Posted on behalf of Cheryl Rowan.
Over the past thirteen months I have had the privilege of working as a Trainer/Curriculum and Content Specialist with the NN/LM National Training Center (now National Training Office). During this time, one of my primary roles has been to provide training on PubMed and I have learned more than I ever thought possible about this amazing resource from the National Library of Medicine. I’ve learned about ATM (not to be confused with an Automated Teller Machine!), automatic explosion, MeSH, EOYP, conveyor belts, supplemental concepts, the NLM catalog, and much, much more.
At the “end of the day,” so to speak, I’d like to offer my unsolicited version of Top 5 Things to Know about PubMed:
1) PubMed currently provides access to more than 26 million citations from biomedical literature – 26 million!!! That’s an awful lot. And, it’s all paid for by our tax dollars, which makes access to PubMed “free” to anyone, anywhere in the world who has the Internet.
2) PubMed is “smart.” In fact, there are so many awesome algorithms and other programming wonders which work behind the scenes that I can get really good results for a search with just using basic search terms, at least most of the time.
3) There is a large team of really smart people who work at NLM to make sure that PubMed keeps running 24/7 to provide the best possible results for any search.
4) There is an almost infinite variety of ways to do a search in PubMed, and very few that are absolutely the “right” way. Collaborating with colleagues provides insights into ways of doing a search that I may not have ever thought of.
5) here will always be more to know about PubMed!
Finally, NLM and the NTO offer a wide range of tutorials, webinars, and online classes on PubMed. Take advantage of this great training and remember, there’s always more to learn!