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How PubMed® Works

How PubMed Works is a series of four 90-minute classes presented via WebEx. The individual classes are:

  1. How PubMed Works: Introduction
  2. How PubMed Works: Selection
  3. How PubMed Works: MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)
  4. How PubMed Works: ATM (Automatic Term Mapping)

Register for each class separately. 
Each class is eligible for 1.5 MLA CE credits.

All Session Objectives

How PubMed Works: Introduction

  • Understand what PubMed is and what's in it.
  • Find the original research that is the basis for a news article.
  • Find articles by a specific author.
  • Search for articles on a specific subject.
  • Narrow search results to a more specific subset
  • Explore Advanced Search Builder and Search History.

How PubMed Works: Selection

  • Describe some issues and concerns surrounding the current publishing landscape.
  • Articulate NLM responsibilities and practices in collecting and providing access to the biomedical literature.
  • Explain what is referenced in the PubMed database.
  • Describe the selection criteria for the different components of the PubMed database.
  • Find additional resources for authors and librarians on assessing publication quality.

How PubMed Works: MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)

  • Explore the MeSH Database
  • Describe a Controlled Vocabulary
  • Explore the four types of MeSH Terms
  • Locate and explain entry terms, date introduced, previous indexing, automatic explosion

How PubMed Works: ATM (Automatic Term Mapping)

  • Describe the contents of the 3 Translation Tables. 
  • Explain the order of ATM 
  • Analyze Search Details to verify term mapping.
  • Locate PubMed's list of indexed phrases
  • Describe 3 Ways to bypass ATM
Class Length: 
90 Minutes
Course Owner(s):
Rebecca Brown, MLS, AHIP, Training Development Specialist
Instructor(s):
Rebecca Brown, MLS, AHIP, Training Development Specialist
Molly Knapp, MA, AHIP, Training Development Specialist
Samuel D Watson, Academic Outreach Specialist
Continuing Education:

1.5 MLA CE Credit per each 90-minute class.

Past Classes

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Upcoming Classes

How PubMed® Works: Introduction
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
2:00pm - 3:30pm
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Instructor(s):
Molly Knapp
Registration for this session is closed
How PubMed® Works: Selection
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
2:00pm - 3:30pm
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Instructor(s):
Katherine Majewski
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How PubMed® Works: MeSH
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
2:00pm - 3:30pm
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Instructor(s):
Samuel D Watson
Registration for this session is closed
How PubMed® Works: ATM
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
2:00pm - 3:30pm
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Instructor(s):
Rebecca Brown
Registration for this session is closed
How PubMed Works: Introduction
Thursday, June 4, 2020
2:00pm - 3:30pm
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Instructor(s):
Molly Knapp
How PubMed Works: Selection
Thursday, June 11, 2020
2:00pm - 3:30pm
ET
Instructor(s):
Katherine Majewski
How PubMed Works: MeSH
Thursday, June 18, 2020
2:00pm - 3:30pm
ET
Instructor(s):
Samuel D Watson
How PubMed Works: ATM
Thursday, June 25, 2020
2:00pm - 3:30pm
ET
Instructor(s):
Rebecca Brown