QMed Knowledge Foundation

Literature Searching and Reference Management Courses

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About Quality Medical(QMed) Knowledge Foundation

As a health science student or professional, there is always a need to stay updated with the latest research and research syntheses and apply it to patient care. Your basic medical education provides the fundamental background knowledge but does not teach you to search medical information in a systematic manner.

QMed identified the need to train health science students and professionals to search medical literature from various online databases and cite it correctly. Since our inception in 2007 we have delivered more than 400 lectures and conducted around 240 workshops in health science institutions/events across India reaching out to over 20,000 participants.

Vision of QMed

The long term vision is to help create better professionals out of today's health sciences students.

QMed is happy to present three e-learning courses:

  • Mastering PubMed – Basics
  • Mastering PubMed-Advanced
  • Reference Management with Mendeley


The world believes that Online Searching is “the” easiest way of getting any information. There is an information overload on the World Wide Web today. Most people are confident about searching online. Alarmingly few actually know how to.

This course is intended to help medical students, academicians, practitioners and other learners to integrate best practices in searching medical literature from PubMed.

It is a matter of concern that students and professionals of health sciences are wasting hours in searching, missing important results and making do with whatever they find. It is also a matter of concern that most are still manually typing ciations and bibliography lists in their publications. QMed’s courses teach the principles of online searching, methods of correct searching, saving search methods and search results. The courses also teach the use of reference management softwares. The courses are delivered in partnership with Mediknit, a leading professional medical education organization.

This course is meant for students and professionals of all health science and life-sciences streams.

In addition to the course modules, by signing up for this course, you will get mentoring support for one year. Click here for more details

Course Faculty

Vasumathi Sriganesh, MLIS

Honorary CEO,

QMed Knowledge Foundation

Course Coordinators


Fatima Shaikh, MLIS

QMed Knowledge Foundation, Mumbai

Dr. Bhaskar Rajakumar


Mediknit, Bangalore



In the recent years, the internet has become an important source for medical information. As a health science student or professional, there is always a need to stay updated with the latest research and apply it for patient care. The medical education curriculum does not teach one how to search online in a systematic manner. This course is intended to help medical students, academicians, practitioners and other learners to integrate best practices in searching medical literature from PubMed.


On completion of the course, learner should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of learning to search literature correctly.
  • Understand types of information resources and map them to information needs.
  • Retrieve relevant results and save time.
  • Narrow down search results, when there are too many, and broaden them when there are too few.
  • Save search strategies for future use, and search results in different formats for specific uses.
  • Efficiently search medical literature from PubMed, minimizing time spent and maximizing relevance of search results.


    “Learn to map available resources to your information needs”

    This lesson shows you how to classify your information needs and how to map available resources to your needs. You will understand three "levels" of information resources. Journal articles and evidence / synthesis resources are explained in context of information needs. At the end of this lesson, you learn that you need to know your resources and how to map resources to your needs.

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The Advanced Module for PubMed covers the advanced use of some of what you learned in the Basics Course and then introduces you to more features in PubMed. You need to have completed the Basics module before you start on this course.

What is specially covered is the step by step, systematic searching that you need to do, if you are going to be on a team of people authoring a systematic review. You also learn how to restrict a search to retrieving items that are useful in finding evidence. Want to know more about journals and where to publish? Learn to find out more about journals.


On completion of the course, learner should be able to:

  • Use the Advanced Search Page comfortably to conduct a search and save the history of steps.
  • Understand the process of creating complex search queries, using the Advanced Search Page.
  • The different types of Mesh terms and when to use which type.
  • Understand what dates mean in Mesh terms, and how to expand a search, in case of need.
  • Create regular as well as custom filters for oneself, after logging in to an NCBI Account.
  • Search for information about a specific journal or find journals in a specialty.
  • Know what all one can do after creating an NCBI account – how to manage saved search strategies, saved collections, filters, and more.
  • Use the Clinical Queries features.
  • Learn to check the sources in Topic Specific Queries and understand when to check each of them.


