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June 1999, Week 3


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"King,Teal" <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 18 Jun 1999 10:39:20 -0400
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I tend to agree with this. Sometimes I think we're all a little too trusting
with the "new and improved" whatever-it-is coming down the pike. Come Sept.
30th, I know I'm going to be a little sad, and be thinking of the phrase
"you don't know what you've got 'till it's gone!" Are we paving paradise to
put up a parking lot?
(Sorry, just a little hokey.)

Teal King, MLS   Health Sciences Library
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center  114 Woodland St. Hartford, CT 06105
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Tel: (860) 714-4339  Fax: (860) 714-8022

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> From:         Burdick, Amrita J.[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent:         Friday, June 18, 1999 10:05 AM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject:      Demise of Medlars access?
> I am really concerned about the loss of access points which will happen
> with the
> switchover to the web-based version of searching.  While PubMed has some
> advanced options, many databases -- such as AIDSLINE are available only
> through
> Internet Grateful Med.  Are we really going to lose the capability of
> searching
> many fields (such as chemical registry number, textwords with adjacency,
> author
> institutional affiliation, etc.)  that have been helpful in complex
> searches?  I
> contacted MEDLARS who told me to just enter textwords as MeSH headings
> which is
> an automatic mapping.  The method they suggested for institutional
> affiliation
> simply didn't work. I haven't explored all the other fields and which ones
> work
> and which ones won't but it doesn't look good.
> I don't mind learning new forms of access (as long as they work
> efficiently) but
> I am reluctant to lose the complex searching capabilities of Elhill!!!
> Amrita Burdick, Clinical Medical Librarian
> UMKC Health Sciences Library
> 2411 Holmes St.
> Kansas City, MO  64108-2792
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