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MEDLINE: OVID and PUBMED, a comparison

With the proliferation of websites offering some form of MEDLINE searching, the Health Sciences Libraries have developed this resource to help users understand the options and limitations of the several systems available to them.

MEDLINE is a biomedical bibliographic database that was developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  

OVID and PubMed are systems that search the MEDLINE database; each has advantages and disadvantages.  PubMed is a government-sponsored system and is freely accessible by anyone who can access the Internet; it provides limited free access to full-text journals in addition to providing links to electronic items owned by the Drexel University Libraries through the My NCBI feature. 

See: MEDLINE: OVID and PUBMED, a comparision for more information.

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