[PSR-News] Distance Learning class- Making PubMed Work for You!
kdeeney at library.ucla.edu
Wed Jun 30 15:13:51 PDT 2010
We have two kinds of PubMed class offerings today. One is an in class experience (see previous message), the other is via distance learning.
Here's the info about the online class:
PSR will be offering the Making PubMed Work for You ONLINE Workshop starting in early July. This online class is mainly for beginners to PubMed and for library assistants and technicians who would like to learn more about searching PubMed. It is based on an in person class, but it is taught through a course management system, Moodle. There are no required online meetings. Attendees work on the class at their convenience. The course itself can be completed over 3-4 weeks.
We are trying something different this time. Last year when we offered the course, we received an overwhelming number of applicants! We taught the course twice, but some people who registered never completed the course. This year, in order to allow more folks to take the course, we are going to stagger when people take the course. We are offering it over the next few months.
Each week there is about an hour or so worth of work to complete. Participants will participate in discussions, run searches, and view PowerPoint presentations, videos and websites at their convenience. When they have completed all the assignments, and have submitted the evaluation, they will be awarded MLA Continuing Education credits.
Making PubMed Work for You ONLINE Workshop
This online class is intended to hone basic searching techniques and the ability to develop search strategies that will take advantage of the PubMed interface to MEDLINE. The course will explore various methods for searching the PubMed system. Topics covered include Automatic Term Mapping, Search Results, Related Citations, My NCBI, Searching with MeSH, Journals Database, and Single Citation Matcher. This course will provide an overview of the system and demonstrate utilizing the features of PubMed to search effectively.
Participants will be able to:
1. Explain the interrelationship of the various files PubMed contains to create its interface to MEDLINE.
2. Recognize how PubMed translates the user's query into a MEDLINE search.
3. Formulate a search using PubMed that yields bibliographic retrieval relevant to the search query.
4. Utilize the various search options and features available in PubMed to refine searching.
5. Review the basic functions of the sidebar features in PubMed.
6. Identify at least three functions of PubMed's My NCBI.
7. Develop a plan to keep up-to-date about changes to PubMed.
This course is eligible for 3.5 MLA Continuing Education credits.
Priority will be given to network members in the Pacific Southwest Region. Attendees will need to have access to a computer and the Internet.
To register, go to
The course will start in early July. After you register, you will receive an email with information on how to access the course and your beginning date.
If you have any questions, you can contact me.
Kay Deeney kdeeney at library.ucla.edu<mailto:kdeeney at library.ucla.edu>
NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region
UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
Box 951798 310-206-0525
LOS ANGELES CA 90095-1798
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