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PubMed for the Rest of Us: Searching the Medical Literature for the Non-Expert

Course Description

This class covers basic searching; easy techniques for developing complex search strategies; PubMed's special features, such as Limits and the Clipboard; the Journals Database; the Single Citation Matcher; and MyNCBI. It also covers how to obtain full-text copies of articles. (3 MLA CE)


Learn how to search MEDLINE using PubMed. This includes:

  • Basic Searching
  • Using Limits and field searching
  • The Single Citation Matcher and the Journals Database
  • How to order full-text copies of the article
  • Save and store searches using MyNCBI

Course Materials

Continuing Education

Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 3 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association (MLA). This course is on the list of approved courses for the MLA Consumer Health Specialization Program (

Greater Midwest Region

Holly Ann Burt, Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator, ,

Midcontinental Region

Dana Abbey, Health Information Literacy Coordinator/Colorado, Health Information Literacy Coordinator/Colorado,

Barbara Jones, Network Membership and Missouri Liaison, ,

Marty Magee, Nebraska and Education Coordinator,

New England Region

Michelle Eberle, Consumer Health Information Coordinator,

Pacific Northwest Region

Carolyn Martin, Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator,

Pacific Southwest Region

Kay Deeney, Educational Services Coordinator, ,

Kelli Ham, Consumer Health and Technology Coordinator, ,

South Central Region

Karen Vargas, Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator, ,

Southeastern Atlantic Region

Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, ,

Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, ,

Original Author

Jo-Ann Benedetti MA, MLS, AHIP, Manager of Information and Outreach Services at the Upper Hudson Library System in Albany, NY.