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Research, Instruction, and Clinical Information Services: Instruction

Services are available to faculty, students and staff of the six schools of the health sciences.

Painless PubMed

Need information for a grant application or a homework assignment? This painless one hour session offers a quick cure!


View these brief videos for information on using PittCat, the library's online catalog.

PittCat Basic Search - learn to easily find out if the library has a book or journal. (5 mins 20 secs)

PittCat Guided Search - learn  to locate a book or journal by topic (4mins 12 secs)



Customized Instruction

Curriculum-Integrated Instruction
Research and instruction librarians are available to provide curriculum-integrated instruction in information skills and information literacy as part of courses offered in the schools of the health sciences. This instruction could be in the format of a presentation, paper handouts, or Web resources. A liaison librarian is assigned to each of the schools and is available to meet with interested faculty to design library-based assignments and instruction.

Instruction for Departments and Other Groups
Classes or brief presentations can be customized by HSLS faculty librarians to target resources and skills of interest to specific departments or other groups. For a list of possible topics, please see the list of class descriptions. A faculty librarian can consult with you to develop a special class to fit your needs.

Web-Based Support
HSLS faculty librarians can design customized Web pages to support your assignments and course objectives. These guides can include:

  • links to selected full-text journal articles
  • links to database search results based on search strategies developed by librarians
  • links to chapters in electronic textbooks
  • links to major online reference books
  • links to authoritative Web resources
  • guidance in using information resources effectively

Most online library resources are available to students whether on or off campus.

To arrange instruction, contact a research and instruction librarian at 412-648-8866, your liaison librarian, or  e-mail


All classes are open to faculty, staff and students of the University of Pittsburgh schools of the health sciences. There is no charge and no registration is required. Seating for classes is first-come, first served until the class is full.

Classes held at Falk Library of the Health Sciences.


FlashClass is HSLS' “deal of the week” offering of one-hour classes on a variety of information-related topics such as PechaKucha, mobile apps, literature management for systematic reviews, and EndNote for experienced users.

FlashClass topics are offered each week via e-vites (e-mail invitations). You can sign up to receive FlashClass e-vites ( e-mail addresses only, please).

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