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  • PubMed Journal Selection and the Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication
    NLM staff describe selection policies and procedures for MEDLINE and PubMed Central.
  • PubMed Tools and ORCIDs for Authors
    Disambiguating common author names is tough in any field — but if your published research is cited in PubMed, we can help you find your citations, create a bibliography, and share your publication list with others. We'll talk about the advantage of quickly registering for a free, unique identifier that will remain constant - even if your name changes. You will learn about NCBI tools for author disambiguation and the advantages of tying your publications together with an ORCID.

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Tutorials   4 resources 
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PubMed Tutorial (Our comprehensive tutorial on PubMed scope, content and features, including an in-depth explanation of PubMed Automatic Term Mapping (ATM).) May 2017 HTML/Tutorial Source Page
PubMed for Nurses (This tutorial was created specifically to help nurses efficiently find literature using PubMed. Its concise, targeted content consists of five videos with exercises to test your knowledge. The tutorial was designed to be completed in less than 30 minutes.) October 2015 HTML/Web Tutorial
Searching Drugs or Chemicals in PubMed (Learn to efficiently and effectively search substances in PubMed) March 2017 HTML/Web Page
The Basics of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®) in MEDLINE®/PubMed®: A Tutorial (An exploration of how Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) are used for indexing MEDLINE records in PubMed. This tutorial is intended for PubMed searchers.) March 2017 HTML/Web Tutorial
Quick Tours   35 resources 
Search Basics   8 resources 
More Searches   7 resources 
Finding the Full Text   3 resources 
Saving PubMed Records   5 resources 
Managing Results   3 resources 
Saving Searches   4 resources 
Preferences and Filters   5 resources 
Webcasts and Videos   27 resources 
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2017 MeSH Highlights (On January 27, 2017, NLM staff provided a highlights tour of the 2017 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 30-minute presentation featured a new subheading; new protein classes; additional dietary supplement concepts; changes to both the phenomena and technologies trees; and a new MeSH Browser. Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts answered questions.) February 2017 55 min. Silverlight Video/Webinar
Advanced PubMed Tips, Tricks, and Tools: MeSH (This class covers several advanced concepts in the use of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) for searching via PubMed. Topics include annual updates to MeSH, the effective use of subheadings, free floating subheadings, and commonly confused terms. This course is intended for those with at least beginning knowledge of PubMed and MeSH. To sign up for a live class, go to the NN/LM Training Office.) August 2017 95 min. Silverlight Video/Webinar
Automate PubMed Searches & Save Citation Collections with My NCBI (Would you like to have new PubMed citations for your topic of interest conveniently appear in your email inbox or quickly collect those records for further review? In this webinar at 12PM ET on Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017, you will learn how to have your PubMed searches automatically run and the results emailed to you daily, weekly or monthly. You will also learn how to create PubMed collections that you can share with others or keep privately for yourself.) July 2017 15 min. HTML/Webinar Source Page
Branching Out: The MeSH® Vocabulary (An 11-minute video provides an introduction to the scope, structure and use of the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) in PubMed.) May 2012 11 min. MP4 Video/Video Tutorial
Commenting in PubMed: PubMed Commons Trends and Tips (Hilda Bastian from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine discusses the commenting system in PubMed: PubMed Commons for the 2016 Medical Library Association annual conference. For more information, see the PubMed Commons documentation.) May 2016 17 min. MP4 Video/Video Tutorial
Crowdsourcing Post-publication Comments: How You and Your Journal Club Can Contribute (PubMed Commons enables members to post comments about publications, which appear directly below abstracts in PubMed. In this webinar, you’ll learn about how eligible individuals and journal clubs can join PubMed Commons and contribute comments. Researchers and practitioners regularly assess articles in exchanges with colleagues and in journal clubs. PubMed Commons is one place where you can make key points from those discussions public and discoverable.) July 2017 13 min. MP4 Video/Video Tutorial
EDirect for PubMed (This series of workshops introduces new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of three 90-minute sessions, you will learn how to use EDirect commands in a Unix environment to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. No prior Unix knowledge is required.) June 2017 420 min. HTML/Webinar Source Page
Finding Genes in PubMed (As part of the NCBI Minute series from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Kate Majewski presented Finding Genes in PubMed on December 2, 2015. Learn to quickly find literature about a gene of interest using PubMed and Gene database records. Leverage the vocabulary used to describe gene information in PubMed to build a better search.) December 2015 12 min. Silverlight Video/Webinar
Finding Systematic Reviews at PubMed Health and PubMed (Hilda Bastian from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine presents a brief instructional Webinar on finding systematic reviews using PubMed Health and PubMed. For more information, see the PubMed Health documentation. For additional training opportunities, see the NN/LM Training Office.) June 2016 22 min. HTML/Webinar Source Page
Get PubMed Data With E-Utilities (Mike Davidson from the National Library of Medicine presents an introduction to using e-Utilities to access PubMed data, for the 2017 Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual meeting. For more information, see https://dataguide.nlm.nih.gov/.) May 2017 19 min. MP4 Video/Video Tutorial
Insider's Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed (Want to do more with PubMed? Want to extract just the PubMed data you need, in the format you want? Dreaming of creating your own PubMed tool or interface, but do not know where to start? This is the first in the Insider's Guide series of webinars about more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with an introduction to the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. This series is geared toward librarians and other information specialists who have experience using PubMed via the traditional Web interface, but now want to dig deeper. This class will start with the very basics of APIs, before showing you how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. The class will also showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, helping to prepare you for subsequent Insider's Guide classes. We will finish by looking at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world, and hopefully inspire you to get out and put these lessons to use!) May 2017 60 min. HTML/Web Site
LinkOut Beyond Full Text: Linking to Data (LinkOut goes beyond full text, linking to the datasets as well as full text. Learn what types of data are being deposited and how the links are created in PubMed. Kathy Kwan presents LinkOut for the 2016 Medical Library Association annual conference. For more information, see the LinkOut documentation.) May 2016 22 min. MP4 Video/Video Tutorial
Linking PubMed and ClinicalTrials.gov (NCBI Minute) (ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies. Citations in PubMed that report clinical trial results have links to the original studies in the ClinicalTrials database. You will learn two ways to filter PubMed searches for publications linked to clinical trials in ClinicalTrials.gov.) May 2016 7 min. HTML/Webinar Source Page
PubMed Journal Selection and the Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication (NLM staff describe selection policies and procedures for MEDLINE and PubMed Central.) October 2017 60 min. Silverlight Video/Webinar
PubMed Rediscovered: Cool Tools That Make it Work (Kathi Canese from the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine presents an update on PubMed for the 2016 Medical Library Association annual conference. The update includes a look at some of the ways the PubMed search box is getting “smarter,” improving retrieval for new users as well as seasoned searchers. This talk also includes a preview of the PubMed Labs Journals feature and the new PubMed Data Management System which will allow publishers to quickly edit data they have submitted when errors are found.) May 2016 20 min. MP4 Video/Video Tutorial
PubMed Tools and ORCIDs for Authors (Disambiguating common author names is tough in any field — but if your published research is cited in PubMed, we can help you find your citations, create a bibliography, and share your publication list with others. We'll talk about the advantage of quickly registering for a free, unique identifier that will remain constant - even if your name changes. You will learn about NCBI tools for author disambiguation and the advantages of tying your publications together with an ORCID.) November 2017 23 min. MP4 Video/Quick Tour
PubMed for Clinicians (Health care professionals: Learn how to search for the most relevant and recent literature; explore specific clinical research areas; use filters to narrow your search; connect to full-text resources; and set up e-mail alerts for new research on your topic. The webinar includes an informative question and answer period. Supporting materials and answers to questions are available from the NCBI ftp site.) November 2016 60 min. Flash Video/YouTube Video
PubMed for Librarians: ATM (This session covers Automatic Term Mapping (ATM), the process that maps keywords from your PubMed search to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn why searching with keywords in PubMed can be an effective approach to searching. The session also covers the explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details and lastly how PubMed processes/handles a phrase. To sign up for a live class, go to the NN/LM Training Office.) July 2017 73 min. Silverlight Video/Webinar
PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search (This session of PubMed for Librarians focused on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. Explore the new filter Sidebar, topic-specific subsets, History, the advanced search Index feature and building a search using broad subject terms applied to journals in the NLM catalog. To sign up for a live class, go to the NN/LM Training Office.) June 2017 69 min. Silverlight Video/Webinar
