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PubMed Dietary Supplement Subset
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What is the PubMed Dietary Supplement Subset?

The PubMed Dietary Supplement Subset was developed jointly by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) to help people search easily for journal articles related to a broad spectrum of dietary supplement-related literature, including articles on vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, ergogenics, botanical, and herbal supplements in human nutrition and animal models. The subset will retrieve dietary supplement-related citations on topics including, but not limited to: chemical composition, biochemical role and function — both in vitro and in vivo, clinical trials, health and adverse effects, fortification, traditional Chinese medicine and other folk/ethnic supplement practices, cultivation of botanical products used as dietary supplements, and surveys of dietary supplement use.

It is a subset (a part) of all citations found on the NLM's PubMed and offers all of the features and benefits of PubMed.

The PubMed Dietary Supplement Subset succeeds the International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) database, 1999–2010, which was a collaboration between the two U.S. government agencies, ODS and United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library.

What is PubMed?

PubMed is a database of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) that provides an easy way to access over 11 million journal citations in the MEDLINE database and additional life science journals. NLM is the world's largest library of the health sciences, located at the National Institutes of Health. PubMed is free and searchable through the Internet. In addition, PubMed has a "LinkOut" feature that links a citation to outside sources for the full text of the article (some publishers may require a subscription or a fee); over 2,700 journals are linked. Another feature of PubMed, "Related Articles," lets you obtain a set of citations that are closely related to the selected article. NLM regularly adds new citations to PubMed.

Who will use this database?

The PubMed Dietary Supplement Subset will be used by researchers, academicians, dietitians and nutrition professionals, pharmacists and other health care providers, dietary supplement industry representatives, students, consumers, advocacy organizations, and many others as a resource to find citations related to dietary supplements. Please note that it is not the intention of the NLM or ODS to provide specific medical advice or recommendations for use or prescription of dietary supplements, but rather to provide people with access to sources of information.

How do I access the PubMed Dietary Supplement Subset?

You can access PubMed Dietary Supplement Subset from any computer with Internet access. You do not need to register.

When searching from the ODS Web site, your searches will be automatically limited to dietary supplement-related citations. If you search directly from PubMed, you need to limit the search to the Dietary Supplement subset. The Dietary Supplements subset was formerly available under the Limits feature that appeared under the main search box in PubMed. The Limits have been replaced with "Filters" to the left of search results. First, scroll down and click on "Choose additional filters." Then select and apply "Subjects." Under Subjects, select "more . . ." and then select and apply "Dietary Supplements" to bring Dietary Supplements into your Filters list. The Dietary Supplement subset will now be activated for your search until you "clear" it.

Where can I find help using the PubMed Dietary Supplement Subset?

To find help using the PubMed Dietary Supplement Subset, review the information under PubMed's Help and FAQ sections. This information is accessible from the sidebar while you are in PubMed. You may also e-mail NLM's customer service.

How can I learn more about the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)?

Get answers to your questions about the Office of Dietary Supplements.

Browse the ODS website or contact us.

For general information on dietary supplements, check out the Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets. ODS provides general information about dietary supplement ingredients. Please note that we cannot answer specific medical questions, make referrals, or provide guidance on the use of dietary supplements. Those questions are best answered by a physician or other qualified health care provider who can tell you if dietary supplements are right for you and what effects they may have on your health.

How can I learn more about the National Library of Medicine (NLM)?

The Library has an extensive Web site at www.nlm.nih.govexternal link icon that provides a great variety of information for the general public and for health professionals. The site requires no registration and users are assured of complete privacy.