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Rev Neurol. 1999 Sep 1-15;29(5):471-8.

[Systems of biomedical information on the internet: bibliographic contents and electronic magazines].

[Article in Spanish]

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Unidad de Reumatología, Hospital General de Castellón, España.



In this article we review two of the main Internet information services for seeking references to bibliography and journals, and the electronic publications on the Internet, with particular emphasis on those related to neurosciencs.


The main indices of bibliography are: 1. MEDLINE. By definition, this is the bibliography database. It is an 'on line' version of the magazine with a smaller format, published weekly with the title pages and summaries of most of the biomedical journals. It is based on the Index Medicus, a bibliographic index (on paper) which annually collects references to the most important biomedical journals. 2. EMBASE (Excerpta Medica). It is a direct competitor to MEDLINE, although it has the disadvantage of lack of government subsidies and is privately financed only. This bibliographic database, produced by the publishers Elsevier of Holland, covers approximately 3,500 biomedical journals from 110 countries, and is particularly useful for articles on drugs and toxicology. 3. Current Contents. It publishes the index Current Contents, a classic in this field, much appreciated by scientists in all areas: medicine, social, technology, arts and humanities. At present, it is available in an on line version known as CCC (Current Contents Connect), accessible through the web, but only to subscribers.


There is a growing tendency towards the publication of biomedical journals on the Internet. Its full development, if correctly carried out, will mean the opportunity to have the best information available and will result in great benefit to all those who are already using new information technology.

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