What is PubMed? (What is MEDLINE?)
PubMed comprises more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE,* life science journals, and online books. Includes the fields of
- veterinary medicine
- the health care system
- preclinical sciences.
*MEDLINE is the largest component of PubMed, created by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). More than 5,500 journals from the U.S. and >80 other countries are currently indexed.
A noteworthy feature of PubMed is "MeSH" (Medical Subject Headings), the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus. It consists of sets of terms naming descriptors in a hierarchical structure that permits searching at various levels of specificity.
*Link to MEDLINE fact sheet.
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