Although health information for the public is not part of the mission of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), it currently maintains online directories, such as DIRLINE
(directory of health care organizations) and DBIR (directory of biotechnology information resources).
is a small file (about 10,000 records) in comparison to the vast NLM databases.
In addition, registered users receive free use of the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE, AIDSLINE, AIDSDRUGS, AIDSTRIALS, and DIRLINE
databases of professional literature.
The action, effective immediately, means that the 75,000 members of the NLM international online database network may now search AIDSLINE, AIDSDRUGS, AIDSTRIALS, and DIRLINE
But many searchers have not yet tried other MEDLARS databases such as AIDSLINE (bibliographic references), DIRLINE
(Directory of Information Resources), AVLINE (audiovisuals), HISTLINE (history of medicine), or SDILINE (current months input into MEDLINE).