Available Until 4/30/2025

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 class is made up of 10 units that include very short videos, exercises and quizzes. Students must complete the 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 10 videos and completing the embedded exercises, librarians will have gained a solid knowledge of the scope of PubMed and how to run a PubMed search that retrieves relevant citations. In addition, librarians will be able to help health information consumers locate connections to medical journal citations in PubMed from a MedlinePlus health topic page.


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. What is in PubMed?
  2. Find articles on a topic
  3. Subject search: How it works
  4. Find articles from a citation
  5. Find articles by an author
  6. Find articles by journal
  7. Get the full text of an article
  8. Find the latest treatments for a disease or disorder
  9. Save searches and set email alerts
  10. Help consumers find research in PubMed using MedlinePlus

MLA CE Credits: 1