NIH GUIDE, Volume 22, Number 21, June 11, 1993

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  Information Science/Systems 

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Resources subfile

(NIHRES) of the DIRLINE (Directory of Information Resources Online)

database has been recently revised and updated.  This database is

available on the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) computer and

includes biomedical resources supported by NIH funds that are

available to researchers throughout the country.  Investigators

conducting biomedical research frequently develop unique resources

such as specialized laboratories, materials, substances, organisms,

databases, and equipment, which may be valuable to other scientists

in the course of their work.  The NIH provides support, through

grants and contracts, to many of these resources, including electron

microscopy facilities, primate colonies, specialized laboratories,

and cell culture collections.

These resources are often difficult to identify and locate.  The

NIHRES files was established to communicate information about the

availability of these unique or novel research resources to the

scientific community.  The Institutes, Centers and Divisions (ICDs)

of NIH, including the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR),

have contributed information about these valuable resources to the

DIRLINE database.  It is the policy of the Public Health Service

(PHS) to make available to the public the results and accomplishments

of the activities it supports.

DIRLINE, and the NIHRES component, may be accessed by a variety of

terminals or microcomputers connected to NLM's computer facility.

Connection is established via direct telephone line, the TELENET,

TYMNET or CompuServe nationwide telecommunications networks, or the

Internet.  DIRLINE is also available using GRATEFUL MED, NLM's user-

friendly software for IBM-compatible PCs or Macintosh computers.

This software, available for $29.95 through the National Technical

Information Service (NTIS), allows novice users to access the NLM

system and the NIHRES subfile of DIRLINE to easily obtain the

information they need.  For further information about DIRLINE access

contact the MEDLARS Management Section of NLM at (800) 638-8480.


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