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Which MEDLINE do I use? PubMed or Ovid MEDLINE?

The National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE database is available from many sources. The two primary ways to access MEDLINE at Dartmouth/DHMC are PubMed and Ovid. Both are available on the Biomedical Libraries Web under Resources.

Use PubMed

  • if you want to learn a MEDLINE interface that will be always available to you, even if you leave Dartmouth.
  • when you want quick results with strategies automatically created for you.
  • when you are looking for extremely recent citations.
  • if you are off-campus and having connection issues.
  • when you also want to search for genetics and molecular biology information.


  • to be guided through selections for a precise search based on Medical Subject Headings, subheadings, and limits.
  • to build a search strategy in steps and by trying multiple combinations.

For a more extensive comparison of Ovid MEDLINE and PubMed, click here.

MEDLINE is also available from EbscoHost, Web of Knowledge, ProQuest, and other database search interfaces.