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 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.
CINAHL Support Center - for help of all kinds
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 (EBM) Resources - Biomedical Libraries, Dartmouth University
Evidence-Based Medicine Tutorial - SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Evidence Based Practice Tutorial for Nurses - Penn State University Libraries
Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine - Duke University Medical Center Library and Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill
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
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.
BISON Catalog Help - University Libraries, University at Buffalo
Advanced Boolean Searching - University Libraries, Colorado State University
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: 14 August, 2012