Scientific and Technical Literature

The Global Index Medicus (GIM) provides worldwide access to biomedical and public health literature produced by and within low-middle income countries. There are more than 1.9 million of documents available in all Regional Indexes Medici together, of which more than 1 million with full text access. All of them are available in a unique search interface: The Global Index Medicus. Try it now!

The contents of the Global Index Medicus (GIM) come from the Regional Indexes Medici, coordinated by each WHO Regional Office. The advantage of GIM is to put together all information from the Regions in the same search interface. Nevertheless, it is also possible to access them individually according the following links:

According to information needs, there are other options to search scientific and technical information in health, such as:

  • WHO IRIS – Institutional Repository of WHO
  • PAHO IRIS – Institutional Repository of PAHO/WHO
  • Hinari – Access to Research for Health programme
  • Virtual Health Library (VHL/BVS) – coordinated by BIREME/PAHO/WHO, contains more than 30 information sources, including Medline and LILACS, with about 30 million of bibliographic records.
  • Pubmed – comprises more than 29 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
  • SciELO – Scientific Electronic Library Online.
  • Epistemonikos – Combines the best of Evidence-Based Health Care, information technologies and a network of experts to provide a unique tool for people making decisions concerning clinical or health-policy questions
  • RedETSA/BRISA – Regional Base of Health Technology Assessment Reports of the Americas
  • BIGG – International database of GRADE guidelines