    In this first video of the course, we recap all that we learned in the Basics Course. And then give a brief introduction to what we will cover in the course

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In the pre-computer days, researchers were taught how to carefully note down important details about resources (books, journals and more), in order to cite them correctly in their publications. The common method was to use “index cards” – one for every book / journal article / other resource that one read and thought that one would use for citing. These cards had to be stored alphabetically, (most often by author name), for easy retrieval. Today it is interesting that far too many people store pdfs, and results from PubMed and other databases in the most haphazard ways (copy pasting results, bookmarking search result pages and even taking screenshots of result pages!). It is no wonder that they are unable to find items they know they have with them. Reference Management softwares solve these problems. We can use them to store details of all kinds of items, and also full text pdfs. We can organize these collections in several ways. We can browse and search them in many ways. Most importantly, these tools allow us to install a plugin, in our word processors, so that we can insert citations and a full bibliography list in one click. No more laborious typing and scary editing nightmares, if we need to change our citation styles or move / add / delete references once we finish a first round of referencing. Reference Managers, allow us to save hours of time in these jobs and concentrate on the actual documentation of your research / article!


On completion of the course, learner should be able to:

  • Understand what any reference manager can do, and the need to learn how to use one, in order to save time and also ensure accuracy of references.
  • Install a Reference Manager – “Mendeley” and understand the Desktop and Web versions.
  • Populate Mendeley to create a collection of various item types – Books, Journal Articles, Website pages, Search results and more.
  • Organize the collection in Mendeley, using the features of Folders, Tags and Groups.
  • Browse the collection with Filters and Search the collection for specific item/s.
  • Get rid of duplicate items that get created, especially when one imports results.
  • Use the collection to create Citations and a Reference List in any publication and also change the Style if needed.
  • Exporting the publication in a format suitable for scrutiny by an editor or peer reviewer.


    The introductory lesson talks about what a Reference Manager can do, and lists a number of Reference Managers – both free and paid. It tells you how you can get started with any one free Reference Manager and then suggests exploring each one for its features and make your choice. What you create as your library, can be exported and imported into any Reference Manager

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Eligibility Criteria

    All healthcare practitioners, academicians, students from medical, para-medical, life-sciences discipline, librarians and information specialists are eligible for this course.

    *Applicant should enclose a valid UG/PG/Other speciality degree certificate during online submission of application

    *Kindly note that all the applications shall be screened and selected by the course director(s)

    *Applicant should enclose a valid address proof (Aadhar card/Passport/Driving license)


No. This course is not recognised by Medical Council of India. Course participation and/or completion certificate will be provided QMed Knowledge Foundation and Mediknit.

Once you complete the enrolment process, you will be provided with a unique enrolment number and login details to If in case, you haven’t received the same within 3 working days from enrolment, please feel free to call us on +91 78929 39817 or write to us on

Our team is always ready to assist or queries, feel free to call us on +91 78929 39817 (Mon-Fri, 9AM – 5PM), email us on We promise to resolve the query at the earliest.

All assessments are online and MCQ based. Successful completion of which will make you eligible for certification.

The final online test will be unlocked as soon as you complete all the lectures. It will only be available for total of 12 weeks from your date of joining the course.

Three attempts, third attempt will be released on email request only.

If you are not able to clear the test in the provided number of attempts, You may have to pay re-exam fee, for details contact +9 7892939817 or write to us at

If you feel that something is wrong with respect to the content or assessment, you can write at, directing it to the course coordinator, Dr Bhaskar Rajakumar.

Once you successfully pass your exam, you can download the E-certificate from If you need assistance, please feel free to call on +91 78929 39817

Yes. The course and the content is relevant across the globe. International students before enrolling can contact the learner management team by writing to or call +91 78929 39817.

Yes, you may ask questions on the platform, which will be answered by the faculty asap. However, if you have specific queries you wish to get it clarified from the mentor personally or need support on your research, please to visit

No, workshops are not part of this course. However, QMed Knowledge Foundation conducts multiple hands-on workshops all through the workshops for institutions. As an individual participant for the eLearning course, you are automatically a Friend of QMed and ask for specific short sessions via Skype or Hangout. Please write to for,request for a session.


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