Workshop on Literature Searching and Reference Management Using Zotero/Endnote

Dates: Mar 18th – 20th , 2019 (Monday to Wednesday).


Literature searching training: a systematic approach is a 3-day workshop that will introduce you to methods for developing systematic searches that will allow you to retrieve relevant information to inform your systematic review, health technology appraisal, guideline or project.

Our course will teach you how to retrieve relevant published medical literature for your project whilst keeping the number of retrieved articles manageable and show you a sound methodological, reproducible approach.

Delivering this workshop will be Information Specialist from the Prof BV Moses Centre for Evidence Informed Healthcare and Health Policy (BVMC), Christian Medical College, which hosts the Cochrane South Asia Centre  who have extensive experience in literature searching and finding evidence to inform guidelines and systematic reviews.

There will be presentations, demonstrations, practical exercises and an accompanying workbook which will also contain extra useful resources. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and you are encouraged to send suggestions in advance for discussion.

What you will learn.

This workshop will cover how to:

  • translate your question in to a search
  • select appropriate resources
  • search databases
  • use reference management software
  • adapt/update searches


By the end of the workshop, the participants should be able to:

  • run reproducible and transparent searches for identifying evidence to answer a specific question
  • record results and strategies for a review, guideline or technology appraisal
  • demonstrate and explain the search approach to end users and project sponsors

Who should apply?

This workshop is suitable for all healthcare professionals (multidisciplinary) and specialties, information professionals and anyone who requires this skill in their role.

Venue:   IRB Meeting Room, Christian Medical College, Bagayam,Vellore

Duration: 3 days,  Mar 18th – 20th, 2019,  Monday to Wednesday,   9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Cost: INR 5000/- (Inclusive of GST)  per person for healthcare professionals from educational and healthcare institutes.

INR 10,000/- (Inclusive of GST) per person for industry sponsored participants. 

Registration click here

Cancellation charges : In case of cancellation of registration,  25% of administrative charges will be deducted and the remaining alone will be refunded.

While filling the online registration form, please submit the details of your NEFT transaction number.  NEFT Detailed pdf is attached with the registration form

* Participants from CMC: Please transfer the registration fees to the Cochrane South Asia account number 22P145  and forward the copy of the letter sent to the Treasuer to

Course faculty : Jabez Paul Barnabas, Information Specialist, Cochrane South Asia.

·        Installation of the following software in your personal laptops would be useful during hands-on exercises :

o    Zotero Standalone (for Google Chrome, or any browser of your choice)  + browser extensions

o    Endnote Software ( If you have a licensed software)

o    Signing up in advance with the pubmed and the Cochrane

During the workshop

·         Lunch and refreshments would be provided on all days.

·         The registration charges do not cover travel and stay arrangements, which would be the individual responsibility of the participants. Please see the following section on accommodation in external guest houses that are near the workshop venue.

·         Please bring your own laptops for hands-on practice on all days. Convenient charging points would be available. Laptops with 10-11 inch screen-size are NOT ideal for convenient handling of these software, though they do work; bigger screen sizes would be preferable.

·         Arrangements would be in place to provide wireless internet access at the workshop venue (password protected access- permits only one device per person). Connecitivity might not be dependable at all times. Participants are encouraged to bring personal modems/dongles for internet connectivity.

·         For transport assitance from the nearby Railway Station (Katpadi) or the Nearest Airport (Chennai) please email EJ Paul at


      The following are the suggested options for accommodation close to the workshop venue. Participants are requested to directly cotact these guest houses for further information and booking as per availability. 

     Anand Bhavan :  This is a private guest house, about 5 minutes' walk from the workshop venue. For booking enquiries, please contact Ms Desmond @ +919894065469 or via email at  Based on room availability, you might be required to make advance payment of the booking charges (INR 500 Per day) to Ms. Desmond’s Bank account.

VMS Lodge - 10 min walk from CMC Medical College, Mobile No :+91 9152797198

Other hotels @ Vellore

Darling Residency – 4 km from venue

khanna Fiesta - 4 km from venue

Hotel Surabhi International – 4 km from venue

Baby Residency – 4 km from venue

Hotel Palm tree – 6 km from venue

Hotel GRT Sameera – 10 km from venue

Hotel Benzpark - 10 km from venue

Vanavil Veedu - 5 Min walk from CMC Medical College

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