Casper College will offer free training to the public on consumer health information and PubMed Thursday afternoon at the Goodstein Foundation Library. The first training session runs from 2 to 3 pm.

First session at college library:

"The first is DOCLINE. DOCLINE is a system that is run by the National Library of Medicine for inter-library loaning articles from medical journals. United State and Canadian libraries take part in that."

Pat Auflick, director of the Goodstein Foundation Library, says that the sessions do fit well with many of the health sciences programs at the college, but anyone interested in health information is welcome.

Second session at college library:

"The second session is on consumer health resources and in particular MedLine Plus and that runs from 3 to 4. That will talk about consumer health resources that are on the Internet."

And the third session runs from 4 to 5 pm.

Third session at college library:

"The third session is on PubMed. PubMed is the Web version of a medical database called MedLine. It has really much more in depth, scholarly information in the fields of medicine, dentistry, nutrition, nursing."

Ms. Auflick says the PubMed is very helpful to people wanting to learn how to research medical topics and navigate the Medline database.