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Internet Access to the National Library of Medicine's Toxicology and Environmental Health Databases

; Editors: Catharyn T Liverman, Carolyn E Fulco, and Howard M Kipen.

Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-10: 0-309-06299-3
Copyright © 1998, National Academy of Sciences.
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One component of health information that continues to be at the forefront of health concerns for a wide range of scientists and health professionals, as well as the general public, is toxicology and environmental health information. To improve access to this kind of information, in early 1998, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) began developing an Internet Web site to provide access to the extensive portfolio of toxicology and environmental health databases located on NLM's Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET). This Web site (www.toxnet.nlm.nih.gov) is the topic of this report.

In late 1997, NLM decided to make the TOXNET databases available via an Internet World Wide Web site. During the development phase, NLM requested that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) conduct a study that would assess the usefulness and effectiveness of the new Web site. The IOM Committee on Internet Access to the NLM's Toxicology and Environmental Health Databases was formed in early 1998. The committee was charged with seeking input from health professionals on their assessment of the Web site and with providing recommendations on the refinements necessary to facilitate searches of the TOXNET Web site by health professionals, scientists, educators, and the general public.