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Basic Medical Library Management: Databases and Internet Sites

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world's largest medical library. NLM collects materials in all areas of biomedicine and health care, as well as works on biomedical aspects of technology, the humanities, and the physical, life, and social sciences.

NLM Databases & Electronic Information Sources provide a wide variety of resources related to the biomedical and health sciences, both past and present. The format of these resources varies: searchable databases & databanks, bibliographic citations, full text (when available), archival collections, and images.

Three Essential Databases

  1. PubMed

    The web based interface to MEDLINE. MEDLINE holds over 11 million citations from more than 4,000 journals.

  2. Medlineplus

    NLM's consumer health resource provides access to extensive information about specific diseases and conditions and also links to a drug information database, medical encyclopedias, dictionaries and doctor locators.

  3. Locatorplus

    NLM's catalog of books, audiovisuals, and journals.

Additional Medical Librarian Tools and Databases

NIH Health Information List HealthWeb
Internet Discovery Tools Healthinfoquest
Quick Guide to Search Tools Combined Health Information Database (CHID)

Medical Meetings on the Internet

An added value service you can offer both medical personnel and administrators alike is access to information about medical meetings. Both groups are very interested in continuing education and keeping up to date on the latest developments in their field.

Congress Resource Center
A doctor's guide to planning for a featured congress.
Medical Meetings Finder
Search by year, specialty, organization and location.
Search by keyword, location and date.
CME Guide for Medical Professionals
American Educational Institute
Integrated Medical Curriculum
Multi-purpose CE medical side.
Electronic CME
CME course information and board review materials.
Medical Meetings Database
Health on the Net
Online CME
Annotated List of Online CME.
Find CE
Meetings, speakers, online CE and more
Meetings and Conferences
Physicians Guide to the Internet

Discussion Lists

Contact your Regional Medical Library to join the discussion list affiliated with your region.

MEDLIB-L is the Medical Librarian's Discussion List. This is a wonderful way to ask questions of literally thousands of health librarians from around the world.

DOCLINE-L is the medical discussion list for DOCLINE and is open only to DOCLINE users. The purpose of the discussion list is to provide NLM with a means of broadcasting messages to DOCLINE users. It also provides a forum for DOCLINE users to communicate with each other and NLM about any issue related to DOCLINE, SERHOLD, or document delivery.

To find other discussion lists use search engines such as or Listz