Libraries Guide Series
- MedLine, created by the National Library of Medicine, MedLine
provides authoritative information on the fields of medicine, nursing,
dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the general health care system.
MedLine has links to full text
of over 350 journals.
Also, included are abstracts and indexing for over 3,800 current biomedical journals.
Many of the files are in the PDF format and require the
Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the articles.
is available to current UT Arlington faculty & students at this webaddress:
A truncation symbol in MedLine
is an asterisk (*),
and when this symbol is put at the end of a word,
the database will be searched for all of
the possible endings--suffixes--for that word.
For example, the command "prostat*" will have the computer search engine
look for all possible endings of this word. It should find,
"prostate," "prostatitis," "prostatism," and "prostatectomy."
Two Boolean operators that are important in finding information
are AND and OR.
The AND is used to connect two different
concepts and the OR is used between concepts that are synonymous.
It is critical to put parentheses around a search expression
that contains an OR. Here is an example:
(man or men or male*) AND
(eating disorder* OR anorexi* or bulimi*)
The first part of this statement will find material about men.
The second part will look
for the words associated with eating disorders.
then links the first set with the second.
This should be an effective
way to look for information about eating disorders in men.
John James Dillard, MA, MS
Social Work and Social Sciences Librarian
Box 19497 - University of Texas at Arlington - Arlington, Texas - 76019 - (817) 272-3000
Last Modified: 2014 September 11
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