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PubMed is the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) platform for searching MEDLINE.
Besides MEDLINE, PubMed also includes PubMed Central and Bookshelf.
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MEDLINE is produced by the NLM, is the premiere database of biomedical citations, and is freely available.
"MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is the NLM controlled vocabulary thesaurus used for indexing articles for PubMed." -- NCBI. NLM. MeSH
MeSH consists of sets of terms naming descriptors in a hierarchical structure that permits searching at various levels of specificity. An advantage of controlled vocabularies, like MeSH, is that a single term has been used to represent a particular concept no matter how it was referred to in the original article.
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