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The MEDLINE database, produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, is widely recognized as the premier source for citations, indexing, and abstracts of biomedical literature. MEDLINE provides information relevant to the fields of medicine, nursing, and dentistry, and it also covers areas of life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering that are related to health and biomedicine. The database contains more than 30 million citations from 5,200 biomedical journals published in the United States and many other countries. It is updated daily with the latest biomedical research. MEDLINE is the electronic counterpart and continuation of the print indexes Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature, and International Nursing Index.

The “Choose Databases” option allows searching of multiple EBSCO databases. Select MEDLINE and CINAHL with Full Text to search both simultaneously. To search MEDLINE on the Ovid platform, please see MEDLINE (Ovid).



For help using these indexes see: How do I find an article on my topic?

Dates covered

1946 - present.

Type of coverage

Citations with indexing and abstracts; some full-text articles.

Producer/content provider

National Library of Medicine

Vendor/electronic presentation provider


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