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Georg Richter <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 5 Feb 1998 16:49:35 GMT
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Sorry, I think I sent this message to Debbie only instead of the whole list
(not even to Judy, who posted the initial enquiry). As Debbie pointed out,
the subject might be of interest to many, so here you are:

(Please accept my infinite apologies if I sent the message twice to the list
From: Georg Richter
To: Medical Libraries Discussion List
Subject: Re: Meeting abstracts
Date: 05 February 1998 16:48

Judy, I am not sure whether you talk about a service which indexes abstracts
or a service which provides them in "full text" (which consists usually of
only one paragraph anyway).

Biosis references lots of meeting papers but they usually provide only title
and source of the paper which is not of much help if you want to know more
about the study.

My primary source of full meeting abstracts is the British Library. Although
meeting abstracts are notoriously difficult to trace, they have a vast
collection of them. You can check at Dialog database 65 whether they would
have a certain paper or not (as far as I remember, every record in this
database represents one whole conference rather than a particular paper, but
I might be mistaken - in any case you find out whether they supply papers
from a particular conference or not).

I am not sure how practical dealing with the British Library is from Canada,
but I have always perceived the services they offer as really excellent with
regards to speed, reliability and flexibility and they claim (with
credibility, I think) to have the biggest collection of documents in the
world. You can find out more about the library at


Georg Richter
Information Manager
The Shire Hall Group
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Subject:       Re: Meeting abstracts
Date: 05 February 1998 16:22

please post answers to list on this one, I am very interested.

thank you.

At 09:15 AM 2/5/98 -0500, you wrote:
>This gist of this message has also been sent to
>CANMEDLIB, so please forgive the cross-posting, but we
>have not received any responses so far.
>Does anyone know of a publication that indexes medical/life
>sciences meetings abstracts? These abstracts include
>papers that may or may not go on to publication in a journal.
>In the past, driven by desperation, I have gone so far as to
>contact the sponsoring organization(s)  for help, but often
>they don't keep abstracts of papers presented at their
>Any ideas? Thanks in advance
>Judy Levine, Librarian
>Ottawa General Hospital Library
>501 Smyth Road, Ottawa ON   Canada   K1H 8L6
>(613) 737-8530   Fax (613) 737-8521
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debbie rudnick
CFMC administrative support
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