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June 1999, Week 3


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"Burdick, Amrita J." <[log in to unmask]>
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Burdick, Amrita J.
Fri, 18 Jun 1999 09:05:31 -0500
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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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