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Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE is the premier database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the pre-clinical sciences. The subject scope of MEDLINE is biomedicine and health, broadly defined to encompass those areas of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering needed by health professionals and others engaged in basic research and clinical care, public health, health policy development, or related educational activities. MEDLINE also covers life sciences vital to biomedical practitioners, researchers, and educators, including aspects of biology, environmental science, marine biology, plant and animal science as well as biophysics and chemistry. Increased coverage of life sciences began in 2000.

A distinctive feature of MEDLINE is that the records are indexed with NLM Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). Using MeSH to search will help to retrieve information that uses different terminology for the same concept. The default search setting in Ovid MEDLINE is a keyword search that will map the term to a subject heading.

MEDLINE includes citations from more than 5,600 worldwide journals in about 40 languages; about 60 languages for older journals. For citations published in 2010 or later, over 40% are for cited articles published in the United States, about 93% are written in English, and about 85% have English language abstracts.

MEDLINE is the primary component of PubMed, a freely accessible database of biomedical citations.

Why access MEDLINE through Web of Science?

Only through Web of Science are you able to access MEDLINE with the added value of citation data and navigation, as well as the ability to simultaneously search content across the Web of Science platform, such as the Web of Science Core Collection and BIOSIS Citation Index.

Dates Covered

1950-present. Updated weekly.

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