Help Sheets and Tutorials

This page includes help sheets and tutorials on a variety of topics. Some of the materials were created by the librarians at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library and others were created by other individuals. 


Searching Skills

Controlled Vocabulary, PubMed, and Ovid (Video 5:49 mins) – After reviewing this video, you should be able to: understand the difference between keywords and controlled vocabulary, know when to use keywords versus controlled vocabulary, and list the differences between PubMed and Ovid interfaces when it comes to using controlled vocabulary.  

Google, Wikipedia, and Accessing Full Text (Video 6:24 mins) – After reviewing this video, you should be able to:  determine the best times to use Wikipedia and Google, and successfully access full text articles via Google Scholar. 


PubMed Online Training – This page links to commercially produced tutorials from the National Library of Medicine. These tutorials cover a variety of topics related to searching PubMed. 

NCBI Accounts (PubMed) Help Sheet – My NCBI can be used to create a personal account with NCBI databases, such as PubMed. You can use My NCBI to save searches, create auto-alerts, set commonly used filters, and more.  

PubMed Searching Help Sheet - PubMed contains over 26 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. This help sheet contains instructions for searching the database using MeSH and keywords. 

Ovid MEDLINE Searching Help Sheet - Ovid is another interface that can be used to search the MEDLINE database. MEDLINE contains over 26 million citations and focuses mainly on the health sciences. This help sheet contains instructions for searching the database using MeSH and keywords. 


Web of Science Searching Help Sheet - The Web of Science provides seamless access to the Science Citation Expanded®, Social Sciences Citation Index®, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index™ enabling users to search current and retrospective multidisciplinary information from high impact research journals throughout the world. This help sheet provides instructions for basic searching in Web of Science.


EndNote is a software program that helps you organize references and create properly formatted bibliographies. References can be imported from online databases or can be typed in by hand. EndNote works with Microsoft Word to produce bibliographies and embedded references in hundreds of available styles. EndNote also makes it easy to change the style of your references. The following help sheets and links will assist you with learning how to use the software to carry out these features.  

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