OHSLA Fall 2020 Meeting

PubMed Tips for Expert Searchers

When: Friday, November 6th at 10 am

Where: Virtual Course via Webex

Continuing Education Credits: 2

Course description, the course handout, and the PowerPoint slides

NNLM Training Development Specialist Rebecca Brown presented a 2-hour webinar covering advanced concepts for effective searching via PubMed. The course was intended for those with at least an intermediate knowledge of PubMed and MeSH. 


  1. Explain the content of the PubMed database (MEDLINE, PMC, Bookshelf) and how this relates to MeSH indexing.
  2. Locate and identify the available fields in the Advanced Search Builder
  3. Explain how to build a search using the Advanced Search builder
  4. Locate and use MEDLINE Resources Guide to assist with field searching
  5. Construct a search strategy to narrow results to human-related studies
  6. Identify useful subheadings 
  7. Employ free-floated subheadings in a search
  8. Employ pharmacological actions to include drug groups in your search.

The Objectives for the class were identified with input from OHSLA members. If you aren't already a member we invite you to consider joining OHSLA for additional collaboration, publication, networking, and problem solving opportunities as part of a vibrant community that shares your values and goals. 

Preparation for the Course:

The session was focused on the needs of advanced users. Additional resources for skill building:

The OHSLA Fall Business Meeting was held separately on Friday, November 13th at 10 am.

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