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Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the MEDLINE database is widely recognized as the premier source for bibliographic and abstract coverage of biomedical literature. MEDLINE provides information from the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, as well as coverage in the areas of allied health, biological and physical sciences, humanities and information science as they relate to medicine and health care, communication disorders, population biology, and reproductive biology. The database contains more than 12 million citations from 4,600 biomedical journals published in the United States and other countries.


Detailed search help is available from the vendor. From the top right of the OVID search screen, click on the "Help" icon. Instructions are provided on Basic and Advanced searching techniques. Also available from the main search are icons to limit searches to specific fields such as Journal, Author, and Title.
The OVID Technologies Field Guide for Medline is located here.

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

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Dates covered

1950 - present.

Updating frequency



Indexes more than 4,600 biomedical journals and selected monographs of congresses and symposia (1976-1981).

Type of coverage

Indexing with citations and abstracts (included for more than 75% of the records).

Print counterpart or
related resources

Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature, International Nursing Index


Producer/content provider

National Library of Medicine

Vendor/electronic presentation provider


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