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The National Library of Medicine in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health provides indexes, publications, statistics and assistance in doing scholarly and consumer research on issues of women's health.

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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:

MEDLINE/PubMed (journal citations 1966-present), OLDMEDLINE (journal citations 1958-1965), LOCATORplus (books, serials and AV materials), MEDLINEplus (consumer health), DIRLINE (directory of health organizations), AIDS Meetings, Health Services Research Meetings, Space Life Sciences Meetings, and HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress).

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 more.

Many of the books and journals cited in the resources listed above are held at Perry Library and can be found in the online catalog .

depository eagle logo 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.