FAQ: Finding Medical Information in MEDLINE
Question: What is MEDLINE, and how do I use it to find information?
- a huge database of over 21 million references to articles published in approximately 5,600 current biomedical journals from the United States and over 80 foreign countries
- a database you can search free using the NLM PubMed system at http://pubmed.gov
- for finding references on specific medical topics using either keywords or Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
- for references to articles published in the 1940's - to the present as converted from Current List of Medical Literature (CLML)
For more information, see:
- MEDLINE Fact Sheet
- FAQ MEDLINE/PubMed and Other Databases
- MEDLINE, PubMed, and PMC (PubMed Central):How are they different? Fact Sheet
- MeSH Fact Sheet
- FAQ for identifying older journal articles not in MEDLINE/PubMed
If you do not have Internet access:
- check to see if your local library provides access to MEDLINE
- contact the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Regional Medical Libraries at 800-338-7657 for suggestions if your local library cannot help you
We encourage you to discuss your MEDLINE search results with your health care provider.
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- What is PubMed?