Available Until 5/15/2026

Using PubMed in Evidence-Based Practice*

For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Kate Majewski at NLMTrainers@nih.gov . 

When conducting research, evidence-based practice is a method for framing clinical questions that will help yield optimal search results. PubMed.gov is a free research tool from the National Library of Medicine®. This one-hour, online course will show you how to use evidence-based practice when searching clinical questions using PubMed®. 

Resource URL: https://www.nnlm.gov/training/class/using-pubmed-evidence-based-practice 

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to: 

  • Accurately and precisely describe your clinical question using PICO 
  • Convert your research question into search terms for PubMed 
  • Check that medical terms in your search map to Medical Subject Headings 
  • Use appropriate filters to refine your search results set 
  • Use Clinical Queries to limit results to clinically relevant literature 
  • Find full text linked from PubMed 
  • Identify your library as a source for full text articles 
  • Find the “My NCBI” link and recognize that as a place to store searches and citations 
  • Identify your librarian as a source for search assistance 
  • Find the PubMed Online Training page and specific tutorials relevant for continuing your training 


The course modules include: 

  • PubMed and Evidence-Based Practice (5 min.) 
  • Develop a Clinical Question (10 min.) 
  • Use PubMed to Find Relevant Articles (20 min.) 
  • Next Steps (10 min.) 
  • Scenario Practice (15 min.) 

MLA CE Credits: 1.0