Free Web-Based Access
Free Web-Based Access to NLM Databases
On June 26, 1997, a press conference hosted by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) was held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC to announce free Web-based access to MEDLINE through PubMed and Internet Grateful Med. Vice-President Albert Gore demonstrated PubMed at this briefing. The complete press release for the press conference is available on the NLM Web site (http://www.nlm.nih.gov) under the heading News.
Web Access Points
You may go to any one of the following Web sites for free access to NLM databases.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov - Under Hot Topics, click on [This link was removed because it is no longer valid.]
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez - for access to PubMed.
[This link was removed because it is no longer valid.] - for access to Internet Grateful Med.
User ID Codes
No code is required to search on PubMed. Currently searching Internet Grateful Med (IGM) requires a valid User ID code and password; however, users will not be billed for IGM searches beginning June 26, 1997. A new version of Internet Grateful Med, to be released in July, will allow database access without a User ID code. Loansome Doc currently requires a User ID code and this will continue in the updated version of IGM, projected for release in July. You will still be able to register for a User ID code at the IGM Web site or with a paper application form, as in the past.
Comparing Web Access Methods
PubMed is an experimental search system currently available on the Web. The search features include:
Internet Grateful Med
Internet Grateful Med's search features include:
Billed Access Remains
Free database access is limited to Web-based searching via the Internet because of the great savings to NLM in telecommunications and software costs.
Access to all NLM non-Web based systems will continue to be billed. This includes direct command language searching of ELHILL; searching the TOXNET and/or PDQ files; and searching using the DOS, Macintosh, and Windows versions of Grateful Med, whether access is by direct dial, FTS2000 or the Internet.
The Library's announcement of free MEDLINE is only one step toward bringing quality health information to those Americans who search the Web. NLM looks forward to working with you to provide the best and most useful information products and services. Please send your comments via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for more articles about Web-based services in future issues of the Technical Bulletin.