What is Bookshelf and how does it relate to PubMed?

Bookshelf is an online resource providing free access to the full text of books, reports and documents about the life sciences and health care. It is a part of the NLM Literature Archive (NLM LitArch), and complements the PubMed Central® PMC database that contains full-text journal articles. The staff at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) —operating within the National Library of Medicine (NLM)— build and maintain both Bookshelf and PMC.

PubMed is a database of citations and abstracts for journal articles, books and documents. Some Bookshelf content has corresponding entries in PubMed (See PubMed Help for details on how to find Bookshelf content in PubMed).

Bookshelf and PubMed are interlinked in a variety of ways. PubMed citations have links to Bookshelf documents that cite them. (Note the Cited in Books link under the Related information panel on the right of the screen for this example of a PubMed-cited journal article.)  Similarly, journal citations appearing in the bibliography of a Bookshelf document include links to that citation’s PubMed record (example). You can also access PubMed citations related to a Bookshelf publication or its chapters through the PubMed link under the Related information panel on the right of the screen on book and chapter pages (example).
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  • Topic #: 28045-801
  • Date Created: 10/14/2016
  • Last Modified Since: 11/07/2017
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