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NLM Biomedical Information Resources for Early Career Investigators

NLM Biomedical Information Resources for Early Career Investigators

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is a leader in biomedical and health data science research and the world’s largest biomedical library. NLM develops, supports, and sustains biomedical information services that make the full range of biomedical information — literature, research data, software tools, data standards — findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable. Every day, NLM sends and receives more than 130 terabytes of data through critical resources such as PubMed, PubMed Central, GenBank, and Millions of researchers, clinicians, students, educators, and the general public use NLM services every day to support scientific discovery, health care delivery, and public health decision making.

Below is a listing of some of the many NLM Biomedical Information Resources that might be useful to investigators involved in HIV/AIDS research. The content in the majority of these resources covers a broad range of biomedical areas, so that researchers can easily research topics that intersect with, but may not be exclusive to, HIV/AIDS. For example, investigators may explore information about a symptom which might be a side effect of a certain class of drugs, may search for data on a constellation of symptoms, or may look at interactions between therapeutics specific for HIV/AIDS and other drugs.

  • PubMed contains more than 33 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.
  • PubMed Central is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.
  • – the world’s largest public clinical research registry and results database, providing patients, families, health care providers, researchers, and others access to information on clinical studies for a wide range of diseases and conditions.
  • GenBank – an annotated collection of all publicly available DNA sequences.
  • Sequence Read Archive – the largest publicly available repository of high throughput sequencing data. SRA stores raw sequencing data and alignment information to enhance reproducibility and facilitate new discoveries.
  • NCBI Virus – community portal for viral sequence data from RefSeq, GenBank, and other NCBI repositories.
  • HIV-1 Human Interaction Database - includes information gleaned from literature about the interaction between human and HIV-1 genes/proteins
  • ClinVar – aggregates information about genomic variation and its relationship to human health
  • PubChem – world’s largest collection of freely accessible chemical information
  • Structure – information on protein domains and macromolecular structures
  • AccessGUDID – Contains unique device identification and attributes information to identify devices sold in the U.S (from manufacturing through distribution to patient use). AccessGUDID is updated daily with new data received from FDA.
  • DailyMed – Provides authoritative information about marketed drugs in the United States, including the most current labeling information submitted by drug manufacturers to the FDA.
  • NLM Digital Collections – A free online repository of biomedical resources including books manuscripts, still images, videos, and maps. Digital Collections provides access to NLM’s rich historical resources, as well as select modern resources.
  • Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) helps investigators find training opportunities on a variety of topics related to using NLM and NIH scientific resources, local librarians who can assist them, as well as self-guided tools for data driven discovery. Researchers can select webinars, classes, and on-demand tutorials on topics such as health information, data services (including data management and sharing requirements), and grant and proposal writing. Additional training appears weekly.
    • Data Roadmap – Data science resources organized by core skills.
    • NNLM Guides and Resources – Browse NNLM’s curated collections that feature tools and programs, and informational materials from NLM, NIH, and other trusted sources of health information, research data, outreach toolkits, training opportunities, and much more.


This page last reviewed on January 18, 2022