- What is the difference between MEDLINE and PubMed?
There is a fact sheet of NLM (National Library of Medicine, USA) called MEDLINE, PubMed, and PMC (PubMed Central): How are they different? that explains the difference in detail.
MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) journal citation database.
MEDLINE database is searchable from NLM as a subset of the PubMed database but also other search services that license the data.
PubMed includes MEDLINE plus the following types of citations:
- in-process citations (records for articles before quality control and indexing)
- citations to articles that are out-of-scope ahead of print citations (preceding article’s final publication)
- pre-1966 citations that have not yet been updated with current MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)
- citations to some additional life sciences journals that submit full text to PubMed Central and receive a qualitative review by NLM
- citations to manuscripts of articles published by NIH-funded researchers
- citations for the majority of books available on the NCBI Bookshelf
If you want to search only MEDLINE in PubMed, use the Journal Categories filter MEDLINE.
By: Tuulevi Ovaska, Head of Services, Kuopio University Hospital Medical Library, University of Eastern Finland Library