PubMed for Librarians: Customization with My NCBI (This session covers the advantages of creating a My NCBI account, managing and manipulating your My NCBI page content using the features and options available in My NCBI, identify and differentiate available filters on PubMed’s filter sidebar, select and set up to 15 filters, and creating a custom filter. To sign up for a live class, go to the NN/LM Training Office.) July 2017 72 min. Silverlight Video/Webinar
PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed (View the recording to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a PubMed search, assess your search retrieval, analyze search details, customize with My NCBI, discover and employ three ways to search for a known citation and use the Clinical Queries search tool. To sign up for a live class, go to the NN/LM Training Office.) July 2017 71 min. Silverlight Video/Webinar
PubMed for Librarians: MeSH (Watch the recording to learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. We talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MeSH to build a search. We investigate the structure of the MeSH database and we look at the components of a MeSH record. To sign up for a live class, go to the NN/LM Training Office.) July 2017 78 min. Silverlight Video/Webinar
PubMed for Librarians: Using Evidence Based Search Features (Explore MeSH vocabulary and PubMed features that facilitate finding evidence from research. For course materials and to sign up for this or other National Network of Libraries of Medicine Classes, go to the NNLM Web site.) July 2017 79 min. Silverlight Video/Webinar
PubMed for Scientists (As part of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Webinar series, Marie Collins presented PubMed for Scientists on November 12, 2015. In this Webinar designed for scientists you will learn to more efficiently search by author; explore a subject; use filters to narrow your search; find the full text article; and set up an e-mail alert for new research on your topic. Includes an informative question and answer period.) November 2015 45 min. Silverlight Video/Webinar
PubMed: Redesigned Citation Management to Better Serve PubMed Users (Marie Collins from the National Library of Medicine presents an update on PubMed for the 2017 Medical Library Association annual conference. For more information, see PubMed updates in the NLM Technical Bulletin.) May 2017 13 min. MP4 Video/Video Tutorial
Tailor Your PubMed Search Experience with My NCBI (Are you using your My NCBI account to tailor your PubMed search experience? If not, let us show you how My NCBI uses custom preferences for dynamic PubMed results. You will learn how to automatically highlight keywords, create custom filters that can be active every time you run a search, and permanently display up to 200 items per results page. Presented June 28, 2017.) July 2017 8 min. MP4 Video/Video Tutorial
What's New in Post-Publication Activity on PubMed (Hilda Bastian from the National Library of Medicine discusses post-publication activity and PubMed for the 2017 Medical Library Association annual conference. For more information about changes to PubMed, see the NLM Technical Bulletin.) May 2017 19 min. MP4 Video/Video Tutorial
Classes   2 resources 
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EDirect for PubMed (This series of workshops introduces new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of three 90-minute sessions, you will learn how to use EDirect commands in a Unix environment to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. No prior Unix knowledge is required.) June 2017 420 min. HTML/Webinar Source Page
PubMed for Librarians (A 6-part Webinar series from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO), covering an introduction to PubMed, MeSH, Automatic Term Mapping, Building and Refining Your Search, Customizing your PubMed experience using My NCBI and Using Evidence Based Search Features.) May 2017 HTML/Web Site
Handouts   6 resources 
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Advanced PubMed Searching Resource Packet (A listing of search resources for PubMed, including subheadings and search tags.) October 2017 PDF/Pamphlet
Full Text and PubMed (A tri-fold brochure on finding full text articles when using PubMed. From the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).) June 2017 PDF/Pamphlet
Loansome Doc (A tri-fold brochure on using Loansome Doc from PubMed to acquire full text articles via Interlibrary Loan.) June 2015 PDF/Pamphlet
PubMed Basics (A tri-fold brochure providing basic search instructions for PubMed, provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).) January 2017 PDF/Pamphlet
PubMed My NCBI (A tri-fold brochure on using My NCBI with PubMed to customize your PubMed experience, from the U.S. National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).) January 2017 PDF/Pamphlet
Searching PubMed with MeSH (A tri-fold brochure on using the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) to search PubMed for biomedical journal literature.) January 2017 PDF/Pamphlet

See also:

LinkOut for Libraries Training and Educational Resources

PubMed Instructional Resources (for Trainers)

PubMed Help

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