Online Tutorials


PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 26 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals. Be sure to use “PubMed @UCSF” to take advantage of UC-eLinks (links from PubMed to full text journal articles held by UCSF).
PubMed Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine (NLM)
PubMed Tutorial on using MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) – MeSH is NLM’s controlled vocabulary used to index articles in MEDLINE/PubMed


UC-eLinks connects PubMed citations to full text journal articles held by UCSF. It also links UC systemwide catalog holdings to determine if the library owns a particular item in print or electronic format.
California Digital Library (CDL) Tutorial to learn more about UC E-links


My NCBI saves searches and results in PubMed to your personal account. It also features an option to automatically update and e-mail search results from your saved searches. My NCBI includes additional features for highlighting search terms, filtering search results, etc. Note: To use My NCBI, your Web browser must be set to accept cookies and to allow pop-ups from NCBI Web pages.
PubMed Tutorial to learn how to set up an NCBI account

Blaufuss Heart Sounds and Cardiac Arrhythmias Tutorials

Blaufuss Heart Sounds and Cardiac Arrhythmias Tutorials. Online tutorials walk you through cardiac examination/ heart sounds and electrocardiogram/ arrhythmias with pictures, sound, animated images, virtual patients and quizzes to test your knowledge. Developed by Blaufuss Medical Multimedia Laboratories.


RefWorks is a web-based reference management program that is available for free to UCSF staff, residents, medical students and faculty. Click here for a list of frequently asked questions, including information on what it does, a comparison with EndNote, how to sign up, etc.

Refworks Tutorial 

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