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Chris Shaffer <[log in to unmask]>
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Chris Shaffer <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 18 Jun 1999 14:56:55 -0500
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Disclaimer - this is not an official NLM or NN/LM statement, this
information is provided FYI only.

In response to the question "If they had an interface similar to PubMed,
that would improve things considerably.  Does anyone know if that is the
eventual plan?"

As was discussed in several venues at MLA and has been announced in several
forums by NLM (read the Technical Bulletin on the web, for example),
virtually all journal citations will be part of an expanded MEDLINE that
will be searchable via PubMed.  Monographic citations will be integrated
into Endeavor/Voyager.  Other citations will be integrated into specialized
databases (like clinical alerts, or meeting abstracts).  NLM is changing
its catalog division to format-based instead of topic-based.  You can see
this already - HealthStar citations are being merged into PubMed MEDLINE as
we write.

For an unofficial graphic diagram of the future of NLM search systems, take
a look at (

This has been an unofficial FYI from your friendly librarian at the NN/LM GMR.

Chris Shaffer, Technology Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region
Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago
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At 02:12 PM 6/18/99 , Steward, Auburn wrote:
>I'll jump in again.  I think Amrita's original message was speaking more to
>the Elhill databases that are available only through IGM once Elhill is
>gone..  I agree that some of the features on PubMed make it equal to or
>better than Medline on Elhill when you use all the features.  What I was
>trying to express in my earlier comment is that the search interface on IGM
>(at least on Toxline) does not allow us all the options for those other
>databases that are offered on PubMed.  I haven't seen the next generation of
>PubMed so I cannot comment on how that might improve searching..  Since I
>didn't go to MLA and the MEDLARS/NLM updates, I do not know what
>improvements, if any, are planned for those other databases such as Toxline
>etc. that are on IGM.  If they had an interface similar to PubMed, that
>would improve things considerably.  Does anyone know if that is the eventual
> I think it is great that we have all these databases for free that we used
>to have to pay for.  I'd just hate to have to pay for Toxline through
>Dialog.  Unless the interface changes,  when Elhill is gone I will have to
>do just that so that I can do those more complex searches that IGM will not
>handle at this time.
>Auburn Steward, MLIS, AHIP
>Center for Toxicology & Environmental Health
>4301 W. Markham--Slot 767
>Hendrix Hall--Suite 100A
>Little Rock, AR 72205
>501-614-2835 (fax)
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Breck Morgen, Evelyn [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
>> Sent: Friday, June 18, 1999 1:50 PM
>> To:   [log in to unmask]
>> Subject:      Re: Demise of Medlars access?
>> I agree with Paul that using PubMed has allowed us to drop expensive
>> subscriptions (which were a real pain to keep up-to-date and networked)
>> and
>> purchase Cochrane, consumer health materials,  and other internet
>> subscriptions -- with money left over.  I stopped using medlars in Feb/Mar
>> 1998 and use PubMed exclusively.   I've also taught about eight totally
>> booked classes to our medical staff and residents with positive feedback.
>> It has taken me months to  feel comfortable with it, but I keep
>> discovering
>> surprising features I like much better than anything on Elhill -- such as
>> "mesh browser", "journal browser", "citation matcher", "clinical queries"
>> for evidence based medicine requests, or using the details window to
>> revise
>> a search strategy.  I have to say it took me years (decades?) before I
>> felt
>> really comfortable searching Elhill.  The learning curve on this is much
>> easier -- but it still needs an investment of time for instruction from
>> knowledgeable trainers and hours/months of actual use. It's not perfect,
>> but
>> it's steadily improving with enhancements still forthcoming.  I love
>> teaching it to our family practice residents as a free tool they can use
>> wherever they practice medicine anywhere in the world.
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>> Evelyn Breck Morgen, Director
>> Tremaine Library
>> Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, CT  06457
>> (860) 344-6286     FAX (860) 344-6115
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