University of Southern California

NCBI Field Guide Workshop

Sponsored by USC Norris Medical Library and the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) instructors Dr. Peter Cooper and Simin Assadi will present "A Field Guide to GenBank and NCBI Molecular Biology Resources" at the USC Health Sciences Campus. The field guide provides a comprehensive overview on major NCBI databases and software tools, including GenBank, RefSeq, ENTREZ, BLAST, Cn3D, Map Viewer, genomes, etc. Spanning two days, it will consist of a lecture (3 hours, single session) and a hands-on workshop (2 hours, multiple sessions).

Major Topics Covered

  • GenBank database: description and scope
  • NCBI derivative database: RefSeqs
  • Database searching using ENTREZ, Neighboring and Links
  • NCBI structures resources: the Molecular Modeling Database (MMDB) Structural Alignments/visualization tools VAST and Cn3D, etc.
  • Similarity searching using NCBI BLAST, PSI-BLAST, RPS-BLAST
  • NCBI genomic resources:
    • Complete microbial genomes in ENTREZ
    • Higher genome resources, including UniGene, UniSTS, dbSNP, Map Viewer, the Human, Mouse and Rat genomes, etc.

A complete course description is available at

Workshop Evaluation

Please take this short and anonymous evaluation upon the completion of the workshop. Your input will help us design future workshops on NCBI bioinformatics resources.

Schedule, Location and Workshop Registration

Due to space limitation, registration is required. To register, please select from the available workshop sessions and then follow the corresponding registration links

NCBI Field Guide Workshop at USC-HSC, Part One - Lecture (only one session available)

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Aresty Auditorium, LG 501, Harlyne J. Norris Research Tower (NRT), USC Norris Cancer Center, USC Health Sciences Campus

Registration Link for the lecture Map and Directions to the Aresty Auditorium (.pdf)

NCBI Field Guide Workshop at USC-HSC Part Two - Computer Workshops (choose one of the five sessions)

Norris Medical Library Computer Classroom, Upper Level (NML), USC Health Sciences Campus

Thursday, February 21, 2008 Friday, February 22, 2008
12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Class Full 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. No Longer Available
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Class Full 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Registration Link
  1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - No Longer Available

For further information, contact:

Pamela Corley, MLS, Research Support Librarian, (323) 442-1125 or pcorley (at)
Yi-Bu Chen, PhD, Bioinformatics Specialist, (323) 442-3309 or yibuchen (at)

Revised 11/20/08


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