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Databases beginning with the letter P.


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Description: Full text of El Pais newspaper.   See the userguide to locate the digital editions link.
Coverage: 4th May 1976 onwards
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Description: This resource covers issues in the public debate through selective coverage of a wide variety of international sources including journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, web content, and more. PAIS International is the current file covering 1972 to present. Topics covered include: Economic conditions, Education, Energy resources and policy, Government, Health conditions, Human rights, International Relations, Labor conditions and policy, Politics, Social conditions, Civil rights movement.



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Description: The electronic version of the celebrated Registres et lettres des Papes du XIIIe siecle (32 vols.; Rome, 1883- ) and the Registres et lettres des Papes du XIV e siecle (48 vols.; Rome, 1899- ). Complemented with unpublished information. More than 220,000 documents providing insights into the most varied aspects of medieval society. A valuable resource for researchers of artistic patronage, this database will be useful for History of Art, Divinity and History researchers.



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Description: Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940) remains the best-known of the Chamberlain family due to his controversial policy of "appeasement" towards Hitler. The Papers of Neville Chamberlain contain political papers documenting his policies as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Prime Minister, but also highlight his personal correspondence with his family. These provide insight into the intentions behind his policies, his concerns at the development of the Second World War, as well as letters covering his life together with his wife Annie and his sisters, particularly Hilda and Ida. The correspondence of his wife with his biographer and the handling of his estates following his death can be found in this collection as well.



Parliament Rolls of Medieval England

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The rolls of parliament were the official records of the meetings of the English parliament from the reign of Edward I (1272 - 1307) until the reign of Henry VII (1485 - 1509), after which they were superseded by the journals of the lords and, somewhat later, of the commons. The rolls, which amount in total to over four million words, were first edited in the eighteenth century and published in 1783 in six folio volumes entitled Rotuli Parliamentorum ( RP ) under the general editorship of the Reverend John Strachey.

Coverage: 1272-1509





Passport (Euromonitor International)

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Description: Provides online access to business intelligence on countries, consumers and industries. It offers integrated access to statistics, market reports, company profiles and information sources, with breadth and depth of international coverage. It is especially useful for studying entry into new country markets, the launch of new products and services targeted to new consumer market segments, benchmarking companies against competitors or investigating the growth potential of specific industry sectors. Complete reports can be generated.
Coverage: 205 countries are researched, with extended coverage of 52.
Note: First time users will be asked to register



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Description: The Past Master Series encompasses the largest collection of full-text electronic editions in philosophy in the world, in both the original language and in English translation. Combined with powerful web-based search and reference tools, the Past Masters series provides scholars with significantly-enhanced and highly-flexible access to the classic texts.



See the above link for a list of Patents e-resources available to the University of Edinburgh.



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Description: Database of web-based tutorials designed to help students understand the basic pathological principles of disease by exploiting techniques in learning psychology.
  They can be used by beginners for learning the subject for the first time or by more advanced students for review and self-assessment.
  The tutorials were written and developed by experienced university teachers over the last ten years and have been subsequently edited and enhanced by both staff and students.



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Description: Electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina, published between 1844 and 1855, and the four volumes of indexes published between 1862 and 1865. Comprising the original Latin texts of the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216, the database also includes the prefatory material, critical apparatus, and Migne's column numbers.



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Description: Electronic version of Migne's Patrologiae Graecae contains more than 160 volumes of Greek material (with Latin translations) relevant to the study of the history of the Christian Church from its beginnings through the Council of Florence in 1439.
  The electronic version has been created using the first edition of Patrologiae Graecae.


Access information: Select the ‘Source’ tab and select title from the A-Z list. Also availbale from Factiva. Click on Source and select title from A-Z list or search for title. Cookies must be enabled on your browser.
Description: Full text of Sunday tabloid newspaper, The People. Available online within two days of publication. Some articles by freelancers, some features and some supplements may not be available.
Coverage: LexisLibrary: from 2nd Jan 1994.

Factiva: From 5th March 1995 (Selected coverage from 5 March 1995 to 6 April 1996).

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People's Daily (From 1946-May 2012)

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Description: Complete archives of the People's Daily (Ren min ri bao) newspaper 1946- May 2012 and current subscription from June 2012- December 2016.  People's Daily is the most important official newspaper in China, recording social, economic and political life in the country.  The database can be browsed by date, and is searchable by date, article title, author, and keyword in the full text. This database is in simplified Chinese.
Coverage: For access to content from June 2012- December 2016, please follow the second link above.  2019 content is available from the third link above but please note this is a free (ie non-subscribed) source and is outwith the control of the Library.


