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Bibliographic Services Division (BSD)

The Bibliographic Services Division (BSD), a part of Library Operations at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), fosters expanded access of health information to health professionals and the general public by creating MEDLINE®, the NLM premiere citation database to biomedical literature references.

The Office of the Chief supports:

The Division is composed of two Sections:

  • Index Section - creates and maintains the MEDLINE database containing citations to current articles from over 5,200 of the world's biomedical journals; coordinates the data review, indexing, and commentary content; and conducts research leading to more efficient forms of indexing and metadata application. Creates and maintains the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) vocabulary
  • MEDLARS Management Section (MMS) - responsible for coordinating the overall development and management activities for terminology products such as the Unified Medical Language Service (UMLS), the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), and SNOMED CT; provides support to libraries for the Linkout for Libraries program, and provides for training and outreach services to librarians for MEDLINE/PubMed and other NLM projects and services.


Selected BSD Resources:

MEDLINE Journals and the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee

MEDLINE Policies

MEDLINE Statistics