Third-Party PubMed Tools


The freely available PubMed API (application programming interface) makes it possible for programmers from outside of the National Library of Medicine to develop alternatives to for searching NLM’s vast database of biomedical journal literature citations. This three-hour workshop will introduce several popular and free third-party PubMed tools, comparing and contrasting them with the interface. Through case studies, group exercises and hands-on practice, participants will become familiar with the strengths and limitations of search tools such as PubGet, Quertle, eTBlast and others. This workshop is intended for intermediate and advanced PubMed searchers.


Participants will be able to:

  • Use and teach others about the latest updates to
  • Name and develop appropriate search strategies for at least three third-party PubMed tools
  • Identify situations in which searching with a third-party tool would be beneficial
  • Stay current with new developments related to third-party PubMed tools

Course Materials

Continuing Education

This class has been approved by the Medical Library Association for 3 or 4 contact hours of CE credit. MLA course listing: Third-Party PubMed Tools.


Course creator: Alison Aldrich, Technology Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region (PNR)


Third-Party PubMed Tools Instructors

Course Developer

Elizabeth Kiscaden, Associate Director, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region