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PubMed contains references from biomedical journals, and is compiled by the US National Library of Medicine. It includes references from Medline, but also:

  • The out-of-scope citations (e.g., articles on plate tectonics or astrophysics) from certain MEDLINE journals, primarily general science and chemistry journals, for which the life sciences articles are indexed for MEDLINE.
  • Citations that precede the date that a journal was selected for MEDLINE indexing.
  • Some additional life science journals that submit full text to PubMed Central and receive a qualitative review by NLM.
  • Citations for the NCBI Bookshelf collection.

Key features

The University subscribes to Medline through Ovid. The Ovid interface offers more sophisticated search capabilities than PubMed, but PubMed does include many links to the full text of articles (although not necessarily through the route that the University uses), as well as links to other National Library of Medicine resources. These resources include electronic text books and databases of genomic and other biological data. Subject coverage: clinical medicine, biomedical sciences, nursing, dentistry, preclinical sciences, health care system.



How often updated



1948 - (for Medline data), 1951-1965 (for Oldmedline data)



National Network of Libraries of Medicine guide (very concise)
PubMed for Nurses (online tutorial, good introduction)
PubMed User Guide (very detailed)
PubMed Online Training (includes general introductions, and other videos on specific topics)

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