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PubMedŽ for Librarians: MeSH

Class Description | Agenda

90 minutes

Class Description

Due to extremely high demand for this class, a recording from the most recent session can be viewed on the NTC website.

PubMed for Librarians is made up of five 90 minute segments. These five segments will be presented via Adobe Connect and recorded for archival access.

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.


This is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about the National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. We will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search. We will investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.

Prerequisite: Familiarity with PubMed



  • MeSH database
  • Controlled vocabulary
  • Four fundamental MeSH types
  • Entry terms, date introduced, previous indexing, explosion

Current training opportunities for this class:

Date Site RML/Center Register
December 8, 2015
3:00 PM ET
Online National Library of Medicine Training Center Register
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