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PubMed for Librarians - On Demand

Class Details

PubMed® for Librarians (PML) is an online, on-demand CE offering that allows you to participate on your own schedule. The class includes hands-on exercises and offers up to 6 MLA CE credits. Register for the class and complete whichever segments are of interest to you. There are 4 segments:

  1. Introduction to PubMed®
  2. Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
  3. Automatic Term Mapping (ATM)
  4. PubMed's Evidence-Based Search Features


Rebecca Brown, MLS, AHIP, Training Development Specialist
Continuing Education Credits: 

PubMed for Librarians - On Demand gives you the opportunity to participate in PubMed training on your own schedule. You can register for the Moodle class and complete some or all of the 4 segments. Each segment is worth 1.5 MLA CE credits. Each segment has a recording and exercises to submit. 

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed
Learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.
Describe the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE
Demonstrate how to run a basic search
Describe what terms displays in Search Details
Define MeSH, Automatic Term Mapping, search tags and subheadings
Describe several ways to search for a known citation

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH
Learn about the National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database, the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MeSH to build a search. The class investigates the structure of the MeSH database and explores the components of a MeSH record.
Locate and use the MeSH database to build a search.
Define Controlled vocabulary
Define the four types of MeSH terms.
Explain the parts of a MeSH record
Describe explosion.

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM)
Learn about how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM allows you to effectively search PubMed with keywords, explore the MeSH explosion feature, what is and isn't included in Search Details and how to search for phrases in PubMed.
Describe the ATM process
Identify the 3 ATM Translation Tables
Explain how Automatic Explosion effects search results
Explain the contents of Search Details
Describe how PubMed handles phrase searching

PubMed for Librarians: Using Evidence-Based Search Features
Explore MeSH vocabulary and PubMed features that facilitate finding evidence from research. 
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 My NCBI Filters to quickly locate specific publication types