Many researchers are familiar with the resources MEDLINE (commercial
versions) and Index Medicus when searching for journal articles. PubMed
is an effort by the National Library of Medicine to provide scholars,
health care professionals and the public with an online search engine
that indexes over 11 million MEDLINE citations from the mid-1960's.
The limit function permits more advanced searching. If you have questions
about obtaining journal articles online please talk with a reference
librarian at (757) 683-4178.
The National Library of Medicine makes its vast resources available
via the NLM Gateway. NLM's
Gateway is designed to help users who might not be aware of
medical and health care resources search multiple retrieval systems
at once. Currently the Gateway searches the following databases:
There are times when you need specialized information. The National
Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health developed
to assist health care professionals, patients, and the public in finding
out information on clinical trials in progress or in the recruiting
stages. You can search by disease/condition, sponsor, location, and
Many of the books and journals cited in the resources listed above
are held at Perry Library and can be found in the online
Government publications from the various Health and Human Services agencies
can be found in the online catalog
from 1990 to present, and by using a service called Marcive
for materials from 1976 to present. Online versions of many
federal agency publications are "hotlinked" in the Library's
online catalog so that you can immediately connect to them via the Internet.
Sometimes using the search engine provided on a specific agency's Web
site is the most efficient way of locating fulltext publications or
data series. For example, if you search the National
Cancer Institute's Web site you will find information about
a variety of cancers affecting women.