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New Look, New Collections for National Library of Medicine's IndexCatâ„¢ Database

The National Library of Medicine, the world's largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, and its History of Medicine Division are pleased to announce the launch of a new user interface for the IndexCat database, along with the addition of two new collections involving medieval scientific English and Latin texts. 

Using software developed by Ex Libris, Inc., the new IndexCat interface offers improved viewing capabilities and new layouts for search results and record displays.

Screen capture of search options for interface at indexcat.nlm.nih.gov.

IndexCat is available online, free of charge, at: http://indexcat.nlm.nih.gov.

Providing access to the digitized version of the printed, 61-volume Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon General's Office, IndexCat contains over 4.5 million references to over 3.7 million bibliographic items dating from over five centuries and covering subjects of the basic sciences, scientific research, civilian and military medicine, public health, and hospital administration. Language coverage is international with citations in European and Slavic languages, Greek script, and Romanized Chinese and Japanese titles – some with English translations. A wide range of materials can be discovered through IndexCat, including books, journal articles, dissertations, pamphlets, reports, newspaper clippings, case studies, obituary notices, letters, portraits, as well as rare books and manuscripts.

For more information about the original Index-Catalogue, see: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/indexcat/abouticatalogue.html.

The two new collections now available through IndexCat are part of an NLM-supported project undertaken in conjunction with the University of Missouri-Kansas City. These seminal, historical collections are developed from the enriched electronic database of A Catalogue of Incipits of Mediaeval Scientific Writings in Latin (rev.), by Lynn Thorndike and Pearl Kibre (eTK) and the updated and expanded electronic version of Scientific and Medical Writings in Old and Middle English: An Electronic Reference (eVK2) edited by Linda Ehrsam Voigts and Patricia Deery Kurtz. Opening a new frontier in historical research, these resources encompass over 42,000 records of incipits, or the beginning words of a medieval manuscript or early printed book. IndexCat users can search incipit data by manuscript, library, author/translator, title, subject, date and other information.

For more information about IndexCat, visit the IndexCat homepage at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/indexcat/index.html.