PubMed Essentials*

For more information about this course, contact: Rebecca Brown, nto@utah.edu.

PubMed is a free resource that provides access to MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine's database of citations and abstracts in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, and pre-clinical sciences. If you’re new to PubMed or just want a refresher this online class is designed for you. The course covers the basics and progresses through a few advanced topics about retrieving systematic reviews and treatment citations.

The class is made up of 13 units that include very short videos, exercises and quizzes. Students must complete certain activities before moving on to the next unit. The class gives you the chance to explore PubMed at your own pace with guided tours and exercises. Instructor feedback is available. The class is offered in Moodle, the NNLM's course management system.

Course URL: https://nnlm.gov/training/class-catalog/pubmed-essentials-demand

Learning Objectives

After viewing the 13 video modules and completing the embedded exercises, librarians will be able to help health information consumers locate connections to medical journal citations in PubMed from a MedlinePlus health topic page. Upon completion of the class, students will have gained a solid knowledge of the scope of PubMed and how to run a PubMed search that retrieves relevant citations.

  1. Students will be able to define the scope of PubMed
  2. Students will be able to build a basic PubMed subject search
  3. Students will be able to find a known citation by citation elements, author name or journal
  4. Students will be able to obtain the full text of an article using filters
  5. Students will be able to obtain the full text by identifying their local library and library subscriptions
  6. Students will be able to locate and apply the systematic review filter
  7. Students will be able to explain the scope of the PubMed systematic review filter
  8. Students will be able to apply the Clinical Queries Clinical Study Category to narrow a search to relevant records on treatment
  9. Students will be able to locate the MeSH database
  10. Students will be able to explain MeSH automatic explosion
  11. Students will be able to identify all terms automatically included in a search when mapped to MeSH
  12. Students will be able to locate the link to My NCBI and create an account
  13. Students will be able to locate the “send-to” Collection menu after running a PubMed search
  14. Students will be able to send selected items to a new Collection
  15. Students will be able to describe how to make a collection public
  16. Students will be able to run a search, create an email alert and save a search 
  17. Students will be able to locate specific journal titles.

Agenda

This class is taught in Moodle, the NNLM's online course management system. Students will progress through the 13 units at their own pace and must complete certain activities before moving on to the next unit. 

  1. Go from MedlinePlus to PubMed journal citations
  2. What’s the scope of PubMed?
  3. Basic subject search
  4. How does subject searching work?
  5. Find a known citation
  6. Find articles written by a specific author
  7. Search for a specific journal title
  8. Obtain the full text of an article
  9. Find a systematic review
  10. Find latest disease treatments
  11. Build a search using MeSH
  12. Create a Collection
  13. Save a PubMed Search

MLA CE Credits: 1