Cochrane and PubMed Central databases

Cochrane and PubMed Central databases

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PubMed Central (PMC) is free to users that provides over 23 million biomedical and life science journal literature (Fatehi, Gray, & Wootton, 2013).  Along with free access, PMC requires publishers to meet certain requirements to be able to allow the journal article into the archive.  These requirements include: completing and submitting a formal application, a review of quality of their files, and also a review of the scientific and editorial quality of the journal content (PMC website, n.d.).  Another great aspect of PMC is it allows incorporation with other resources.  PMC can store and cross reference data with other resources allowing users to be able to search all full text articles within all pertinent material (PMC website, n.d.).


I searched Medline for Medline database.  Medline is the main bibliographic database derived from PubMed Central in which 19 million of the 23 million journal literatures are from Medline (Fatehi et al., 2013).  Medline dates back to the mid-1800s when Dr. John Billings received a job in the Surgeon General’s Office and decided to create a medical library of medical literature for physicians (Fatehi et al., 2013).  Medline did not receive the name Medline until 1971.  Medline is user friendly when researching journal literature.  The Cochrane Collaboration works within Medline to detect citations associated to clinical trials from the journals (U.S. National Library of Medicine website, 2014). Cochrane and PubMed Central databases.

Although Cochrane Library is not as easy to navigate as Medline or CINAHL, Cochrane Library is the best database to utilize when applying the key questions to locate research.  According to O’Mathuna & Fineout-Overholt (2015) the studies must be valid and unbias.  The studies must also be reliable and applicable to the patient (O’Mathuna & Fineout-Overholt, 2015).  The Cochrane Library, which is part of the Wiley Library, is the best database to use for accurate systematic reviews.



Fatehi, F., Gray, L. C., & Wootton, R. (2013, December 1). How to improve your PubMed/MEDLINE searches: 1. background and basic searching. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 19(8), 479-486.

O’Mathuna, D. P., & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2015). Critically appraising quantitative evidence for clinical decision making. In B. M. Melnyk & E. Fineout-Overholt (Eds.), Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: A guide to best practice (3 ed., pp. 87-138). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health.

PMC website. (n.d.).

U.S. National Library of Medicine website. (2014).

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