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Originally presented February 23, 2022

Millions of scientific journal articles are published every year and in general, health-related studies have more reach on the Internet and social media than other types of studies (2016. Pew Research Center). Some patrons are looking for a definition, others are looking to compare treatment options and more. What tools can librarians use to help their patrons find reliable answers to their more complex health questions? 

The freely available PubMed database from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, one of the National Institutes of Health, contains more than 32 million citations and abstracts from over 5,000 medical journals. PubMed is a database of citations, but links to the full text are often present when made available from sources, such as the publisher's website or PubMed Central (PMC).

In this webinar you'll learn a variety of methods to search PubMed. It can be as easy as placing a few keywords into the search box. The session provides the opportunity to do hands-on exercises to demonstrate effective search strategies. 

Click below to experience this webinar as a tutorial. When you continue past the introduction to the webinar, you'll be prompted to log in. We require login to view the whole tutorial so we can provide certificates of completion for your records and for professional development credit. No purchase is required and you can create a Niche Academy account if you don't already have one. The certificate will be available for download when you have completed all sections of the tutorial.  

 

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PubMed Essentials

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PubMed Essentials Tutorial

Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown is a Librarian by degree and a Training Development Manager for the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM). NNLM is the outreach arm of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), one of the National Institutes of Health. Rebecca creates, supports and teaches online classes about the freely available electronic resources produced by NLM to audiences across the United States and internationally. She has worked for the NNLM since 2011 and has spent the better part of 10 years teaching PubMed to librarians.

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