National Library of Medicine and OVID Announce Changes to AIDSLINE, BIOETHICSLINE, and HealthSTAR Databases

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the producer of the MEDLINE, AIDSLINE, BIOETHICSLINE, HealthSTAR, and other biomedical databases, recently announced that it will stop producing the AIDSLINE, BIOETHICSLINE, and HealthSTAR databases, effective January 2001. Therefore, effective January 2001, BUMC MEDLINE Plus/OVID will no longer be updating these files individually.

Instead, BUMC MEDLINE Plus/OVID will provide access to the data in these subject subsets as part of the MEDLINE database. In conjunction with the NLM's data reorganization, from a subject-based division to a format-based division, starting in 2001, MEDLINE will begin to include citations for journal and journal-like (e.g. newsletters) articles that previously would have been included in the AIDSLINE, BIOETHICSLINE, and HealthSTAR subject files.

To aid searchers in the retrieval of these records, BUMC MEDLINE Plus/OVID will provide a mechanism in MEDLINE that will enable users to easily limit their results to records that meet the NLM search criteria for each of these two files. Ongoing acess to the backfiles will continue to be provided.

BUMC MEDLINE Plus/OVID users who have any questions or comments about the database reorganization are encouraged to contact the Alumni Medical Library Reference Desk at 617-638-4228 or refquest@med-libwww.bu.edu.