NLM for Health Sciences Student Session 1 - NLM Catalog and LocatorPLus
Session One – NLM Catalog and
The mission of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services (HHS) is to
enhance the health and well-being of
Americans by providing for effective
health and human services and by
fostering sound, sustained advances in
the sciences underlying medicine,
public health, and social services.
HHS accomplishes its mission through
several hundred programs and
initiatives that cover a wide spectrum
of activities, serving the American
public at every stage of life.
Image and text from www.hhs.gov.
National Institutes of Health
NIH is the largest source of funding for medical research in
the world, creating hundreds of thousands of high-quality
jobs by funding thousands of scientists in universities and
research institutions in every state across America and
around the globe.
NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a
specific research agenda, often focusing on particular
diseases or body systems. NIH leadership plays an active
role in shaping the agency's research planning, activities,
Text from NIH site http://www nih.gov/.
NIH INSTITUTES & CENTERS
• National Cancer Institute (NCI)
• National Eye Institute (NEI)
• National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
• National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
• National Institute on Aging (NIA)
• National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
• National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
• National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
• National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
• Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
• National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
• National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
• National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
• National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
• National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
• National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
• National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) —
• National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) —
• National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
• National Library of Medicine (NLM)
• Center for Information Technology (CIT)
• Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
• Fogarty International Center (FIC)
• National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
• National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
• NIH Clinical Center (CC)
Text from NIH site http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/About/ .
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National
Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has been a center of
information innovation since its founding in 1836. The world’s largest
biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print
collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide
range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions
of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research,
development, and training in biomedical informatics and health
information technology. In addition, the Library coordinates a 6,000-
member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that promotes and
provides access to health information in communities across the
This is a very large organization.
Text from NLM site http://www.nlm.nih.gov .
National Center of Biomedical
NCBI's mission is to develop new information technologies to aid in the
understanding of fundamental molecular and genetic processes that
control health and disease. More specifically, the NCBI has been
charged with creating automated systems for storing and analyzing
knowledge about molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics;
facilitating the use of such databases and software by the research and
medical community; coordinating efforts to gather biotechnology
information both nationally and internationally; and performing
research into advanced methods of computer-based information
processing for analyzing the structure and function of biologically
Text from NCBI site http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/About/ .
DOCLINE® is the National Library of Medicine's automated interlibrary
loan (ILL) request routing and referral system. The purpose of the
system is to provide improved document delivery service among
libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine® (NN/LM) by
linking journal holdings to efficiently route the requests to potential
lending libraries on behalf of the borrower.
DOCLINE serves over 3,000 U.S., Canadian, and Mexican medical
libraries at no cost. Some selected national and major medical libraries
in other countries also have DOCLINE access.
Text from the NLM’s website http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/doc_what.html
Eastern University and all PALCI members access Rapid ILL
The NLM’s website is located
It provides links to the all the
databases, resources and APIs
provided by the National
Search box at the top left
allows you to search the
entire NLM website.
Search It All
Search across the NLM website.
Search box returns
information from the many
important webpages with
the the NLM site. This
programs, services and news
about the NLM.
There are limiters to select
the type of information you
Results are more than most
The NLM Catalog website connects
the users with a variety of
resources available through the
NLM Catalog and LocatorPlus. The
catalog contains “bibliographic
data for over 1.4 million books
journals, books, audiovisuals and
The interface is similar to:
• PubMed Central
• PubMed Health
• NCBI Bookshelf
The interface provides
access to many other NLM
and NCBI services.
Why Use This?
The NLM Catalog has
a wide scope. The
service scans across
all NCBI databases.
This is ideal for
Creating a Simple Search
On the home page of the NLM Catalog website is a search box at top of the page. This
search box is similar to ones that you see on search engines such as Google and Yahoo.
To conduct a simple search, type in the terms related to the topic of the information
that you would like to find. Let’s say that your topic is new techniques for treating lung
You may want to start
with terms related to
your topic such as “lung
cancer” or “lung cancer
The results provides
about books, journals, and
other resources at the NLM.
PubMed Search Builder allows
you to query the PubMed
databases for article
Search details displays the
fields your query has searched.
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adjust how the the system shows
the result of your search.
Additional filters are
available to limit the
type of items returned
in your search.
Your results can be
limited to search for
full-text journals in
Select the journal
subset you wish to
Link to Locator Plus
Search for a text using “oncology nursing”.
Display the full record.
Follow the link to LocatorPlus.
LocatorPlus is a free online
catalog provided by the
National Library of Medicine
which allows users to search for
books, journals, audiovisual
materials and reports that are
held by the NLM. It also
provides records for books and
journals that are available in
libraries in the NLM’s local area
and links to full-text materials.
Limit to a keyword
Type the term “nursing
informatics” into the
search form. nursing
Enter a search term and begin looking for books. 。
Limit the search to books alone.
Viewer LocatorPlus Results
Choose the book you
want to view by selecting
the link from the title.
LocatorPlus to WorldCat
To locate the closest
library that owns this
book select the “Find
Other Libraries That Own
This” to search WorldCat
for this item.
Information in WorldCat.org
From the WorldCat
results list select the link
to the desired book.
A Library Near You!
The record presents
concerning the book.。
The lower part of that
record presents a list of
libraries where the book
is located. 。
Know Your Zip Code.
The record provides:
• a link to the library’s catalog,
• distance from your location,
• information about the library.
It’s best to contact
the library and
check on guest
Find details about the library near your location.
Over the next two sessions we will discuss
searching PubMed and MyNCBI