PEP Web Archive

see Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP) Web Archive below



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Description: Digital facsimiles of over 230 manuscripts written or compiled by women in the British Isles during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, sourced from 15 libraries and archives in the UK and North America.
  These early modern women authors were otherwise little known because their writing exists only in manuscript form. Manscript content includes works of poetry, drama, religious writing, autobiographical material, cookery and medical recipes, and accounts.
  Contains biographical and bibliographical resources, as well as contextual essays by academics working in the field.
Coverage: 16th -17th centuries.



Periodicals Archive Online

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Description: An archival databases of digitised journal backfiles in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Periodicals Archive Online covers 37 subject categories, in a number of languages.
Coverage: From journal first issue up to 2000.



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Description: A database of journal articles citations in the arts, humanities and social sciences. covers 37 subject categories, in 44 languages and dialects.
Coverage: From journal first issue up to 1995.



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Description: The 2010 online edition of Paul Robert's popular French dictionary Le Nouveau Petit Robert De La Langue Francaise which was first published in 1967. The Dictionary contains 60,000 word entries with 300,000 definitions illustrated by examples. 1,240 author biographical references. It also includes idioms, homonyms, synonyms, antonyms, and hundreds of citations. Updated annually.




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Description: Contains bibliographical information and abstracts of articles in philosophy and related disciplines published in over 1600 journals world wide. Major areas covered include aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, history of philosophy, logic, metaphysics, political and social philosophy, and the philosophy of disciplines, including education, history, language, law, religion and science.  Updated quartely.
Coverage: From 1940 to date.



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Description: PhilPapers is a comprehensive index of philosophy books and articles. PhilPapers offers unique features such as real-time indexing of pre-prints, fine-grained classification by topic, email alerts, reading lists, advanced search functionality, and discussion forums.
Coverage: Main areas are History of Western Philosophy, Metaphysics and Epistemology, Philosophical Traditions, Science, Logic and Mathematics, Value Theory.



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Description: The database indexes physical education literature, including peer-reviewed journals, report literature, conference proceedings, trade magazines, patents, articles from the popular press, and many other publications. The database is updated monthly.
Coverage: From 1970 onwards.



Physical Sciences Data-science Service (PSDS)

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Free at the point of access for students and academics of UK academic institutions.

Personal registration may be required for some services. VPN service may be required to register from off campus.


A suite of chemistry databases and tools provided by the University of Southampton and the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Funded by the EPSRC.

Coverage: Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), DETHERM, ACD/ILab, BIOVIA Available Chemicals Directory (ACD),  FIZ Karlsruhe's Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD), CrystalWorks and SPRESIweb.
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About the Physical Sciences Data-science Service

(Science & Technology Facilities Services [Daresbury] hosted CrystalWorks access)




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Picture Post Historical Archive

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The Picture Post Historical Archive comprises the complete archive of the Picture Post from its first issue in 1938 to its last in 1957, digitized from originals in full colour. Picture Post's innovative use of photojournalism brought the major social and political issues of the day into popular consciousness, providing a snapshot of everyday British life from the 1930s to the 1950s.




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Plant Micromorphology Bibliography

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Description: 90,000 references to publications on plant anatomy and pollen/spore morphology in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and is regularly updated with new literature. All aspects of angiosperm and gymnosperm plant structure are covered, together with vegetative anatomy of pteridophytes. Maintained by the Kew Micromorphology Group.



Plumb's Veterinary Drugs

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Description: Plumb's Veterinary Drugs is a highly trusted veterinary drug resource providing access to up-to-date veterinary drug information. It includes information on dose, dosage forms, drug interactions and adverse effects.  There is also information about pharmacokinetics, and storage/stability.
Notes: The app is only for individual subscribers not library users.  To access on a mobile device, use this link in your browser.



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Description: These files represent a large portion of the archives of the British-run municipal police force based in Shanghai's former International Settlement. This self-governing area was administered not by the Chinese but by the international group of merchants and bankers who paid the taxes and controlled the municipal council. The Special Branch of the Shanghai Municipal Police was charged with providing an orderly environment for Shanghai's foreign trade and commerce.
Coverage: 1894-1945



Political Science Complete

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Description: Political Science Complete provides nearly 340 full-text reference books and monographs and more than 44,000 full-text conference papers, which includes those from the International Political Science Association. The database also provides a subject-specific thesaurus with more than 23,500 terms to provide subject searching guidance to researchers. Subject coverage includes comparative politics, humanitarian issues, international relations, law and legislation, non-governmental organizations and political theory.
Coverage: 1965 - present.


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Description: Practical Law is a database of legal know-how, transactional analysis and market intelligence for lawyers.




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Description: This is the complete full-text and full-image archive of the most important newspaper of the Soviet era. Pravda (or "Truth") was the official voice of Soviet communism and the Central Committee of the Communist Party between 1918 and 1991.
  The database is in Russian.
Coverage: 1912 – present.



