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MEDLINE Interfaces and Related Resources on the Web

Full Text :COPYRIGHT 2006 Reed Business Information, Inc. (US). Used with permission, Library Journal, 2006:

Katcher, Brian S. Medline: A Guide to Effective Searching in PubMed & Other Interfaces. 2d ed. Ashbury Pr. 2006. 148p. index. ISBN 0.9673445-1-4. pap. $31.95.

For over 20 years, Katcher (San Francisco Dept. of Public Health; Univ. of California--San Francisco) has been conducting his own sophisticated searches in National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases and has taken courses in how to search. He also authored the first edition of this book (1999), which has now been expanded, rewritten in many areas, and carefully brought as up-to-date as possible. Katcher's agenda here is "the cultivation of an informed and thoughtful approach to searching Medline," and his examples pertain, for the most part, to NLM's PubMed database ( The search strategy used to retrieve journal articles is very clear and well thought out, and chapter references highlight the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) terms describing each article retrieved. It should be mentioned that current fact sheets and tutorials, in print and on video, are freely accessible on the PubMed site. Still, even the most seasoned searcher will find--or be reminded of--useful information, such as the shortcut tip of using a zip code as a synonym for an institution's name in PubMed's author affiliation field. Katcher briefly mentions PubMed's historical underpinnings, but chapter references will lead the interested reader to more detailed information. The index is comprehensive, and an appendix of web-based resources is also freely available at the continually updated site, Libraries owning the previous edition will want to purchase the new one, and it is a must-have for all library school, medical, hospital, academic, and large public libraries.--Martha E. Stone, Massachusetts General Hosp. Lib., Boston

Named Works: Medline: A Guide to Effective Searching in PubMed and Other Interfaces (Book) Book reviews

Source Citation: Stone, Martha E. "Katcher, Brian S. Medline: A Guide to Effective Searching in PubMed & Other Interfaces.(Book review)." Library Journal 131.12 (July 1, 2006): 112(1). Expanded Academic ASAP. Thomson Gale. UC San Francisco. 10 Dec. 2006 .

Thomson Gale Document Number: A149461890


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