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The NOAA Central Library's Library Instruction Program is designed to help you understand how to best use the resources provided by the library. We realize that many of the tools we provide access to are not intuitive and the most effective ways of using them are not always obvious. We offer a number of services to help you get the most out of our resources.

If you have any questions or comments about the Library Instruction Program, contact Mary Lou Cumberpatch.


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Library Instruction Sessions

Discover the best ways to navigate the libraries' web sites, how to search databases, access e-journals, set up email alerts, develop an Endnote database, tour our special collections, and more. Contact Mary Lou Cumberpatch to set up an individual appointment or to set up a more formal briefing for your program or office staff.


Upcoming Sessions

Social Network for Scientists: ResearchGate

Date:Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 12:00 - 12:30 PM EDT

Trainer:Mary Lou Cumberpatch, NOAA Central Library


For remote access via webinar, please fill out the registration form a few minutes before the meeting is scheduled to begin. The Meeting Number is 742656968; the Passcode is brownbag. For audio in the US and Canada, dial 866-833-7307. The participant passcode is 8986360.

Library Tips and Tricks: ResearchGate

Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 12-12:30 PM EDT

Trainer: Mary Lou Cumberpatch, NOAA Central Library

Abstract: Research GAte and ORCID: no, it's not about flower gardens! is a social network

Free to anyone.

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Online Tutorials

We provide access to a number of databases to help you find scientific, technical, and legal information. We also provide access to citation software that helps you keep track of and create citations to the articles, web resources, books, and reports that you find.

In order to help you make the most of these materials, we also provide access to online tutorials on the following tools available to you through library subscriptions.



Proquest Databases

Proquest is a platform of databases that allows you to search for journal articles and conference proceedings in the aquatic, biological, environmental, meteorological, and toxicological sciences. The databases accessible through Proquest for NOAA staff include Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), COS Conference Proceedings, Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA) and Water Resources Abstracts.



LexisNexis includes major newspapers, law journals, legislative histories, international news, intellectual property records, industry and market reports, and more. Available to all NOAA staff nationwide at via user id and password. Contact your NOAA Library for more information. If you are a patron of the NOAA Central Library, contact the Reference Desk. For a list of NOAA libraries click here.


ISI Web of Science

ISI Web of Science is a collection of databases indexing thousands of leading journals in the sciences. The database also tracks the web of citations between articles, allowing you to view both the articles cited by a particular article and the articles that cite that article. Our current subscription allows access to journals from 1984 to the present.

  • The Web of Science - Science Citation Index Expanded - Training Page offers links to online tutorials, quick reference cards, and more.



Westlaw is a specialized database of primary law, legal analysis and litigation materials.


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EndNote X7 (desktop and web)

NOAA has a site-wide license for the bibliographic management tool Endnote. This tool helps you keep track of and create citations to the sources you use and create bibliographies.

Information on how to download is on the NOAAA Google Sites EndNote page.

To download ENDNOTE X7, please contact your Line Office Rep:

Extensive training resources are available on the Endnote website

Endnote Web accounts can be set up using the User Registration page. Note you must be using your NOAA computer to create an authenticated log-in.

For more information and "at your desktop" tutorials, contact Mary Lou Cumberpatch.


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Library Tours

Come join us for a tour of the library and our Special Collections Room, which holds such unique items as a collection of Civil War era maps and charts created by the Coast and Geodetic Survey, a 1485 Latin Transcription of Hippocrates' work on climate and human health, and more.

To set up an individual or group tour of the library, contact Mary Lou Cumberpatch.

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