MEDLINE - EBSCO Subscription

MEDLINE is a database of more than 17 million bibliographic citations and author abstracts in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, and preclinical sciences. It covers more than 5400 journals published in the United States and in over 70 foreign countries. About 90% of the records are from English-language sources or have English abstracts.

EBSCO Interface

  1. Has a direct Library Catalog link allowing you to locate a journal in the UT Library.
  2. There are many full text nursing & medical journals included.
  3. Check the "Suggest Subject Terms" box and MeSH terms are automatically generated.
  4. Can use the "Sign In to my EBSCOhost" feature to save your searches and collections of articles. You can also share your collections with others.
  5. Only updated monthly compared to PubMed's MEDLINE which is updated daily.

Medical Subject Headings in MEDLINE

MEDLINE is one of the premier databases for locating research based professional citations in the nursing, medical, and allied health fields. MEDLINE uses a controlled vocabulary (thesaurus) called MeSH (medical subject headings). Controlled vocabulary means that indexers, who are usually subject experts, have read the articles and assigned specific terms from the thesarus to identify the article. The idea behind MeSH is that all articles about the same concept are assigned the same standarized subject heading.

For example, one author may use the words diabetes type 1, another may use insulin dependent diabetes and a third may use diaabetes mellitus, sudden-onset. However, all articles will be indexed under Diabetes Mellitus, Insulin-Dependent, the MeSH term.

Example of an EBSCO MEDLINE citation


Development of a dynamic model to guide health disparities research


Rew L; Hoke MM: Horner SD: Walker L

Author's Address:

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.


Nursing Outlook 2009 May-Jun: Vol. 57 (3), ppl 132-42

Publication type:

Journal article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Review

Subject Headings - MeSH Terms

  • Health Status Disparities*
  • Models, Nursing*
  • Research Design*
  • Health Services
  • Nursing Research/*organization & administration
  • Causality
  • Health promotion
  • Mexican Americans
  • Cooperative Behavior

The * means a major subject heading versus a minor one.

Looking at these subject headings gives you an idea of what the article is about and can help you choose other terms to use for searching.

See the National Library of Medicine's MeSH headings Browser for information about Medical Subject headings and how to use them.