MCHLine® is a database listing materials held in the Mary C. Egan Maternal and
Child Health Library. An MCHLine® record contains
a bibliographic citation, the name of a contact from whom the item
may be obtained, and
an annotation describing the item. MCHLine® may be searched by author, title, publisher, publication date, series, and subject terms
(keywords). Search tips, thesaurus of indexing
terms, and annotated
bibliographies on popular topics are available.
The Mary C. Egan Maternal and Child Health Library is part of the library system of Georgetown University, and it contains more than 20,000 items on a wide range of maternal and child health (MCH) topics. Most of these items are cataloged in MCHLine®, although some special collections are not yet included. MCHLine® is used for responding to requests for information and for preparing annotated bibliographies and publications.
The MCH Library's unique and hard-to-find resources have been developed by:
The MCH topics covered by the items contained in the MCH Library include
Library holdings include
The MCH Library collects consumer health materials and commercially published materials very selectively and does not collect materials on clinical medicine. The NCEMCH Resource Development Policy (1999) guides the collection of materials for the MCH Library.
to borrow or obtain copies of library materials
The MCH Library is primarily a reference collection. To obtain copies of materials, users should first contact the publishers or other contact sources listed in the databases or bibliographies, or visit lending libraries in their area such as university or public libraries. Journal articles listed in the databases are sometimes provided at no charge by the publisher, and sometimes a fee or subscription is required. Please view PubMed's How to Get the Journal Article or Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce's How to Access Journal Articles for more details.
When materials are
not available from other sources, limited photocopies or loans are
available from the MCH Library. Photocopies
are provided to all audiences; loans are provided directly to health
professionals and through interlibrary loan to other audiences (consult
your local library for interlibrary loans).
We welcome on-site users. Please schedule an appointment in advance so we may be sure someone will be available to assist you. Library hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please contact us to request library materials or to schedule an appointment for on-site use.