Access the MEDLINE database with Dialog

Access MEDLINE, the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s premier bibliographic database, through the Dialog platform.

By searching the MEDLINE database directly through the Dialog platform, you can take advantage of our flexible pricing options, precision search tools, and an unrivalled breadth and depth of other content sources.

Take a look below to understand the added value that comes from using Dialog to access the MEDLINE database.

The benefits of using the Dialog platform

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Search MEDLINE with Precision Search Tools

Dialog allows users to perform cross-database searches, download results, save searches and create custom reports, all in a single interface. This helps improve collaboration and enables organisations to create custom search workflows that meet their specific requirements. 

In addition, search results are provided in a native qualitative XML format that integrates seamlessly into downstream workflows.

Dialog also includes the Dialog® Alerts Manager, which lets users easily manage multiple searches and set up research alerts. 

Flexible Pricing

Flexible Pricing for MEDLINE Database Content

We offer flexible pricing models for MEDLINE access on Dialog. From subscription models to a range of transaction-based pricing options, Dialog customers can use MEDLINE at a price and commitment level that suits them:

  • Standard Transactional Plan: Pay as you go access
  • Commitment Plan: Discounts when you commit to a minimum annual contract value
  • Choice and Site License Plans: Flat rate subscriptions for specific databases or groups of databases

Download more information about the flexible pricing options available on Dialog.   

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Search Other Databases in the Same Interface

Through Dialog, researchers can access and search peer-reviewed content in over 140 literature databases (including Embase and BIOSIS Previews). Together, these databases offer:

  • 1.7 billion authoritative records
  • 522 million newspaper articles
  • 5.5 million dissertations and theses
  • 3.7 million unpublished working papers/preprints
  • 33 full-text patent authorities
  • 69 bibliographic patent authorities

What you can do with MEDLINE database access on Dialog

We work with a huge range of companies and organisations in the areas of pharmaceutical and scientific research. As well as helping them to access MEDLINE and the journals it contains, we work with them to achieve their end goals – whether that’s a research outcome or regulatory compliance. Click on the examples below to learn more and see how we can help you. 

If you need to access the MEDLINE database, get in touch with us to discuss your needs and how we can help you.  

Overview of the MEDLINE database

MEDLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s premier bibliographic database. It contains more than 31 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine and health. This is broadly defined to encompass those areas of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering needed by health professionals and others engaged in basic research and clinical care, public health, health policy development, or related educational activities. MEDLINE also covers life sciences vital to biomedical practitioners, researchers, and educators, including aspects of biology, environmental science, marine biology, plant and animal science as well as biophysics and chemistry.

MEDLINE features citations from more than 5,600 journals from around the world in nearly 40 languages, and around 60 languages for older journals. MEDLINE features literature issued from 1946 to the present day. 

A key feature of MEDLINE is that documents are indexed with U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®). The Dialog platform provides an interactive thesaurus so searchers can take full advantage of these and easily find the right terms for subjects while viewing their broader and narrower hierarchies, subheadings and scope notes.

The greater part of MEDLINE consists of fully indexed documents, but there are also several types of ‘in process’ documents, including those known as ‘Publisher’ documents, which are early-release, electronic versions posted to the web before full bibliographic information is known. 

What areas does MEDLINE cover?

MEDLINE covers Nearly every area in the broad field of biomedicine, including, but not limited to:

  • Clinical Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Population and Reproductive Biology
  • Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics
  • Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Environmental, Public and Occupational Health
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Pathology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Toxicology

What questions can MEDLINE help to answer? 

Use MEDLINE to answer such questions as:

  • What is the latest progress in developing a vaccine for the zika virus?
  • Have any clinical trials been conducted on belatacept in kidney transplantation?
  • Are there any systematic reviews on the treatment of large non-pedunculated colorectal polyps?
  • What are the adverse effects of indomethacin?

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