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DIRLINE (Directory of Information Resources Online) is the National Library of Medicine's online database containing location and descriptive information about a wide variety of information resources including organizations, research resources, projects, and databases concerned with health and biomedicine. This information may not be readily available in bibliographic databases. Each record may contain information on the publications, holdings, and services provided.

DIRLINE contains over 8,500 records and focuses primarily on health and biomedicine, although it also provides limited coverage of some other special interests. These information resources fall into many categories including federal, state, and local government agencies; information and referral centers; professional societies; self-help groups and voluntary associations; academic and research institutions and their programs; information systems and research facilities. Topics include HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, most diseases and conditions including genetic and other rare diseases, health services research and technology assessment.

DIRLINE Access/Searching

DIRLINE is available through an easy to use interface at http://dirline.nlm.nih.gov/. DIRLINE can be searched using subject words (such as disease or condition) including Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®) or for the name or location of a resource.

DIRLINE now offers an A to Z list of over 8,500 organizations.

The following represents portions of a DIRLINE record:

Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Address:   5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244
Telephone:   toll-free (800) IM-AWARE, (972) 855-1600, fax (972) 855-1605
Internet Addresses:   http://www.komen.org
Abstract: The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (SGKF), established
in 1982, is a national organization with affiliates throughout the United States
and Europe. The mission of SGKF is to eradicate breast cancer as a life
threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening, and treatment.
Local affiliates, organized primarily through volunteers, provide funding
to community breast health services where needed and enhance existing services.
Affiliates educate the public about the importance of early detection through breast
self-examination and mammograms. Komen affiliates sponsor Race for the Cure
events throughout the nation. Proceeds from these races fund education programs,
mammography screening, and treatment programs for medically underserved women
as well as provide research grants. Breast health information is available
via a toll-free number and online. SGKF provides a variety of publications.
Type of Organization: Foundation, Information Center
National Network of Libraries of Medicine Region:   5
MESH Headings:   Breast Diseases, *Breast Neoplasms, Foundations, Health Promotion,
     Mammography, Hotlines, Self-Examination
Other Keywords:   Breast cancer, Breast self-examination, Mammograms
Record Identifier:   NLM/30700

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Last reviewed: 18 September 2008
Last updated: 18 September 2008
First published: 01 January 1994
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