Five large Chinese biomedical bibliographic databases: Accessibility and coverage

Jun Xia, Judith Wright, Clive E. Adams

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Background: Much biomedical research is now undertaken in China. Methods: Five large biomedical databases originating from China (cbm, cmcc, cnki, vip and wanfang) are described and their utility and accessibility investigated. Results: These databases index 2500 journals largely not familiar to medline users. Free access, search features, record selection, ease of downloading and cost of subscription varies considerably between databases. Conclusion: Searches in all databases benefit from the use of simplified Chinese and all provide links to full text articles. Less than 6% of the 2500 journals in the five databases were listed as being indexed for MEDLINE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-61
Number of pages7
JournalHealth Information and Libraries Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Health Information Management


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