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FAQ: Resources for International Librarians, Health Professionals and Researchers in Developing & Transition Countries

NLM® Databases & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) | NLM Training and Courses - including PubMed® & Toxicology Resources | Getting Journal Articles, Including Free Full Text | Resources for Setting Up a Library/Resource Center | Librarian Career Training | National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center & Global Health Grants | Tours of the NLM

NLM Databases & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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NLM Training and Courses - including PubMed & Toxicology Resources

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Getting Journal Articles, Including Free Full Text

You can use filters to limit a PubMed search to citations with links to free full text. Information about NCBI filters is at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/?term=filters%20AND%20helppubmed[book].

Or, you can enter a command in the search box. Include AND free full text [sb] to limit search retrieval.
Example: aids[mh] AND free full text [sb]

Citations with links to free full text show "Free Article" or "Free PMC Article". Some PubMed Web sites may require you to register with the publisher to access free full text from the publisher. For more information, see How to Get the Journal Article at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK3827/#pubmedhelp.How_to_Get_the_Journ.

Use the National Library of Medicine (NLM) as your last choice library for materials that are not available from libraries near you. NLM will not send items directly to individuals, but will send items to other libraries. Contact local university or medical libraries to ask about services to you. See the Interlibrary Loan Fact Sheet at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/ill.html.

NLM has bilateral agreements with public institutions in foreign countries that serve as International MEDLARS® (MEDical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System) Centers. These Centers:

  • assist health professionals in accessing NLM databases;
  • offer search training;
  • provide document delivery; and
  • perform other functions as biomedical information resource centers.

More information is at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/intlmedlars.html.

Other resources for document delivery include the Research4Life Initiative. This resource includes four life sciences journal programs: Research in Health (HINARI), Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Research in the Environment (OARE) and Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI). The Research4Life Initiative is at http://www.research4life.org/.

  • The Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) enables access to one of the largest collections of biomedical literature. HINARI is a partnership of the World Health Organization and major publishers. The Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) enables access to one of the largest collections of biomedical literature. HINARI is a partnership of the World Health Organization and major publishers, at http://www.who.int/hinari/en/.
  • Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) is a partnership of the World Intellectual Property Organization and publishers. ARDI is at http://www.wipo.int/ardi/en/.
  • The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) provides services to improve health information access in developing and transition countries. Information is at http://www.inasp.info/en/. See their full-text journals section at http://www.inasp.info/training-resources/.
  • The Global Development Network (GDN) Portal provides services to research institutes in developing and transition countries. Eligibility, journal access, and document delivery information is at http://www.gdnet.org/cms.php?id=gdn_development_research.

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Resources for Setting up a Library/Resource Center

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Librarian Career Training

Library Groups

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National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center & Global Health Grants

The Fogarty International Center at http://www.fic.nih.gov/Pages/Default.aspx, part of the National Institutes of Health, publishes a directory of funding opportunities in global health research. Information is at http://www.fic.nih.gov/Funding/Pages/default.aspx. The directory includes information about the NIH funding process and where to find non-NIH funding, including travel support.

A weekly newsletter about Fogarty funding opportunities is at http://www.fic.nih.gov/Funding/News/Pages/default.aspx.

Information about funding for international researchers is also available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/grant_info.html.

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Tours of the NLM

The NLM Visitors Center in the lobby of the Lister Hill Center (NIH Building 38A) is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., except Federal holidays. We offer tours for orientation to the National Library of Medicine, print information, and interactive computer displays. See http://www.nlm.nih.gov/about/vcenter.html for more information.


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