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Tutorials for PubMed, MeSH and MyNCBI: MyNCBI

Basic and advanced tutorials

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PubMed is among the suite of  databases and tools serving all levels of biomedical research at the National Library of Medicine. 

MeSH is short for Medical Subject Headings, the thesaurus of headings and subheadings used in indexing journal articles in PubMed. 

MyNCBI is a tool for customizing your PubMed display, saving and sharing collections, and setting up alerts..

National Library of Medicine (U.S.) is a branch of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).  


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MyNCBI - How do you want to customize PubMed?

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Librarians offer quick lessons

PubMed offers many online training resources but few are highly recommended and fully applicable to our needs at Life West.

Until we discover or create suitable  tutorials, please see your librarian for a quick lesson on these convenient features:

  • Manage Custom Filters in MyNCBI for search results  
    You can link to preferred subsets of your search results
    You can specify almost any kind of subset, such as Age Group 
  • Manage Custom Filters in MyNCBI for source of full text
    You can add a link to show which articles are available at Life West Library, and which are free
    You can set the library's icon to display in the Abstract view of citations

  • Manage Collection Settings
    You can keep a collection private or make it public to share with colleagues

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