Available Until 4/15/2026

How PubMed Works On-Demand: Automatic Term Mapping*

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

Take this on-demand class to learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM lets you search PubMed effectively with keywords. The class also looks at the 3 translation tables used to map your search terms, the automatic explosion feature, what is and isn't included in Search Details and several ways to search by author name and how to search for phrases in PubMed.

Course URL: https://www.nnlm.gov/training/class/how-pubmed-works-automatic-term-mapping-demand

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the contents of the 3 Translation Tables. 
  • Explain the order of ATM 
  • Analyze Search Details to verify term mapping.
  • Locate PubMed's list of indexed phrases
  • Describe 3 Ways to bypass ATM


The on-demand Moodle class takes approximately 90 minutes to complete and is designed for students to stop and start at their convenience.

MLA CE Credit: 1.5