PubMed® for Librarians

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Primary contact information...
National Library of Medicine Training Center, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah
10 North 1900 East
Salt Lake CIty UT , 84112
United States
REBECCA BROWN is the primary contact.
Phone: 801-587-5673
Resource URL:
Region: All

Description: PubMed for Librarians is a series of 90 minutes segments presented online via Adobe Connect and recorded for archival access. The consists of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on exercises. Topics covered are: 1) Introduction to PubMed; 2) MeSH; 3) Automatic Term Mapping; 4) Building and Refining Your Search; and 5) Customization – My NCBI; 6) Using Evidence-Based Search Features. Each segment is meant to be a stand-alone module designed for each user to determine how many and in what sequence they attend. The segments are designed to take 1.5 hours each and, if the live session is attended, along with any pre-requisite work completed, will earn 1.5 MLA Continuing Education hours.

Experience Level: Beginning
Continuing Education Experience: None
CE Contact Hours: 9 total(1.5/segment)
Professional Competencies: Health Sciences Information Services
Subject: NLM Databases
Course Type: e-Learning, Hands-on, RML Offerings

Educational Objective: Segment 1: Introduction to PubMed. By the end of the session students will be able to: Explain about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE; Run a PubMed search and assess search retrieval; Analyze search details; Customize with My NCBI; Discover and employ three ways to search for a known citation; Search using the Clinical Queries search tool. Segment 2: MeSH. By the end of the session students will be able to: Recognize the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search; Explain the structure of the MeSH database and the components of a MeSH record. Segment 3: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM). By the end of the session students will be able to: Describe Automatic Term Mapping (ATM); Explain why searching with keywords in PubMed can be an effective approach to searching; Describe the explosion feature Analyze search results and describe what is and is not included in Search Details; Describe how PubMed processes/handle finds a phrase Segment 4: Building and Refining Your Search. By the end of the session students will be able to: Use the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively, including the Filters Sidebar and topic-specific subsets. Build searches and explore topics efficiently using History, the NLM catalog and the Index. Segment 5: Customization – My NCBI By the end of the session students will be able to: Describe the advantages of creating a My NCBI account; Manage and manipulate their My NCBI page content using the features and options available in My NCBI; Identify and differentiate available filters on PubMed’s filter sidebar; Select and set up filters; Create a custom filter. Segment 6: Using Evidence-Based Search Features The class will explore Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing study design and how they work in PubMed, introduce 3 PubMed products that facilitate evidence based searching, and demonstrate how to customize My NCBI Filters to quickly locate specific publication types.


Each agenda item is taught with a brief explanation followed by a demonstration of the skill and hands-on exercise.

Module 1: Introduction to PubMed - 1.5 Hour – 1.5 CE
•	PubMed vs. MEDLINE – differentiation (5 minutes)	
•	How to conduct a simple search (10 minutes)	
•	Assess the search results (5 minutes)
•	Analyze Search Details (10 minutes)
•	Customization using My NCBI (10 minutes)
•	Search by known citation – author, title, journal (10 minutes)

Module 2: MeSH – 1.5 Hour – 1.5 CE
•	MeSH database (15 minutes) 
•	Controlled vocabulary (15 minutes)
•	Four types of MeSH terms (10 minutes)
•	Entry terms, date introduced, previous indexing, explosion (20 minutes)

Module 3: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) – 1.5 Hour – 1.5 CE
•	ATM Defined (5 minutes)
•	Translation Tables (15 minutes)
•	Subject 
•	Journal 
•	Author
•	Explosion (10 minutes)
•	Search Details (5 minutes)
•	How terms are processed (10 minutes)
•	Phrase searching (15 minutes)

Module 4: Building and Refining Your Search – 1.5 Hour – 1.5 CE 
•	Narrowing your search using filters sidebar (15 minutes)	
•	Topic specific filters (15 minutes)
•	History (15 minutes)
•	Coordinating search terms (45 minutes)

Module 5: Customization - My NCBI - 1.5 Hour – 1.5 CE 
•	Summarize the advantages of using PubMed when signed in to My NCBI (5 minutes)
•	Create a My NCBI account – Advanced (5 minutes)
•	Explain how to manage & access My NCBI page content (5 minutes)
•	Explain where and how to customize your account (5 minutes)
•	Classify the features and options available in My NCBI by illustrating how to: (15 minutes)
•	Save a search 
•	Set up an automatic email alert for a saved search
•	Create collections
•	Utilize the My Bibliography feature
•	Identify and Differentiate between available filters in PubMed
•	Select filters (10 minutes)
•       Topic Specific Queries
•	Create a custom filter (10 minutes)

Module 6: Using Evidence-Based Search Features - 1.5 Hour - 1.5 CE

•	Explore MeSH vocabulary and PubMed features that facilitate finding evidence from research
•	Define “evidence” in the context of literature searching for clinical medicine
•	Explain how study design is indexed in MeSH
•	Explore PubMed Clinical Queries
•	Explore NICHSR Comparative Effectiveness Research Query page
•	Explore PubMed Health
•	Customize myNCBI Filters to quickly locate specific publication types

Need for This Course: Participants taking the NTC hybrid class "PubMed for Trainers" have requested a basic PubMed class. Those who were unable to attend in-person have request an online-only class.

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Slides, Discussion, and Hands-on Exercises.

Participant Materials: Associated hand-outs and WebEx recording after the session

Facility Requirements: The class will use an online web conferencing system with free audio.

Additional Evaluation: None.

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