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The TOXLINE database ( is the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) bibliographic database for toxicology, a varied science encompassing many disciplines. TOXLINE records provide bibliographic information covering the biochemical, pharmacological, physiological, and toxicological effects of drugs and other chemicals. It contains over 4 million bibliographic citations, most with abstracts and/or indexing terms and CAS Registry Numbers. TOXLINE references are drawn from various sources organized into component subfiles which are searched together but which may be used to limit searches as well.

TOXLINE covers much of the standard journal literature in toxicology, complemented with references from an assortment of specialized journals and other sources listed below. The records included from PubMed link directly to the citations for those articles.  TOXNET® offers features such as relevancy ranking, and flexible sorting and downloading options.

TOXLINE consists of:

Standard biomedical/toxicology journal literature:

  • PubMed®/MEDLINE®

Special journal and other research literature:

  • Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology (DART®)

Technical reports and research projects:

  • National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

Archival collection (no longer being updated):

  • Aneuploidy (ANEUPL)
  • Environmental Mutagen Information Center File (EMIC)
  • Environmental Teratology Information Center File (ETIC)
  • Epidemiology Information System (EPIDEM)
  • Federal Research in Progress (FEDRIP)
  • HEEP Abstracts on health effects of environmental pollutants
  • Hazardous Materials Technical Center (HMTC)
  • International Labour Office (CIS)
  • International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (IPA)
  • MTGABS Meeting Abstracts
  • Pesticides Abstracts (PESTAB)
  • Poisonous Plants Bibliography (PPBIB)
  • Swedish National Chemicals Inspectorate (RISKLINE or KEMI RISKLINE)
  • Toxic Substances Control Act Test Submissions (TSCATS)
  • Toxicological Aspects of Environmental Health (BIOSIS)

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