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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Informatics
- Library and Information Sciences
- Health Information Management