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Description: Almost 2,000 key titles from the film collection acquired by the US Library of Congress from the collection's founder, Rick Prelinger. The ephemeral (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films from between 1927-1987 are public domain and made available under creative commons licence for free downloading and reuse. All subjects.



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Description: Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt through to Richard M. Nixon all secretly recorded many of their conversations in the Oval Office. The resulting 5,000 hours of telephone and meeting tape recorded during their time in the White House capture some of the most significant moments in modern American political history. From Birmingham to Berlin, from Medicare to My Lai, from Selma to SALT, and from Watts to Watergate, the presidential recordings offer a unique window into the shaping of U.S. domestic and foreign policy. This history is now accessible via the Presidential Recordings Digital Edition (PRDE), the online portal for annotated transcripts of the White House tapes published by the Presidential Recordings Program (PRP). The transcripts are presented in PRDE alongside the corresponding audio, enabling users to read and listen to these conversations simultaneously. The database currently has recordings and transcripts from Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon and the site is updated regularly.



Access information: Access on and off campus. there are currently some problems with access to Project Muse. To ensure full access, once onto the site click the Login link. Then under the Federations heading choose UK Federation (United Kingdom). Scroll through list and click on University of Edinburgh.
Description: Provides access to almost 600 full text journals from 30 scholarly publishers, covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.
Note: There is no subscription to the e-books, the only e-books available are the open access titles.




Access information: Freely available from International Society for Infectious Diseases
Description: The Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases is a current awareness tool with a database archive, recording infectious disease outbreaks and acute human exposure to toxins. It is produced by the International Society for Infectious Diseases, and contains reports from official sources, the media, observers and others, investigated by experts before inclusion.
Coverage: 1994 to present.



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Description. Based on ABI/INFORM Complete, this database has speciality business subject resources for accounting / tax, public finance, investment/financial management, banking, compliance / governance, enterprise / innovation, economics and Asian business.



ProQuest Criminal Justice

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Description. ProQuest Criminal Justice is a comprehensive database supporting research on crime, its causes and impacts, legal and social implications, as well as litigation and crime trends. As well as U.S. and international scholarly journals, it includes correctional and law enforcement trade publications, crime reports, crime blogs and other material relevant for researchers or those preparing for careers in criminal justice, law enforcement and related fields.
Coverage: 1972 onwards. Coverage varies by individual title.



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Description: Millions of searchable citations to worldwide dissertation and theses. Around 70,000 new dissertations and theses added annually.
Coverage: Simple bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1637.  Each dissertation published since July, 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts.
Full-text: 1997 to date, with selected coverage from earlier years.  Full text for certain publications is subject to market availability.
Note: Index to Theses has been asbsorbed into this product since January 2015.



ProQuest Education Journals

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ProQuest Education Journals gives users access to over 900 top educational publications, including more than 600 of the titles in full text. The coverage spans the literature on primary, secondary and higher education as well as special education, home schooling and adult education. Many titles are indexed in the ERIC database.

Coverage: 1988 onwards.



ProQuest One Literature

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ProQuest One Literature (PQOL) is the upgraded version of Literature Online (LION, also in the Database list) but the content is double the size of LION. It contains all the content from core Literature Online plus all the content from LION Premium, plus literature content pulled from other ProQuest resources that we also subscribe to, including Historic Literary Criticism and African Writers Series, as well as the most relevant literary studies content curated from ProQuest Central, Academic Video Online, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, and Academic Complete.  

PQOL contains 3 million literature citations from thousands of journals, monographs, dissertations, and more than 500,000 primary works – including rare and obscure texts, multiple versions, and non-traditional sources like comics, theatre performances, and author readings. Enhanced by interpretive sources such as book reviews and criticism sourced from wider, interdisciplinary publications in the fields such as humanities and history, it provides diverse, global perspectives with sources from all over the world – Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America - the majority of which are in full-text. Newspaper book reviews will added in the future.

PQOL differs from LION also in its discipline-specific user experience, hand-keyed primary texts, the ABELL index, and a collection of author and literary movement pages, with more discipline user experience enhancements to come in the future as the product grows. PQOL is also a community-based  literary studies tool for scholars who must engage with an exhaustive and diverse set of scholarly resources around a given literary topic for research, teaching and learning. The database can be browed by literary period, literary movement, author name or literature collections.

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ProQuest Political Science

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This database gives users access to hundreds of leading political science and international relations journals, providing full-text of many core titles indexed in Worldwide Political Science Abstracts. In addition, over a thousand recent full-text doctoral dissertations on political science topics are included, together with working papers, conference proceedings, country profiles, political news and other sources.

Coverage: 1985 - current



ProQuest Social Science Journals

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Description. This database offers indexing and full text for hundreds of academic journals, providing extensive coverage across a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, criminology, economics, education, political science, psychology, social work and sociology.
Coverage: 1911 onwards. Coverage varies by individual title.



