PubMed: The Tutorial
This tutorial was developed by Assako Holyoke, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.L.I.S.
and Gregg Clark, Ph.D. at the Saint Louis University Medical Center Library
To work through the tutorial
follow the links at the bottom of the page and/or the instructions
the text. If you want to skip from one section to another, use the
navigation links to the left. However,
be aware that questions for the quizzes and final exam will be taken
from anywhere within the
In this tutorial, emphasis will be given to
the use of
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), developed by the National Library of
Medicine (NLM). MeSH are a
distinctive feature of PubMed and are the
most effective means to retrieve the vast majority (>90%) of
biomedical article citations indexed in PubMed.
At some points you will be able to interact with
content on the page and this will be denoted by the presence of a green
box with instructions, like this:
- Click on the History tab above to access the History page search box
In addition, at various points red boxes will be
present to indicate explanatory text, like this:
- Linked MeSH
terms, used to label and index article citations, are displayed along
with other labels.
Open a second browser window and link to PubMed
from the link on the MCL home page (http://www.slu.edu/libraries/hsc/index.html).
Practice what is shown in the tutorial with the live
PubMed search interface to
reinforce what you are learning.
Start the tutorial with the link below and
discover the power of PubMed.
Enjoy and have fun learning!