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PubMed Tips for Expert Searchers

Class Details

This class is offered in Webex.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National, NTO
Nov 6, 2020
10:00AM ET
Rebecca Brown, MLS, AHIP, Training Development Specialist
Continuing Education Credits: 

This 2-hour webinar covers advanced concepts for effective searching via PubMed. This course is intended for those with at least an intermediate knowledge of PubMed and MeSH.


  1. Explain the content of the PubMed database (MEDLINE, PMC, Bookshelf) and how this relates to MeSH indexing.
  2. Locate and identify the available fields in the Advanced Search Builder
  3. Explain how to build a search using the Advanced Search builder
  4. Locate and use MEDLINE Resources Guide to assist with field searching
  5. Construct a search strategy to narrow results to human-related studies
  6. Identify useful subheadings 
  7. Employ free-floated subheadings in a search
  8. Employ pharmacological actions to include drug groups in your search.

The Objectives for this class were identified with input from the Ohio Health Sciences Library Association (OHSLA).