MedlinePlus vs. PubMed: your health wins

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Primary contact information...
National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region
600 Newton Road
Iowa City IA , 52242
United States
Jacqueline Leskovec is the primary contact.
Phone: 319.353.4479
Region: Midwest

Description: Are you new to consumer health and/or health sciences librarianship? Do you wish to provide health information services to consumers, health professionals or health professions students via free health information resources and not sure where to start? This 1-hour in-person or online class provides an introduction to MedlinePlus and PubMed: two free, online databases from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Learn the best uses of these databases, how they interact with each other, and whom to contact when you need help.

Experience Level: Beginning
CE Contact Hours: 1
Professional Competencies: Health Sciences Information Services
Subject: Consumer Health, New Librarian, Research
Course Type: Face to Face, e-Learning, RML Offerings

Educational Objective: Participants will:​ *Learn how to access MedlinePlus and PubMed​ *Learn to differentiate between the primary uses for MedlinePlus and PubMed​ *Learn basic navigation of MedlinePlus and PubMed, including their components​ *Know whom to contact with questions about these and other NLM/NIH resources


Overview of MedlinePlus and MEDLINE/PubMed

Need for This Course: Both PubMed and MedlinePlus are available online to anyone with a computer and an internet connection. PubMed is the National Library of Medicine's citation database of professional literature while MedlinePlus is directed toward health care consumers. For public librarians or others who are not sure which database is best for their health information needs, this class is a good place to start. The class was requested by the Iowa Library Association (ILA) Health Sciences section and presented in 2016 at the ILA Annual Conference.

The instructional methods used include Slides.

Facility Requirements: PowerPoint presentation online via WebEx; laptop/projector for in-person.

Additional Evaluation: Slide handout.

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