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Chemicals, Drugs and Genetics: Searching PubMed and Beyond Online On Demand

This specialized class will help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and related NLM and NIH databases for literature information on chemicals, drugs and genetics. The course begins with searching PubMed for drug information with MeSH terms, Supplementary Concept Records (SCR), and Pharmacologic Actions (PA). Additional topics include searching related databases for drug information, chemicals and with chemical nomenclature, and lliterature related to genetics and genomics. This course assumes a strong working knowledge of PubMed including an understanding of automatic term mapping, the importance of reviewing the Details box after searches, and using the Advanced search page and the MeSH database.


By the end of this class, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between MeSH terms, subheadings, Pharmacologic Actions, and Supplementary Concept Records
  • Experience and understand when to use specific National Library of Medicine databases to search for chemical and drug information and literature
  • Work with literature resources related to genetic diseases and research
  • Identify related literature resources for additional learning
Class Length: 
6 hours
Course Owner(s):
Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP, Executive Director
Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP, Executive Director
Liz Waltman, MLIS, Outreach, Education and Communications Coordinator
Continuing Education:

6 MLA CE Contact Hours

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Chemicals, Drugs, Genetics: Searching PubMed and Beyond Online On Demand
On Demand
Tony Nguyen, Liz Waltman