ProQuest Sociology

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This database covers the international literature of sociology and social work, including culture and social structure, history and theory of sociology, social psychology, substance abuse and addiction and more. This collection provides full-text coverage of many core titles included in Sociological Abstracts and Social Services Abstracts.

Coverage: 1985 - current



Prosopographie der mittelbyzantinischen Zeit

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Description: The Prosopographie der mittelbyzantinischen Zeit Online/Prosopography of the Middle Byzantine Period Online (PMBZ Online) is a comprehensive biographical dictionary for the Byzantine Empire in the early Medieval Period (641-1025 AD) documenting more than 21,000 persons. PMBZ Online is based on the print edition of the Prosopographie der mittelbyzantinischen Zeit which appeared in two parts 1998 and 2013. PMBZ Online documents all persons mentioned either by name or anonymously in the relevant Byzantine and non-Byzantine sources, and secondly all persons mentioned in the Byzantine sources both from Western Europe and from the Arabic and Slavonic areas, together with those from the Christian East.



PROSPERO: International prospective register of systematic reviews

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Protocol details for systematic reviews relevant to health and social care, welfare, public health, education, crime, justice, and international development, where there is a health related outcome.

Systematic review protocols on PROSPERO can include any type of any study design. Reviews of reviews and reviews of methodological issues that contain at least one outcome of direct patient or clinical relevance are also accepted.

Additional information: Produced by CRD and funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).




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Description: The database is part of the ARTFL Project. It contains 38 works of French poetry from the 12th and 13th centuries.



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Description: Produced and copyrighted ? by the American Psychological Association, and is a database of full-text articles from 56 journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber.
  The database includes all material from the print journals with the exception of advertisements, editorial board lists, instructions to authors and similar material.




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American Psychological Association produced with citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books and technical reports, as well as citations to dissertations, all in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines.

Detailed information about PsycINFO

Coverage: Journal coverage, from 1806 to the present, includes international material selected from more than 2,400 journals written in over 29 languages. Current chapter and book coverage includes worldwide English-language material from 1806 to the present.
NHS Staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network



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Description: Full-text psychoanalysis resource of: 68 journals; 100 classic psychoanalytic books; editorial notes of the 24 volumes of the Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud; 18 volume German Freud Standard Edition Gesammelte Werke and over 40 videos.
Coverage: 1871 onwards.  Access to all content on their website. 



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Description: Fifty training videos for mental health professionals. Individual titles are recorded in DiscoverEd but include series on Evidence-Based Treatment Planning, Psychotherpay Essentials, Understanding Group Psychotherapy, Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Disorders and Psychotherapy with the Experts which investigates how much therapy has to do with the style and personality of the therapist versus their theoretical model.



PTSDpubs (formerly PILOTS: Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress)

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Description: Citations to literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health sequelae of traumatic events. Produced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD.

Citations from 1871 onwards.



Public Health Image Library (PHIL)

Access information: Freely available.
Description: Stills, videos and illustrations from the USA's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

For use as reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages. Images are either "Public Domain" (free use) or "Copyright Protected" (restricted, obtain permission before use). Look directly beneath an image for this information.



Public Information Online

Description: Public Information Online contains material from the UK Parliament, Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly & Scottish Government Papers. PIO contains a Bill Tracker for the UK Parliament, Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly. This service is provided by Dandy Booksellers and is updated daily.
Coverage: UK Parliament (House of Commons- Papers 1998 onwards and Bills 1919 onwards, House of Lords Papers and Bills 1901 onwards, Command Papers 1955 onwards, Public Bill and General Committee Debates 1919 onwards, House of Commons and House of Lords Hansard 1909 onwards, Public General Acts 1901 onwards), Scottish Parliament (from session 3), Northern Ireland Assembly (from 2008/09 session), National Assembly for Wales (2008 onwards), Key non Parliamentary Publications in Education, Health, Charities, Defence, Transport and the Civil Service Yearbook (1947 onwards).  
Additional information: Please note that House of Commons / House of Lords Hansard volumes from 1909 can be searched and viewed online on Public Information Online, but not downloaded. Please see House of Commons Parliamentary Papers and House of Lords Papers for this functionality.



Access information: Free service of the National Library of Medicine (U.S.A.).

Includes over 14 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.

MEDLINE, PubMed, and PMC (PubMed Central): How are they different?

Additional information: Accessing full-text papers
Note: The ability to view University of Edinburgh links to fulltext is currently missing - reported to NCBI 29/9/17



Access information: Access free from the US National Library of Medicine

The U.S. National Library of Medicine's free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

MEDLINE, PubMed, and PMC (PubMed Central): How are they different?