MEDLINE-Related Resources

MEDLINE from the National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Other Interfaces to MEDLINE

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

MEDLINE Tutorials

In-Process Citations in PubMed

Journals on the Web

NLM Resources

Health Information on the Web

This page is based on an appendix from Katcher BS. MEDLINE: a guide to effective searching in PubMed and other interfaces. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Ashbury Press; 2006.



Journals on the Web

Many journals are available on the Web in full text, but free access is often limited to subscribers. Most academic medical center libraries maintain online subscriptions for students and faculty (Links to full-text journal articles can be found within Ovid or PubMed searches, depending on the institution). An increasing number of journals provide free full text access to all or some of their articles, sometimes within six months or a year after initial publication. Here are some additional sources of free full text articles:

PubMed Central

The National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central is an archive of free full-text articles. Articles in PubMed Central are sometimes also available from the publishers' Web sites, but those in PubMed Central are published in a standard format to insure their permanence on the Web.

If you like, you can limit your PubMed search, under "subsets," to PubMed Central.

Open Access Journals

An increasing number of journals are developing publishing models that facilitate free access to full text articles. Some institutions, such as the University of California at San Francisco, encourage researchers to consider publishing their work in open access journals as means of protecting scholarly communication. Here are some resources:

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

BioMed Central

Public Library of Science (PLoS)

An essay in the New England Journal of Medicine (April 13, 2006), discusses the issue of open access journals.

Finding Journal Names

If you need help in finding the name of a journal, try the Entrez Journals Database. The opening page also provides the means to find information about Entrez journals that have links to full-text web sites.

Articles Not Available on the Web

Much of what you find in MEDLINE will not be available on the Web as a full-text document, but you can still obtain a copy if you do not have convenient access to a medical library. The National Library of Medicine's Loansome Doc allows you to order documents after first establishing an agreement with a nearby medical library. Detailed information about Loansome Doc is available on the National Library of Medicine’s Web Site, in the Fact Sheets section. Links to Loansome Doc are built into PubMed and NLM Gateway. Documents are available in a variety of forms (mail, fax, pickup, or internet), depending on the capacity of the local library. Charges vary, also depending on the local library.

If you have an My NCBI account (a free PubMed service), you can configure it for other document delivery services (Loansome Doc is the default).

Updated April 10, 2010

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