Friday, November 23, 2007

About PubMed

From the home page:

PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 17 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.
No registration is necessary to access PubMed, and searches can be based on topics, authors or journals. The list of results will show whether an abstact is available for each article. Complete articles, if not available online, can be read in university and public libraries. Sign up for an account and you'll receive email updates and alerts for new content.

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Caveat said...

Congratulations on getting this off the ground. There can never be too much proven, factual information available.

I'd like to mention that the National Research Council in Canada provides a document delivery service. I imagine there's something similar in the US.

From PubMed, you can open an account at Loansome Doc (it's free). Then, in Canada, open an account through CISTI and they will send you papers (not all are available, but I've found that some extra searching through journal websites often turns them up for free).

I use eFax, so when they fax me the papers (their preferred delivery method) they come into my email as a pdf.

It's a great system. Papers these days cost from $12 - 20, so if I can find them for free, I save money. Also, I often only need the abstracts, which are free and attached to most studies.

If you are near a university you will likely find a lot of the papers in their library which you can photocopy for a nominal charge. They may even be offering a scan to disk option these days.

I'm looking forward to investigating this site further. Well done!

Luisa said...

Great information -- thanks!