Class Type: Literature Searching

Searching for Drug Information

This advanced class presupposes knowledge of basic PubMed searching. It will be offered online via Zoom.

The class will provide an overview on using HSLS and NLM resources. The class will discuss database searching for drug information, as well as uses for drug encyclopedias such as Micromedex to search for specific properties of drugs. Resources for clinical and research use of drugs will be included. Sources for Drug Evidence Alerts, calculations and interactions will also be covered.

This class is a pilot.  A general handout will be provided, but copies of the PowerPoints will not be offered.

Searching PsycINFO

This workshop covers the basics of searching PsycINFO using the ProQuest search system. Produced by the American Psychological Association, PsycINFO includes articles, books, chapters, dissertations, and other resources related to mental health research.

Finding Information in Support of Health Equity Research

After taking this class, participants will be able to:

  • Use subject headings and keywords to search for a specific population in a database
  • Describe methods that could be used to search for health equity research using a combination of subject headings and keywords
  • Build a search strategy to find citations to inform your research project

Class materials will be made available to class attendees. This class will not be recorded.

Advanced PubMed

This class provides an in-depth look at PubMed's indexing and search structures. You will learn how to narrow and focus search queries. Techniques for building complex search strategies will be demonstrated. Some pre-class work may be required.

Class materials will be made available to class attendees. This class will not be recorded. 

Six Strategies for Effective Database Searching

Librarians spend a lot of time searching online databases -- and not just PubMed! We can generally sit down with a new database and run a pretty good literature search within a very short amount of time. Why? It's because we have learned generalizable skills that can be used in our research databases (and we also practice the skills every chance we get).

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the broad structure of databases and why it is important to know
  2. Describe the elements of a good research question
  3. Incorporate a set of generalizable skills when developing searches in online databases.

A link to class materials will be provided during the class; an email will be sent to participants after the class with the link as well.

Save & Customize Your Searches in PubMed

Save & Customize Your Searches in PubMed
My NCBI is a multifaceted tool that allows you to customize PubMed features. In this class, you’ll learn how to:
• save PubMed searches and results
• set up an e-mail alert to automatically receive new articles on your topic
• set predefined filters for searches and display formats
• enable the automatic highlighting of search terms in your search results for easier browsing
• create and maintain a personal bibliography to track all of your publications
Familiarity with PubMed will help you get the most from this class.

Painless PubMed

This one hour workshop, highlighting the new version of PubMed, is designed to quickly introduce or update you about searching in the PubMed database. Offered bi-weekly, the topics include: building an effective search strategy, efficiently locating full text articles, and setting up your personal MyNCBI account. Need information for a grant application or a homework assignment? This painless one hour session offers a quick cure!

This class will not be recorded.

Trim Down Your Search: Focusing PubMed in on a Topic

PubMed is a great tool, but it assumes you don’t know what you are doing and modifies your search to increase retrieval. Learn how to get control of PubMed and whittle away at extra results for a slimmer, more focused result set.