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Research centerUnited States National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Release dateJanuary 1996 (1996-01)

PubMed is a free search engine accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics. The United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health maintain the database as part of the Entrez system of information retrieval.[1]

From 1971 to 1997, online access to the MEDLINE database had been primarily through institutional facilities, such as university libraries.[2] PubMed, first released in January 1996, ushered in the era of private, free, home- and office-based MEDLINE searching.[3] The PubMed system was offered free to the public starting in June 1997.[2]

  1. ^ "PubMed".
  2. ^ a b Lindberg DA (2000). "Internet access to the National Library of Medicine" (PDF). Effective Clinical Practice. 3 (5): 256–60. PMID 11185333. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 November 2013.
  3. ^ "PubMed Celebrates its 10th Anniversary". Technical Bulletin. United States National Library of Medicine. 5 October 2006. Retrieved 22 March 2011.

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