NCBI Bookshelf in PubMed–full text biomedical books

The Bookshelf is a growing collection of biomedical books that can be searched directly by typing a concept into the textbox above and selecting “Go”.

The bookshelf link is the one labeled Books in the black bar at the far right of the PubMed screen.
An article in Biol. Cell summarizes one life scientist’s use of the Bookshelf:

Biol Cell. 2006 Jul;98(7):439-43.
Books for free? How can this be? – A PubMed resource you may be overlooking.
Corsi AK.
Department of Biology, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064,

The NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) at the National
Institutes of Health collects a wide range of molecular biological data, and
develops tools and databases to analyse and disseminate this information. Many
life scientists are familiar with the website maintained by the NCBI
(, because they use it to search GenBank for
homologues of their genes of interest or to search the PubMed database for
scientific literature of interest. There is also a database called the Bookshelf
that includes searchable popular life science textbooks, medical and research
reference books and NCBI reference materials. The Bookshelf can be useful for
researchers and educators to find basic biological information. This article
includes a representative list of the resources currently available on the
Bookshelf, as well as instructions on how to access the information in these