Available Until 4/15/2026

How PubMed Works On-Demand: MeSH

For more information on this course, please contact the NNLM Training Office at nto@utah.edu.

Take this class to learn about the National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. We will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MeSH to build a search in PubMed. We will investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record. The class includes hands-on exercises.

Course URL: https://nnlm.gov/training/class-catalog/how-pubmedr-works-demand

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the MeSH Database
  • Describe a Controlled Vocabulary
  • Explore the four types of MeSH Terms
  • Locate and explain entry terms, date introduced, previous indexing, automatic explosion


This is an on-demand class designed for students to start and stop at their convenience. The module is designed to take approximately 90 minutes to complete. 

MLA CE Credit: 1.5