|ScienceDirect has announced that it will offer MEDLINE, the National
Library of Medicine's premier bibliographic database, to all ScienceDirect
customers free of charge.
Both MEDLINE and pre-MEDLINE will be included on the ScienceDirect platform,
with records being updated and added four times a week. MEDLINE will utilize
the full-text linking capabilities of the ScienceDirect platform, supplying
users with seamless linking from the MEDLINE abstracts to the full-text
articles within ScienceDirect and CrossRef affiliates. The combination
of MEDLINE with ScienceDirect now provides access to over 40 million abstracts
linked to more than 3 million full-text articles.
"We are extremely pleased to be able to offer this premier database
on ScienceDirect as a free enhancement for our users. MEDLINE has long
been established as a well-known and widely used resource in the biomedical
field. The combination of MEDLINE abstracts with our own large full-text
database and augmented by the full-text linking to other publishers through
CrossRef will provide a uniquely powerful search-and-retrieval resource,"
said Frank Vrancken Peeters, ScienceDirect's managing director.
Supported by its user-friendly search technology, users will be able
to search simultaneously across journals and abstract databases on ScienceDirect
and set up personalization features in the ScienceDirect platform, such
as e-mail, search, and citation alerts; basic and advanced searches; and
MEDLINE contains over 11 million references to journal articles, primarily
in the biomedical fields. Coverage spans both basic biomedical research
and clinical sciences, including nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine,
and pharmacy, with records dating back to 1966. Approximately 400,000 records
are indexed each year at a rate of 8,000 per week.
Source: ScienceDirect, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 011-31-20-485-2677; Fax: