Training is one of the pillars of EMBL’s mission statement and it is an equally important value to the strategic planning of the Szilard Library. The aim of our training program is to provide our scientific staff with skills related to the search, recall and organization of information resources.

Training sessions are offered either on a one-to-one basis or in the form of videos and webinars on

Reference Managers: EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero

Literature & Citations Databases: Web of Science, Incites Benchmarking & Analytics, EuropePMC

The one-to-one courses are offered every Wednesday at 10:30am and 2:30pm.  Contact us to book your slot. More information on the topics covered by each course and on the external training resources you can find below.

The one-to-one sessions are also made possible to our colleagues to the non-Heidelberg duty-stations.


Reference Managers


EndNote X8

EndNote is a reference management software package, available for desktop and online use. This course will show you how to create a library, search and add references from online databases, find and import full text articles, organize and share references, insert and edit citations and format bibliographies. EndNote makes the writing simple. Course duration is 1 hour.

External resources are available:

How to Use Endnote X8 – Windows (5:01)

EndNote X8: A Class Recording– Windows (58:37)

How to Use Endnote X8 – Macintosh (5:19)

EndNote Online: A Live Class Recording (1:07:36)



Mendeley is a reference manager and academic social network. It offers a desktop application, a web library and a mobile application. It helps you to discover and download new resources, organize, store and annotate your papers, create and update citations and bibliographies. It enables you to promote yourself to scientific community by having a research profile and it supports online collaboration. Course duration is 1 hour.

Getting Started With Mendeley (5:37)



Zotero is, at the most basic level, a reference manager,  easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. More broadly, Zotero is a powerful tool for collecting and organizing research information and sources. With its features, Zotero can be the hub of all your project group's research, communication and organization. Course duration is 1 hour.

Using Zotero (12:15)

Zotero Mac video tutorial (17:27)

Literature and citation databases


Web of Science

Web of Science is a platform consisting of several literature search databases designed to support scientific and scholarly research. The Web of Science platform connects the Web of Science Core Collection to regional citation indexes, patent data, specialized subject indexes, and an index of research data sets, totaling over 33,000 journals. The course will help you to perform simple, cited reference and advanced search, analyze the results and access the journal citation reports. Course duration is 30 minutes.

Web of Science – Search tips (5:38)

Web of Science – Journal Citation Report (5:29)

Web of Science – New Features 2018 (4:16)


Incites Benchmarking & Analytics

InCites Benchmarking & Analytics is a customized, web-based research evaluation tool that can help you develop your research strategy. InCites B&A allows you to analyze institutional productivity, monitor collaboration activity, identify influential researchers, showcase strengths, and discover areas of opportunity. Course duration is 30 minutes.

InCites Benchmarking & Analytics: Quick Tour (4:53)


Europe PMC

Europe PMC is a free biomedical repository and partner in PubMed Central International. Learning objectives are basic understanding of Europe PMC, search Europe PMC for biomedical literature by topic and author and advanced search options for building complex queries, how to set alerts for your topic to stay on top of the published literature. Course duration is 30 minutes.

Europe PMC: Quick tour

Effective Literature Research with Europe PMC (45:10)

Europe PMC: get the most from literature searches (25:37)