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Advanced PubMed Techniques

This PubMed class will cover a number of advanced concepts that librarians can add to their PubMed toolkit. Upon completion of the session, attendees will be able to describe: the order of Automatic Term Mapping and the implications on searching; Author searching; Finding drug information to treat diseases; Pharmacologic action terms; Coordinating MeSH terms (like the Indexers do) to focus a search; Tools for finding Evidence Based Medicine in PubMed; Identify systematic reviews; Phrase searching and Customizing their My NCBI account. This session uses a mixture of lecture, demonstration, hands-on exercises.

Objectives: 
  1. Students will be able to describe the order of Automatic Term Mapping and how it can affect search results
  2. Students will be able to describe the format of the two Author Indexes
  3. Students will understand how to format author names in order to run an efficient author search
  4. Participants will be able to explain the meaning of pharmacologic action [PA] as used in the MeSH database
  5. Participants will be able to describe when to use a [PA] term versus a [MH] term 
  6. Participants will be able to describe how to build searches to find citations about drugs to treat diseases
  7. Participants will be able to describe specific indexing techniques that can be used to search for citations about cancer.
  8. Students will be able to explain how study design is indexed in MeSH to assist with identifying  systematic reviews
  9. Students will be able to describe the location of and how to use the phrase index
Class Length: 
4 hours
Course Developer(s):
Rebecca Brown, MLS, AHIP, Training Development Specialist
Instructor(s):
Rebecca Brown, MLS, AHIP, Training Development Specialist
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