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Strengthening the evidence for maternal and child health programs

MCHLine® and the Mary C. Egan Maternal and Child Health Library

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.

Begun as a collection of physical materials, the Mary C. Egan Library expanded into a largely digital collection by increasing its collection of materials in digital formats and by creating digital versions of significant MCH resources. It is now called the MCH Digital Library.

The MCH Digital Library's unique and hard-to-find resources have been developed by:

The MCH topics covered by the items contained in the MCH Digital Library include

Library holdings include

The MCH Digital Library collects consumer health materials and commercially published materials very selectively and does not collect materials on clinical medicine. The MCH Digital Library Collection Development Policy (2018) guides the collection of materials for the MCH Digital Library.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.