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Research4Life Training

This training is supported by the Elsevier Foundation 2014 New Scholars and Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program


Entree: Choice of:

Chicken Salad on Mixed Greens

 with a Yogurt-Creole Mustard Dressing & Whole Grain Toast Points


Louisiana Rubbed Kale, Roasted Roots & Strawberry Salad

with Toasted Pecans, LA Citrus Vinaigrette

Each includes both sides & sweet things:

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Smashed Cucumbers with Torn Mint

Something Sweet

Fresh Fruit with Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Local Golden Turmeric-Honey Cookies

Also Provided:

Decaf & Regular Coffee with accoutrements

Rosemary-Mint Iced Tea with Optional Ginger Simple Syrup

Bottled Water

Come to the Training with PubMed knowledge and skills

Basic PubMed Skills Workshop

I have observed in other R4L trainings that they are library-centric. They assume novice-level PubMed skills.  For this reason, I am offering a PubMed for R4L Training workshop this Friday, February 22  at noon at our School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Cama; Street. Room 1201.  

Specifically, you need to have both knowledge and skills about PubMed;

  • Advantages and Disadvantages
  • How to develop a search strategy
  • Difference between a keyword and subject search (MESH in PubMed)
  • Search construction
  • Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT)
  • Database features to make your subject more ‘findable’ (i.e. proximity searching)
  • Types of sources: primary, secondary and tertiary

For each item, rate yourself

1 = I don’t have a clue

2 = I can use it but I would like help

3 = I can use it on my own

4 = I can teach other people about it.

If your score is between 6  - 12, then you need some training prior to the class in order to reduce stress and improve concentration during the workshop.


If you cannot come to the workshop, please view the series of PubMed tutorials 





Quick Tours

Search Basics

PubMed Simple Subject Search

August 25, 2017

2 min(s)

MP4 Video/Video Tutorial

PubMed Simple Subject Search: How it Works

August 25, 2017

2 min(s)

MP4 Video/Video Tutorial

PubMed:Exploding the Medical Subject Headings (MESH)

August 25, 2017

3 min(s)

MP4 Video/Video Tutorial

PubMed: Find Articles by Author

August 25, 2017

2 min(s)

MP4 Video/Video Tutorial

PubMed: Find Articles by Journal

August 25, 2017

2 min(s)

MP4 Video/Video Tutorial

PubMed: Find a Known Citation

August 25, 2017

3 min(s)

MP4 Video/Video Tutorial

More Searches


Nov.25, 2016

2 min(s)

HTML/Web Tutorial

Use MeSH to Build a Better PubMed Query

Dec.19, 2018


Flash Video/YouTube Video

Advanced Search Builder

Nov.25, 2016

2 min(s)

HTML/Web Tutorial

Managing results

Changing Your Default Display Settings: Recommended settings are

Dec.17, 2018

2 min(s)

Flash Video/Quick Tour

Common Preferences: Change highlighting from bold to a bright color

PubMed Preferences: Change Result Display Settings to Abstract, 200, and Best Match

DRAFT Program

HINARI/Research4Life Programs* & Internet-based Information Resources for Professionals in Low and Middle- Income Countries
Thursday, February 28: Access to Literature /HINARI/Research4Life & Internet Resources




8:30-9:00 AM

Registration, Group photo, Opening Ceremony

Pre-Workshop Survey

9:00-9:45 AM

Module 1 Research4Life Preview


    9:45-10:30 AM    HInari Portal: Journals, Books & Other Resources

10:30-11:00 AM

Coffee/Tea Break

11:00-12:00 AM

Module 3: Summon Search Engine for R4L Programs

Practical exercise


Module 3: How to Use HINARI/PubMed

Practical exercise

12:00-1:00 PM


1:00-2:00 PM

Module 4: How to Use Hinari/PubMed

Practical exercise

2:00-3:00 PM

Module 5: Internet Resources for Low Income Countries

Practical exercise

3:00-3:15 PM

Coffee/Tea Break

3:15-4:00 PM


Friday, March 1, 2019: Inclusion in Literature / Author Skills

9:00- 9:45 AM

Module 6: Author Skills

Practical exercises

  Research4Life Training & Marketing  
    9:45 - 10:45 AM

     Module 7: Hinari and Research4Life training         material

   Group exercises: Scenarios (participants develop workshop programs)

10:45-11:00 AM


11:00 - 11:45 AM      Marketing and Advocacy Toolkit     Group exercises: Marketing tool (Spreadsheet)
11:45 - 12:30 PM     Q&A/Evaluations  


Why is Research4Life training important?

Most institutions in low- and middle-income countries are registered, yet administrators and users are neither aware of it nor have the user name and passwords to access it. This training creates awareness and provides knowledge and skill to find, access, organize and use scholarly information. Providing this training during the pre-professional phase of  career development is very important. After international students matriculate and return home, they become unaffiliated with academic health science libraries (i.e. the Matas Library), and their access to scholarly information and the opportunity to learn about Research4Life diminishes. For professionals, the information landscape has changed dramatically. This is an opportunity for them to both develop 21st century library skills and learn about Research4LifeI. The event is a continuing education opportunity for local health science librarians.

Citation Managemetn/Authorship skills

Pre-workshop survey

Even though the survey title is "2016", it is the correct survey. Please take it before February 27. Thank you

Promotion materials

Help us promote participation among your colleagues! Below is a .txt message for your social media pages, a poster and the flyer.

Help developing-country partners gain access to and produce evidence-based information!  
Training objectives: This training creates program awareness prior to departure for an in-country experience. Through instruction and exercises, learners will be able to: 
Access to Literature/HINARI
Research4Life/Internet Resources
Inclusion in Literature / Author Skills
Research4Life Training & Marketing
Date/Time: Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 8:30am - 4:30pm and Friday, March 1, 2019 | 9:00 am—12:00 pm 
Who: The ideal participant is planning to work in low or middle-income countries, areas and territories and those professionals serving them.
Place: Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine | Tidewater Building: 1440 Canal Street | Room 1208
Registration is Free!  | Food Provided | Register here:
Further details, including registration, are available at:
It is important to bring a laptop to participate in exercises during the workshop.
For more information contact Elaine R. Hicks, Resource, Education and Public Health Librarian |
This training is supported by the Elsevier Foundation 2014 New Scholars and Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program
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