Biomedical Databases & Library Research Techniques
Use these tutorials to learn how to perform library research or search MEDLINE and other biomedical databases.
- MEDLINE Tutorials
- PubMed Tutorials
- CINAHL Tutorials
- Web of Science Tutorials
- Evidence Based Medicine Tutorials
- NLM Databases and Information Sources Tutorials
- EndNote Tutorials
- Medical Subject Headings - MeSH
- Library Research Techniques
- Evaluating Internet Sources
MEDLINE is the premier database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the pre-clinical sciences.
Ovid Tutorial - Interactive tutorial from Ovid designed to familiarize you with the core functionality of Ovid's search software. Scroll down to "New tutorials for Ovid SP".
MEDLINE Search Instructions - Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, George Washington University
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.
PubMed Online Training - includes a link to the full tutorial (below), as well as "quick tours" using short, animated tutorials on how to search PubMed® most effectively, including managing results, saving searches, subject terms in MeSH, as well as links to other supporting resources.
PubMed Tutorial - the full web-based tutorial (also linked from the page above) which provides in-depth instruction on how to get the most out of PubMed. Note it uses the Adobe® Flash™ player, which can be downloaded from the link on the page, but it can be viewed without. Estimated time to complete the entire tutorial is one hour, but users can choose individual modules separately.
Searching CINAHL using CINAHL/MeSH Headings (3:32 minutes)
CINAHL Advanced Searching Tutorial (3:36 minutes)
Searching Nursing Reference Center Plus (2:56 minutes)
Web of Science Tutorials
Web of Science Tutorials - A list of several training modules from Thomson Scientific including basic searching, cited reference searching, refining and analyzing searches and many more.
Evidence Based Medicine Tutorials
Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Resources - Biomedical Libraries, Dartmouth University
Evidence-Based Medicine Tutorial - SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine - Duke University Medical Center Library and Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill
National Library of Medicine Databases and Information Sources Tutorials
Interactive Health Tutorials - MEDLINEplus and Patient Education Institute
PubMed Tutorial - National Library of Medicine
My NCBI Tutorial - National Library of Medicine
Distance Education Program Resources - A list of several PubMed Flash tutorials from the National Library of Medicine including searching PubMed, My NCBI and MeSH.
EndNote Tutorials - Video tutorials from Thomson ResearchSoft
Introduction to Endnote X7 for PC - Health Sciences Library, Sharon Murphy (47 minute tutorial - .mp4 format)
What is EndNote? What it can do for you? (90 second video)
EndNote Sync (13 minute YouTube tutorial showing how to sync references in an EndNote desktop library to an online library, and then to a second desktop computer)
NOTE: We do not recommend opening and/or using an EndNote library from a cloud service like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Sharepoint. You can keep a backup copy or share a compressed copy of your libraries, however before you open and use them, we recommend you copy the files to another location on your computer.
Medical Subject Headings - MeSH
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) (12 minutes runtime) - Video introduction by the National Library of Medicine on the development, structure and use of the MeSH vocabulary. Of interest to searchers of MEDLINE/PubMed.
Library Research Techniques Tutorials
Classic Catalog Help - University Libraries, University at Buffalo
Boolean Searching (Basics) - University Libraries, Colorado State University
Truncation - University Libraries, Colorado State University
Plagiarism - What it is & How to avoid it
Evaluating Web Pages Checklist:Questions to Ask Web Search Results
from UC Berkeley
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask
from "Finding Information on the Internet: a Tutorial", UC Berkeley, Teaching Library Internet Workshops
Five criteria for evaluating Web pages
from the Olin & Uris Libraries at Cornell University
Last update: 18 December 2015