U.S. government shutdown’s impact on medical databases

A quick note for users of PubMed and MEDLINE: both are available, but indexing for MEDLINE has ceased until the government reopens, which means that new articles are not being added.


Here is the official statement regarding MEDLINE:

Due to the lapse in US Government funding, Ovid Medline is not receiving any record or data updates until further notice.

The latest update to Ovid MEDLINE(R) was October 2, 2013. AutoAlerts scheduled for October 9, 2013 will be sent. The updates included the following:

• Ovid MEDLINE(R) Corrections
• Ovid OLDMEDLINE(R) <1946 to 1965>
• Ovid MEDLINE(R) <2009 to September Week 4 2013>

The latest update to Ovid MEDLINE(R) In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations was October 1, 2013. Staff and students who use AutoAlerts and saved searches for Ovid MEDLINE(R) In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations will not receive new alerts. Once Ovid receives new data from the National Library of Medicine, you may see larger than normal updates (additions & revised records).


Here is a useful list of the status of various U.S. government information services (including Center for Disease Control Reports, PubMed/NCBI, ClinicalTrials.gov, etc.) compiled and being updated by librarian Alisha Miles.


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