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Making PubMed Work For You - Online On Demand Online

Class Details

This class is offered continuously on demand. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Ashley Cuffia at

Class Date:
Region/Office: National, SEA
Nov 20, 2017 to Jan 31, 2018
Ashley Cuffia, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Class Instructors

Ashley Cuffia, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator

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. This is an on-demand class, so it is at your on pace to complete it.

If you are interested in taking this course, please contact the instructor Ashley Cuffia


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.

Course Developer

Ashley Cuffia, MLS, AHIP, NNLM SEA Consumer Health Coordinator