Category : Various Text files
Archive   : NLM-INFO.ZIP

Output of file : AIDSLINE.TXT contained in archive : NLM-INFO.ZIP

January 1994

AIDSLINE is an online computer file containing references to the
published literature on acquired immune deficiency syndrome. It focuses
on the biomedical, epidemiologic, health care administration, oncologic,
and social and behavioral sciences' AIDS literature. The file contains
citations (with abstracts if available) to journal articles, monographs,
meeting abstracts and papers, government reports, and theses from 1980
to the present.

AIDSLINE is one of three MEDLARS_ files focused on AIDS. The other two

AIDSTRIALS:information about AIDS-related clinical trials.

AIDSDRUGS:descriptive information about each agent being tested in those
clinical trials.

AIDSLINE became available on the MEDLARS system in July 1988. It
contains citations from the MEDLINE_, CANCERLIT_, HEALTH PLANNING &
ADMINISTRATION, CATLINE_ and AVLINE_ files. In addition, the meeting
abstracts from the Fifth through the Eighth International Conference on
AIDS, the Symposium on Nonhuman Primate Models for AIDS and the annual
meeting of the American Society for Microbiology are available on

Future Plans

During 1993 NLM plans to enhance AIDSLINE with AIDS-related citations
from BIOETHICS-LINE_. These records will provide access to reports,
dissertations, and newspaper articles that discuss ethical issues
related to AIDS treatment and the AIDS epidemic. AIDS-related
information from additional MEDLARS files, such as POPLINE_, will be
added in the future. The intent is to keep AIDSLINE as "MEDLINE-like" as
possible yet retain the nature or special features of the records from
other contributing sources. Every effort will be made to avoid duplicate

NLM will continue to evaluate other resources of published literature
for possible inclusion in AIDSLINE.


1. AIDSLINE currently contains over 90,000 citations from 1980 forward.

2. Online access is at no cost to users.

3. Access the database on MEDLARS by issuing a 'FILE AIDSLINE' or 'FILE
AIDS' command.

4. AIDSLINE is updated: on a weekly basis with MEDLINE citations once a
month with HEALTH, CANCERLIT, CATLINE and AVLINE citations (Approximately
1,000 citations total are added each month). periodically with indexed
abstracts from AIDS-related conferences.

5. Automatic SDI service current awareness can be used with AIDSLINE.

6. Structure and searching is similar to that of MEDLINE, e.g.: author,
MeSH_ heading, subheading, text word, and pre-explosion searching and
PRINT commands are the same. Title word searching using Title Field Text
Words (TF) is available on AIDSLINE.

7. AIDSLINE is available as a menu choice on both the IBM and Macintosh
versions of GRATEFUL MED_.

  3 Responses to “Category : Various Text files
Archive   : NLM-INFO.ZIP

  1. Very nice! Thank you for this wonderful archive. I wonder why I found it only now. Long live the BBS file archives!

  2. This is so awesome! 😀 I’d be cool if you could download an entire archive of this at once, though.

  3. But one thing that puzzles me is the “mtswslnkmcjklsdlsbdmMICROSOFT” string. There is an article about it here. It is definitely worth a read: