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Making PubMed Work for You

Class Details

This class will give you a basic introduction to PubMed, the primary health science research database from the National Library of Medicine. You’ll hone your searching techniques and learn strategies to take advantage of the PubMed interface. We'll discuss how PubMed might be used by public librarians, public health practitioners, health professionals, and more.

This class is also eligible for 2.5 hours of MLA Continuing Education credit. Make sure to register below to receive login information on the day of the session!

Please note: This class is intended for those with little to no experience with PubMed. Those looking for a more in-depth course on PubMed should check out the PubMed for Librarians webinar series (

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Jul 31, 2018
12:00PM - 2:30PM CT
Sarah Miles, MLIS, MA, Health Professions Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 
This class is now closed to registrants.

This class is intended to hone basic searching techniques and the ability to develop search strategies that will take advantage of the PubMed interface to MEDLINE. The course will explore various methods for searching the PubMed system. Topics covered include Automatic Term Mapping, Search Results, Similar articles, My NCBI, Searching with MESH, Journal searching, and Single Citation Matcher. This course will provide an overview of the system and demonstrate utilizing the features of PubMed to search effectively. The 3.5-hour in person version of the course provides the attendees with hands-on opportunities to practice their search techniques. The online course through an online course management system is four weeks. 


Participants will be able to:

  • Understand how PubMed translates the user's query into a MEDLINE search.
  • Be able to explain the interrelationship of the various files PubMed uses to create its interface to MEDLINE.
  • Formulate a search using PubMed that yields bibliographic retrieval relevant to the search query.
  • Utilize the various search options and interfaces available in PubMed to refine searching.
  • Understand the basic functions of features in PubMed.
  • Learn about resources to receive current information about NLM systems and acquire materials useful for MEDLINE searching.