Available Until 10/4/2024

Building Reference Skills for Nursing and Allied Health Research*

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

This class is designed for library staff who support, or want to support, nursing and allied health professionals. This class will provide an introduction to the professions of nursing and allied health and NLM databases used by health professionals. The class concludes with you developing your own plan on how to use this information in your own work. 

Course URL: https://nnlm.gov/training/class-catalog/building-reference-skills-nursing-and-allied-health-research

Learning Objectives:

After taking a 3 week, asynchronous online Moodle course, librarians providing information services to nurses and AH professionals will be able to:

1. Connect NLM resources to user needs when asked a reference question from a member of the nursing allied health population.

For example :

  1. when asked about research literature uses PubMed
  2. Consumer health questions uses MedlinePlus
  3. Drug info uses DailyMed, MedlinePlus Drugs, LactMed
  4. When asked about quality improvement or health indicators uses Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries

2. List ways librarians can support the information needs of their own nursing / AH audience, when asked to reflect upon how they can improve library services to N/AH in their particular work environment


Week 1: Introduction

  • book
  • forum post: consider nursing and allied health audiences you might encounter in your work. Which audiences could you, or do you serve? Write at least 75 words. 

Week 2: Databases

  • Book
  • Knowledge checks 1-4
  • Tutorial: PubMed for Evidence Based Practice

Week 3: Final Project

  • Professional Development Plan

MLA CE Credit: 4