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National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Bookshelf

The NCBI Bookshelf is a collection of biomedical books that can be searched online and that are linked to PubMed records through research paper citations within the text. The collection includes biomedical textbooks, other scientific titles, some genetic resources, such as Gene Review, and NCBI help manuals.

Through links to other resources at NCBI, such as PubMed, Gene, and OMIM, Bookshelf enables readers to discover relevant biomedical information (see Figure 1). A number of full-text books, reports and databases hosted in Bookshelf can be accessed through links in their corresponding entry in PubMed, a database of citations and abstracts for journal articles, books and documents (see the NLM Technical Bulletin for more information). PubMed and Bookshelf are also interlinked by 1) links in PubMed to publications in Bookshelf that have cited a PubMed citation in their bibliography, and 2) links to PubMed citations from articles cited in publications on Bookshelf.


Some of the information found in Bookshelf is provided by non-government authors and publishers, and as such is copyright protected. Since NCBI does not control the copyright for these books, you must contact the author or publisher to obtain permission before reproducing any material found in such publications. Such books are identified on Bookshelf web pages by the presence of the copyright symbol (©) at the bottom of the webpage. For more information, see the Bookshelf Copyright and Permissions, which also includes links to publisher-specified copyright statements.


September 13, 2010


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