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Library Training Modules

Library instruction series to improve evidence-based practice and research skills among students, faculty and staff of ATSU

Module Description

The PubMed & MeSH tutorial module will introduce the concepts of research within the Evidence-Based framework. This introduction will include: what constitutes evidence, the 5 stages of evidence-based practice, the graded levels of evidence, and how to format a clinical/research question. PubMed, a database of biomedical literature, and MeSH, the controlled vocabulary thesaurus used for indexing articles for PubMed, will be introduced. PubMed advanced search strategies with MeSH and PICO terms will also be demonstrated. 

Goal: Participant will demonstrate a basic understanding of the levels of evidence and how to search for evidence within the PubMed database. 

No prior research experience is required to attend. It is recommended that participants attend modules in the order listed to build their skills incrementally. 

Participants are encouraged to bring questions related to assignments and research projects. 

Please take a moment to review the Module Prep Activities prior to the Module Training. 

If you require any access accommodations or would prefer to meet 1:1 with a librarian:

Module Objectives

Participants in the PubMed & MeSH: Search for Evidence Module will:

1. Summarize an introductory understanding of the levels of evidence within medical literature by defining the evidence pyramid.

2. Summarize an introductory understanding of the 5 stages of the evidence based process by defining the stages.

3. Demonstrate an introductory understanding of the use of MeSH to search for evidence within the PubMed database through a practice search.


Module Prep Activities

This prep activity is a way to help you become more familiar with the topics to be discussed during the module. While viewing the tutorial, keep track of any questions you may have, and feel free to ask them during the module. Aspects of this tutorial will be reviewed within the module. 

Evidence Based Practice: A library guide outlining the 5 step process of EBP