PubMed and the Evidence-Based Universe


This course will provide an overview of evidence based research and practice. We will cover definitions of terms, hierarchies of quantitative and qualitative evidence, formulating an evidence-based question, developing effective search strategies in PubMed to identify appropriate citations, and introduce the concept of critical appraisal of the evidence.


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

  • Understand the concepts in evidence-based research and recognize how to ask effective answerable questions
  • Understand the difference between types of studies and the related literature and be able to use these correctly in search strategies
  • Identify areas of future study

Course Materials

Continuing Education

This class has been approved by the Medical Library Association for 2 and 4 contact hours of CE credit. MLA Course Listing.

Original Author

Holly Ann Burt, MLIS, Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region.


PubMed and the Evidence-Based Universe Instructors

Middle Atlantic Region

Michelle Burda, , , Kate Flewelling, ,

Pacific Northwest Region

Patricia Devine, , ,

Southeastern Atlantic Region

Tony Nguyen, ,

Course Developer

Patricia Devine, MLS, Network Outreach Coordinatorr at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR).