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Online Tutorials and Training: PubMed

Use these online resources to learn more about specific subjects, gain greater searching expertise, and discover new tools and software.

Why PubMed?

PubMed includes tens of millions of citations from the biomedial literature, including the fields of health, life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering.

Use this Guide on the Side tutorial to practice using PubMed.


PubMed offers robust filter options and categories. Learn more about how to use these filters to improve your search.


My NCBI is a powerful PubMed tool that allows you to save articles and searches, customize your PubMed experience, and even create your bibliography to be used in your NIH Biosketch! 

To create a MyNCBI account, click on the Sign in to NCBI link on the upper right corner of the PubMed page (this appears on the homepage, as well as on the search results page).


Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) are controlled vocabulary terms that help PubMed improve your search. This video describes how MeSH works, and the benefits and limitations to using it in your search.

Save Articles & Searches

Save the most relevant results from your search to your NCBI account to easily retrieve them later.

Advanced Search Techniques

This video demonstrates how to create your search in PubMed using more advanced techniques.

Set Alerts

Want an easy way to stay up-to-date on the latest research in your field? Set an alert using your My NCBI account and receive notifications of new literature published in your field of interest, as often as you'd like!