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Friday, 10th September 2010

Two Databases, Two Milestones at the National Library of Medicine (PubMed and PubMed Central)

Just a few miles away from where this item is being posted from is the National Library of Medicine. We would like to congratulate the NLM team (many who read ResourceShelf regularly) on the two milestones that were officially announced a few days ago.

1. PubMed is Now Home to More than 20 Million Citations

2. PubMed Central (PMC) Recently Added Its 2 Millionth Full-Text Article to the Database

Fast Facts About PubMed and PubMed Central via the NLM Technical Bulletin

PubMed provides free access to MEDLINE, the NLM database of citations and abstracts in the fields of medicine, nursing dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems and preclinical sciences.

PubMed was first released in January 1996 as an experimental database under the Entrez retrieval system, with full access to MEDLINE. The word "experimental" was dropped from the Web site in April 1997, and on June 26, 1997, a Capitol Hill press conference featuring Vice President Al Gore officially announced free MEDLINE access via PubMed.

In 1996, the last full year before the launch of PubMed, subscribers to the online version of MEDLINE conducted about 600,000 searches each month. When PubMed provided free access to MEDLINE, usage almost immediately tripled. Today, PubMed usage is approaching one billion searches annually.

PubMed Central debuted in February 2000, providing free access to two journals. Today, PMC contains more than 650 journals which deposit their complete content, as well as some historic journal collections from the 1800s.

Source: NLM Technical Bulletin


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