LILACS methodology is a Virtual Health Library component and is composed by standards, manuals and softwares, which guide the identification, selection, bibliographic description, document indexing and databases development.
The need of a common methodology has brought up the development of LILACS Methodology since 1982 to decentralize the handling of health scientific-technique literature produced by Latin American and the Caribbean countries.
By the use of this methodology, Latin American and Caribbean of Health Sciences Information System countries have created local and national databases. They cooperate feeding the LILACS database, contributing with the bibliographic control and the dissemination of scientific-technique literature of the Region, in the model of technique cooperation established for the Virtual Health Library.
This group of databases that use the standards established in LILACS Methodology we call LILACS System.
Currently, LILACS System is integrated by the following databases: LILACS, BBO, BDENF, MEDCARIB and national databases of the Latin American countries.