Available Until 10/31/2028

Making PubMed Work for You*

For more information or to schedule this course, contact: Patricia J. Devine, devine@uw.edu.

This hands-on class (online or in person) is intended to hone basic searching techniques and the ability to develop effective search strategies that will take advantage of the PubMed interface to MEDLINE.

Site URLhttps://nnlm.gov/classes/work

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:Understand how PubMed translates the user's query into a MEDLINE search. Be able to explain the interrelationship of the various files PubMed uses to create its interface to MEDLINE. Formulate a search using PubMed that yields bibliographic retrieval relevant to the search query. Utilize the various search options and interfaces available in PubMed to refine searching. Understand the basic functions of the features in PubMed. Learn about resources to receive current information about NLM systems and acquire materials useful for MEDLINE searching.


Agenda for 3.5 MLA CE Credits

I. Introduction to PubMed - 15 minutes
General Information 
PubMed Overview 
PubMed Home Page 
II. Searching PubMed - 30 minutes
Entering Search Terms 
Automatic Term Mapping 
Navigating Your Search Results 
Display Options 
Retrieval Options 
Document Ordering 
III. PubMed Features - 30 minutes
Search builder 
Break - 15 minutes
IV. Practice Session - 25 minutes
IV. Related Articles & Links - 5 minutes
V. My NCBI - 15 minutes
VI. Advanced Searching - 35 minutes
MeSH & MeSH Database 
Boolean - AND, OR, NOT 
Search Field Abbreviations 
Journals Database 
Single Citation Matcher 
VII. Practice Session - 30 minutes
VIII. Wrap-up - 10 minutes

Facility Requirements  
Computers, Internet access

MLA CE Credits: 2.5 & 3.5 in person and 2.5 & 3.5 online