Several databases give free access now

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7340.790/a (Published 30 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:790
  1. Fiona McLean, health care information officer (fiona.mclean@bl.uk)
  1. British Library, London NW1 2DB

    EDITOR—Delamothe mentions several initiatives to provide free access to biomedical literature.1 Medline is a medical database that may be enough for a general search and is accessible free via PubMed (pubmed.gov/). For a comprehensive search, however, it can be important to search other databases too. The choice depends on the subject area, how much time you have, and whether you can access databases that charge (the American and United Kingdom governments provide free access to some databases).

    The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews is a key source for …

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