indexes 4,000 journals and 2,000+ conference proceedings each year. Coverage since 1968.

Locating Science & Technology Companies for Business: RefUSA and D & B Online Directories
Description: Learn how to locate science and technology related companies, across all industries, using two online directories, Reference USA and D & B: The Million Dollar Directory. Type of company, as well as location, size, and sales, are a few of the ways you can create your customized list for mailing lists, company research, contacts, and job searching.

Managing the Built Environment: Building Maintenance Sources & Services
Description: Learn how to exploit SIBL’s information resources on topics such as preventive maintenance (PM), HVAC, electrical wiring, green buildings, alternative energy, plumbing, indoor air quality (IAQ), fire protection, security, and environmental compliance. Find product information, industry news, trade shows, discussion forums, professional and trade associations, job sites and training seminars that can help you implement overall cost reduction in buildings. Class will guide anyone concerned with building maintenance, from commercial and residential property owners to building engineers, managers, and superintendents to to specialized library and internet resources, such as the Building Code of the City of New York and the National Electrical Code.

NYPL's New Catalog: Features & Searching
Description: NYPL's new catalog combines the LEO and CATNYP catalogs into one catalog to search for books, DVD's, journal titles, government publications, and other resources. This class will take you on a tour of the new catalog's features, and hands-on searching to explore strategies to help you find the library materials you need.

Renewable Energy: Career, Industry & Technology Research
Description: Researching renewable energy? Energy from wind, solar, biofuels, and other alternative sources, will be growth industries for new jobs and careers. This class will cover SIBL's extensive business and technology online resources for the latest company and industry research, as well as career information on industry/occupational outlooks for renewable energy. Class will include resources and strategies for finding industry news, market research, forecasts, technology, and company information that will help your prepare for a career transition, and job interviews into the renewable energy industry.

Researching Biological Diversity @ SIBL
Description: Hands-on exploration of electronic and print resources, including Web sites, on biodiversity topics and issues.

Researching Energy Sources of the Future: Finding Articles in Science, Technology, and Business Databases
Description: Keep current with the latest energy research in an array of business, technology and science databases that index thousands of journals! & news sources

Researching Engineering with Compendex
Description: Search all aspects of engineering in Compendex, the main index of engineering literature with over 8 million citations to journals, reports, and proceedings. Class includes advance searching features, search strategies, and locating the full-text.
Prerequisite: Basic Computer skills

Science in the News: Genetically Modified Foods
Description: This class will focus on researching a varity of topics of current interest using news and science databases, and the Web. The next topic is on Exploring Mars.

Science Journals & News from Home via NYPL Science Databases
Description: Interested in current science and technology research – beyond the Internet and daily newspapers? Did you know you have access to thousands of articles published in over a thousand science and technology journals from your own Home computer with your NYPL library card? This class is an introduction to finding science and technology news and journals using NYPL databases that you connect to from your Home computer with your library card. Class will explore special features and the array of subject areas and publications. You can read current research on new energy sources, the environment, health, computer technologies, biology, medicine, astronomy, physics, psychology, engineering, and much more!

Spotlight on General Science Collection from EBSCO
Description: An introduction to searching the General Science Collection From Ebsco. This database provides full text coverage for over 60 of the most popular sciecne publications, providing information on all aspects of the scientific world.
Prerequisite: Basic Computer Skills

Spotlight on...INSPEC & Compendex Plus
Description: An introduction into searching INSPEC and Compendex Plus, the largest databases in these fields. Learn to search these vast abstract and citation databases to explore international research on all aspects of computers, information technology, major specialities within engineering, electronics, robotics, physics, and related disciplines. Databases include 6,000,000+ abstract records, indexes 4,000 journals and 2,000+ conference proceedings each year. Coverage since 1968.
Prerequisite: Those who attend should be comfortable using a mouse and keyboard.

The Taking Back of Government Information
Description: Hands-on research workshop on how to search science databases for full-text articles in science research publications. Class will cover the features of searching Wiley Interscience, Web of Science, as well as many of our life science and medical databases.