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Training and support

Library and database workshop opportunities. Some are already offered in the English language, while others are available in English upon request.

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All in-person events at the Charité Medical Library are cancelled until further notice.

The online learning offers are of course still available.


Workshop: Introduction to search literature with PubMed (de) - now online!

We show you:

  • how to search most effectively in the premier medical bibliographic database MEDLINE, through the search interface PubMed.
  • how to find print and electronic books, journals, and journal articles in the Library Portal Primo.
  • which other subject specific databases there are (for instance LIVIVO, Web of Science, CINAHL, Cochrane, Embase), and what their strengths are.
  • how to reach the full text from your search results.
  • how to save search results and export them into reference management tools.

In English upon request. In German, twice a month. See the latest dates in our events calendar.

Workshop: How to Publish Open Access Journal Articles (de, en)

The Medical Library is offering workshops on Open Access in the English language or in German. Current dates are to be found in the calendar of events.

Aimed at: The workshop is suitable for both scientists and students at the Charité.

Contents: Besides the fundamentals of Open Access, this two hour workshop also offers practical demonstrations of important databases.

The workshop covers:

  • Different options when publishing Open Access: the green and gold routes
  • Expectations from publishers and funders, including:
    - Versions: Pre-print, Post-print, Publisher pdf
    - Embargos
    - Creative Commons Licenses
  •  Article Processing Charges or fees from the publisher and how to negotiate over these
  •  Funding through the Charité OA Publication fund
  •  Selection of a suitable OA repository for archiving.

Workshop leader:

Jenny Delasalle, OA Envoy at the Charité, is a professional librarian with over twenty years of experience in supporting researchers. At the University of Warwick she was the founding manager of the institutional repository and set up one of the first open access publication funds in England. More recently, she has worked as a freelancer for universities, publishers and software vendors and joined the Open Access team of the Charité Medical Library in January 2018, originally in a different capacity. 

Workshop: Open Data (de, en)

The BIH QUEST Center is offering workshops on open data, in the English language or in German. Current dates are to be found in the BIH events calender.

Aimed at: The workshop is suitable for both scientists and students at the Charité and the BIH.

Contents: This three-hour workshop provides an overview of the free availability of data (open data) and includes practical exercises on the PC. The workshop will answer the following questions:

  • What is open data and why is it important to share data?
  • How do I choose a suitable repository for archiving?
  • How do I ensure that my data is easy to find and accessible?
  • How do I ensure that my data are also re-usable in the long term?
  • How can I consider privacy aspects?
  • How do I search for useful data sets and how do I quote them?

Speaker: Dr. Evgeny Bobrov is a consultant for open data and research data management at the QUEST Center of the Berlin Institute of Health. He advises on the provision of biomedical data and is an advocate for open data. Previously, he was a brain researcher and then a laboratory manager at the Charité, and so has first-hand knowledge of research practice, including about the obstacles that sometimes hinder data sharing.

MedBib Compact – Introduction to the Library (de)

Course in  German

The 45-minute course "MedBib compact - Introduction to Library" presents the library, its website, registration and lending, on-site holdings and digital holdings as well as the library catalogue Primo. Afterwards there will be a short guided tour through the library.

Please bring your own laptop with you so that you can take part in the research exercise. Eduroam and guest WiFi access are available. It is also possible to work on your own research questions.

Target group: The course is aimed at all those who would like more detailed information about services from the Charité Medical Library .

Book an appointment

If you would like to participate as a group (5-20 participants), you can also make a separate appointment with us. In this case, please contact


Introduction to the library for first semester students - now also as video! (de)

In this video, first-year students get an inside look at the library's service offerings, particularly the Primo library portal. The presentation introduces the services during the COVID 19 pandemic. (Update: Summer semester 2020/21)

Links in the video

Slide: Further online offers
E-journals (7:06 minutes)
Databases (7:25 minutes)
Online learning services (7:38 minutes)

Slide: VPN access
VPN application (8:35 minutes)

Slide: Where to find all library services?
Website of the Medical Library (9:27 minutes)

Slide: Links (10:10 minutes)
Website of the Medical Library
Library portal Primo
Booking of reading and workplaces (currently not possible)
Ordering books
Library user regulations of the Medical Library
Access to electronic resources

Online Learning

Cochrane Interactive Learning: Conducting an Intervention Review (en)

Online introductory course on systematic reviews, from Cochrane is available campus-wide.

Systematic reviews are a critical tool to translate the exponentially growing amount of published and unpublished biomedical evidence into a transparent synthesis of knowledge for clinical practice and research.

Important aspects of systematic reviews are increasingly often already taught and practiced through courses. The Charité Medical Library has therefore licensed the modular online course Cochrance Interactive Learning.

The Charité is now the first institution in Germany with a campus-wide access to this online course. Students (and anyone else who writes, reads, or commissions systematic reviews) have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with PICOS, systematic search, risk of bias, meta analysis, GRADE, and the entire process of systematic review via flexible self-study.

The registration process is simple. You register with your Charité e-mail address. Afterwards, you can use the product anytime and from anywhere.

First you have to register with Cochrane. Enter your name and your e-mail address. Subsequently, a link will be sent to your e-mail address where you complete the registration process.

Next go to Cochrane Interactive Learning. In Module 2, click "Register here for access". If you are in the Charité network, institutional access will be recognized. You must accept the terms and conditions and then register for free.

As a doctoral course, you can earn up to 1.3 credit points for completing the modules through the doctoral program. (More information about Cochrane Interactive Learning as a PhD course can be found on the intranet.)

If you have problems accessing Cochrane Interactive Learning then please contact:

If you have questions about Cochrane Interactive Learning then please contact:

+49 30 450 576 160

Henry Stewart Talks – The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection (en)

In Henry Stewart Talks, leading scientists from the life sciences and biomedical fields present the latest developments as well as the fundamentals in online seminars.

The films and presentations are designed for both self-study and educational use.

Henry Stewart Talks are updated monthly. For information on new topics, visit Recently Added Series & Talks.

The Quick Tutorial video informs about:

  • Content of the Henry Stewart Talks
  • Navigation on the website
  • search and filter functions
  • monthly updates
  • registration for remote access outside the Charité
    (also via mobile devices)

Access details:

  • Within the Charité network (on-site or via VPN).
  • Outside the Charité network and on mobile devices via Shibboleth (Log In Via Organization) with Charité email address and Charité password.

Complete Anatomy learning platform

Figure shows a skull, including cervical spine with the lymphatic system.
Explore the intricate structures of the lymphatic system, including lymphatic vessels, nodes and organs.

The Complete Anatomy learning platform is initially available for the Charité.

It offers interactive anatomy courses with digital3D models of the body.

The centre of "Complete Anatomy" is an interactive anatomy atlas, which allows you to isolate individual body regions. Views of the body can be customized by selecting one or more of twelve body systems such as muscles, bones or nerves. The anatomical model can be displayed on a flat real surface using the augmented reality mode.

"Complete Anatomy" runs on mobile devices (Android and iOS) and on notebooks and PCs (Windows and macOS).

There are several access options. To register, please follow the instructions of the PDF documents. 

In addition, there is an Educator License for instructors. Please contact us if you are interested in this license.

Other offers

The library offers introductions and library tours for groups in their first semester.
We also offer training on special databases and topics for interested groups. Simply make an appointment with us!

Free training courses on the use of EndNote and other literature management programs are also available: