Since my October 2009 entry about the updated PubMed information resources created by the medical library community, Beth at the Indiana University School of Medicine has created & shared some of the clearest and most concise video tutorials I have seen to date about PubMed. I asked her if I could cover them in my blog and she happily agreed. Thanks so much, Beth!
Beth created a series of 3 minute tutorials on Screenjelly, which can be embedded but (unlike some other video options) are great quality when enlarged to full screen by hovering the mouse over the bottom right of the video and clicking Fullscreen view. The screen capture above sort of got what to look for. Also note the clear buttons to share videos via Twitter (Tweet), Email and Facebook, and clicking Share provides URLs and embed codes.
Below is my favorite way to explain the concept and organization of controlled vocabulary using Diddy and pants at the Gap as examples she then carries forward to explain Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).
The video links in sequential order, content does build somewhat but all are good individual reference points, are
- Main PubMed layout & differences from the old one
- Single Citation Matcher and the search box
- Parts of a PubMed record
- Controlled Vocabulary Part 1 (go Diddy!)
- Controlled Vocabulary Part 2 (Diddy meets MeSH)
- Searching for MeSH to then search PubMed
- MeSH terms to search in PubMed, Display & Send To features
- Advanced Search – History, Details, Limits, Additional Fields
- Topic Specific Queries – especially for Public Health