Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) Changes and PubMed Searching On-Demand
Class Experience Level

Every year, the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) are updated. How does this affect your PubMed searches? What happens when a term gets changed, added, or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy? How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches? How do you check your saved searches and alerts?

This on-demand course, offered through the NNLM Moodle platform, provides answers and allows participants to engage with exercises to practice what you learn.

This course is intended for expert searchers, and assumes that a learner understands that restricting a PubMed search to MeSH terms eliminates non-indexed records from your PubMed results, and a comprehensive search of PubMed must account for both indexed and non-indexed records. If you are unfamiliar with these concepts and are looking for an introduction to PubMed, please complete "How PubMed Works" prior to taking this course.

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Successful participants will be able to:

Describe how the MeSH vocabulary is maintained

Explain how the addition, revision, and rearrangement of MeSH terms affect your PubMed searches

Check your saved searches and alerts for needed changes

Class Details

Platform: Moodle
CE Credits: 1.50
Class Experience Level: Intermediate
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Class Contacts

Host/Instructor: Catherine Staley
Technical Assistance: Michael Tahmasian