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Search Literature and Clinical Trials

Search more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Learn more about how to limit your search to articles that have free full text available. NLM also provides a directory of topic specific queries for PubMed.
Search a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world.

Bookshelf provides free online access to books and documents in life science and healthcare.


Find Medical, Genetics, and Toxicology Resources

A resource to provide a public, tracked record of reported relationships between human variation and observed health status with supporting evidence. Related information in the NIH Genetic Testing Registry (GTR)MedGenGeneOMIMPubMed and other sources is accessible through hyperlinks on the records.

Find more resources on genetics and medicine from NLM. 


Locate Drug Information

Search a database of the most recent drug labels (also called package inserts) submitted to the FDA.

Drugs, Herbs and Supplements
Learn about your prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines. Includes side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more. - MedlinePlus

Find more about Drugs & Medical Devices from NLM. 


Find Health Information for Your Patients

MedlinePlus Health Information
Trusted health information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues for patients and their family and friends.

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine
The NIH MedlinePlus magazine provides reliable, up-to-date information on health topics to patients and families and the latest breakthroughs from NIH-supported research. 

Nursing Resources

Using PubMed in Evidence-Based Practice Training Course
When conducting research, evidence-based practice is a method for framing clinical questions that will help yield optimal search results. is a free research tool from the National Library of Medicine®. This course will show you how to use evidence-based practice when searching clinical questions using PubMed®.

Resources on the Network of the National Library of Medicine website.
* Classes under the Network of the National Library of Medicine Course catalog limited by the keyword "nursing"
* Classes under the Network of the National Library of Medicine Course catalog limited by the keyword "nurse"


Learn about Health Data Standards Implementation

Health Information Technology and Health Data Standards at NLM
NLM provides clinical vocabulary standards and tools that support implementation of Meaningful Use, C-CDA, and other programs.

RxNorm provides normalized names for clinical drugs and links its names to many of the drug vocabularies commonly used in pharmacy management and drug interaction software, including those of First Databank, Micromedex, Gold Standard Drug Database, and Multum.

SNOMED CT is one of a suite of designated standards for use in U.S. Federal Government systems for the electronic exchange of clinical health information and is also a required standard in interoperability specifications of the U.S. Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel.

VSAC is a repository and authoring tool for public value sets created by external programs. Value sets are lists of codes and corresponding terms, from NLM-hosted standard clinical vocabularies (such as SNOMED CT, RxNorm, LOINC and others), that define clinical concepts to support effective and interoperable health information exchange.

MedlinePlus Connect
Use MedlinePlus Connect to link health IT systems, patient portals and electronic health record (EHR) systems to targeted, authoritative patient health information from the website.

Last Reviewed: February 12, 2024