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Book and New Media Reviews
April 2000

Medline: A Guide to Effective Searching

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by Brian S. Katcher, 149 pp, $29, ISBN 0-9673445-9-x (hardcover), 0-9673445-0-6 (paperbound), San Francisco, Calif, Ashbury Press, 1999.


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Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(4):562. doi:

Medline is a guide to effective searching, as its title suggests. The book is short (85 pages of text with 2 appendices and a glossary of the Medical Subject Headings [MESH] terms used in the text). It consists of 5 chapters: (1) a history of MEDLINE and how it works; (2) search engines and the principles of searching; (3) MESH heading searching; (4) strategies for limiting searches; and (5) practical tips. The author has clearly developed effective search strategies and is a strong advocate for MEDLINE.

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