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I have an emeritus faculty member who does historical research and quite often needs assistance with the earlier years.  There is a part of me that really likes going through the different hard copies.  I became a (non-medical) librarian at the point when we were moving to CD-ROMs.  We had PsycLIT on 1 computer so we still needed Psyc Abstracts (in hard copy of course).  

Now it's all online.  I barely have time to think when I do searches whereas I find myself browsing when I'm looking through the old Quarterly Index to Medical Literature volumes (or whatever those things are called).  It forces me to slow down which can be quite nice in a very hectic day.

Last night I saw an article about decision overload (but that's not the right term).  Basically, the quantity of information coming at us is resulting in brain freeze.  There are days when I go home and can't think anymore, I don't want to decide what's for dinner or where to eat out.  I'm wiped out after 2 or 3 hours of searching, 100 emails, looking through potential book purchases.... 

So-- sitting down with an old index is like a breath of fresh air.  It's a chance to do slow research-- I get to savor what I'm looking at and reading.  Similar idea to slow food, I guess.  

It's been a long, hard week.  There's a reprint of a Newsweek article from 2-27-2011 on The Daily Beast website called "I can't think"(http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/02/27/i-can-t-think.html).  I'm sure this has been discussed before on this list, but it's worth repeating.  I've gone way off topic, I know.  Too many decisions this week.

Helena

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-----Original Message-----
From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Warner, Kathleen M
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2012 2:30 PM
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Last year I had to do a project, going through all the '20s and '30s -- I thought I would go mad!  (yes, we still have them).

Thank goodness for the database producers!

Kathleen M. (Kitty) Warner, MLS, M.Ed.
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Hennepin County Medical Center
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...but it gave us our upper body workouts that we now have to go to the gym to get!

Mary
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Not to mention that those multiple volumes were so huge that just lifting them on and off the shelves was a major effort!
Sometimes the "good ole days" weren't really that good!

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Not to mention the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth, the closest thing to "Medline" was the multiple annual volumes of Index Medicus, which came dark red, blue and green flavors ... supplemented (by the well off libraries) with proof sheets from Current Contents and the key word in context volumes of "Science Citation Index"

My how things have changed (and ain't it wonderful ...) ~~ Penny Martin ==============================================================================
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>>> hanksell  03/01/12 1:46 PM >>>
I'm a much older dog (there are still a few of us around), as I was at NLM training just a little while before the database became available to libraries (1970).  I still refer to the database as Medline.


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>From: Susan Fowler
>Sent: Feb 29, 2012 10:49 AM
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>
>Ha! I guess I am a really old dog then. ;-)
>
>Susan Fowler, MLIS
>Medical Librarian
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>http://beckerguides.wustl.edu/ebm
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>On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 10:45 AM, shannon clever
>wrote:
>> For us really old dogs, MEDLINE is the data, PUBMED or whatever, is
the
>> interface to it.
>>
>> Shannon Clever, MSLS
>> VA Medical Center
>> 510 Butler Ave.
>> Martinsburg, WV 25401
>> 304-263-0811 x3826 [log in to unmask]
>>
>> From: "Nichols, William" 
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Sent: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 10:26 AM
>> Subject: Re: Question and Frustrations
>>
>> On the first, "usually." :)  Some things are intended as
e-supplements or
>> just regular e-content & aren't likely to go hard copy, but at least
for
>> the present if something shows up as electronic full-text  it should
be
>> part of the eventual print version.
>>
>> On the other, I don't know if there *is* a universal solution -- old
dogs,
>> new tricks, as it were.  Some aggregators still compartmentalize the 
>> separate MEDLINE files like we used to search back in the day, but
since
>> '97 NLM has treated all the backfiles as an integral part of PUBMED. 
Ovid
>> et al. may break them down into chunks again for their servers'
>> convenience, & if so there's probably not a lot anyone can do about
it
>> other than to just make it part of the boilerplate when teaching,
that
>> "when you see/hear 'MEDLINE,' just think 'PUBMED,' because that's
what it
>> really is."
>>
>> JHOH$.02W -- other folks' mileage may vary., :)
>>
>> Bill
>>
>> William F. Nichols, MLS | Medical Librarian | Edward Via College of 
>> Osteopathic Medicine |
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>> 864-804-6986
>> (The views and opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of
the
>> Edward Via College of
>> Osteopathic Medicine, and they may not be used for advertising or
product
>> endorsement purposes.)
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Medical Libraries Discussion List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
>> Behalf Of Patti Reynolds
>> Sent: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 10:06 AM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Question and Frustrations
>>
>> I have a question for you all this morning.....a doctor asked me if
an
>> article is epublished (whether epub ahead of print or corrected
proof)
>> will it come out in print eventually.
>>
>> Also my problem of the day is this....I know the difference between 
>> Medline and PubMed. However, I am constantly trying to explain the 
>> difference to nurses, nursing students, physicians and just about 
>> everyone else. I wish we could settle on one name.  Clinical Key,
OVIDMD
>> and all the other separate databases refer to Medline. Nursing 
>> instructors tell their students to search Medline and then they get 
>> confused when I teach them how to find their full text articles in 
>> PubMed.
>>
>> Frustrating.
>>
>> Patricia Reynolds
>> Director, Bishopric Medical Library
>> Sarasota Memorial Hospital
>> 1700 S. Tamiami Trail
>> Sarasota, FL 34239
>> 941-917-1730 - office
>> 941-350-4048 - cell
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