Medline and the Internet
Myles Clough, MD, DPhil
Mel Heiman, MD
Eugene Sherry, MD
This chapter is concerned with helping you find useful information on the Internet.
The ability to search a database is one of the great advantages of computerised
information storage. However, it does have frustrations, born of the enormous amounts of
data that is stored and the fact that simple searching strategies may not give you what
There are three potential
responses to this situation, learn to use searches effectively, abandon using the Internet
for information or wade through a mass of superfluous information. These pages are for
those who would like to chose the first option!
We have divided the topic
into: (1) searching the literature using the Medline database, (2) searching the Internet
in general, and (3) searching the subset of the Internet which contains the most valuable
Searching the Literature
can be done for free through the Internet Grateful Med
(IGM) or the PubMed entrances to the
Medline Database. Via this route you can get access to abstracts of the majority of papers
published in major orthopaedic journals. Using the Loansome Doc facility you can also
obtain paper copies of the articles of interest for a modest fee and within a few days.
Your search may turn up a huge number of papers, few of which meet your needs. To avoid
this frustration we suggest a number of strategies in the didactic
session and have constructed 2 workshops, one on PubMed and
one on IGM.
The Internet as a whole
can be searched using the major search engines such as AltaVista, Yahoo,
Use of these engines and strategies to improve your chances of finding the pages that
interest you are discussed in the didactic session and
opportunities to use these skills are provided in the workshop.
If you wish to confine
your search to sites with confirmed orthopaedic content you can use the OrthoSearch or OrthoGuide
search engines or review the browsable collection of links in Orthopaedic Web Links (OWL). These subjects are
discussed in greater detail in the didactic session and the workshop of the subject.
should be able to see from this page where to go, depending on his/her current state of
knowledge about the topic
- All external links
mentioned on all pages of this module arranged in alphabetical order
Please send in comments about this module of the Guide
to the Orthopaedic Internet.