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 will be presenting a 2-hour webinar covering advanced concepts for effective searching via PubMed. This course is 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.


Please note that the class is currently full. If you are an OHSLA member and would like to attend please contact the instructor, Rebecca Brown (, and send her your name and email address to be added to the course. If you don't already have an NNLM account, please create one before reaching out to Rebecca.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from NNLM with the login information you will need to access the course on Nov. 6th. NNLM emails sometimes go to Spam, so be sure to check your email spam filter if you don’t get a registration confirmation. You will not be able to access the course without the NNLM login link.

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:

To ensure the Nov. 6 class remains focused on the needs of advanced users,  registrants should remind themselves of the content that is already covered in existing PubMed training before they attend the advanced class.  There are multiple options to prepare for the advanced course:

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

The meeting link was sent out through the GMR-OHSLA listserv. If you did not receive it or have
questions please contact Ximena Chrisagis

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