our "old traditional problems" such as errors of omission
in databases or who is going to be our full-text suppliers (publishers,
agggregators or database providers?), we have to consider the
"new development" linked to the Internet.
PubMed Central, a free online public archive, will be launched by
the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) the early 2000 and the
creation of its European counterpart, E-Biosci, is planned to be
launched in the new year by the European Molecular Biology
Organisation (EMBO). These two websites will differ in the manner in
which non-peer reviewed material would be accepted (Nature, 1999,
401,413). In response to free online archives for life science
papers, publishers plan to cooperate and to link up theirs journals
and protect their revenues (Nature 1999, 402, 115).
A second revolution is expected :"..a part of the web would
evolve into a global medical knowledge base that is browsable and
searcheable across languages and continents. Key to this development
is the widespread use of metadata and evaluative
metainformation" (BMJ, 1999, 319,1294).
Another way of thinking to papers and databases.
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the Newsletter of November 1999, the following journal issue of Health
Libraries Review has been received : vol. 16, 1999, no. 3
Verhoeven, P.M. Boendermaker, E.J. Boerma and B. Meyboom-de Jong. A
model for the evaluation of search queries in medical bibliographic
The study describe a model for the evaluation of search queries
based not only on the relevance, but also on the quality of the
citation retrieved. Search queries was performed by Dutch general
practitioners using the printed Index Medicus, Medline on Cd-Rom,
and Mediline through Grateful Med.
MacDonald, L. Taylor and C. Adams. Searching the right database. A
comparison of four databases for psychiatry journals. p.151-156.
Variation in the overlap between bibliographic databases emphasise
the importance of searching more than one or even two databases to
ensure optimal coverage of literature.
Lacey Bryant. Information services for primary care: the
organisational culture of General Practice and the information needs
of partnerships and Primary Care Groups. p.157-165.
In this article recent research in the field is discussed , and
challenges intrinsic to delivering information services to primary
care are identified.
Jordaan and R. Jones. Adoption of Internet technology by UK
postgraduate centres: a questionnaire survey.
The survey found that almost 60% of UK postgraduate centres were
connected. Lack of funds and decisive policy were stated to be the
most common reasons for delay in connecting. The survey suggests
that a significant investment in time and money will be required to
support the use of the Internet in continuing medical education.
Dwyer. A Delphi survey of research priorities and identified areas
for collaborative research in health sector library and information
The survey aims were to determine research priorities in the health
Library and Information Services sector in the UK as to their
perceived value for the professional and impact on user needs and to
identify areas suitable for collaborative research.
on the lnternet.
B. Anagnostelis Series Editors. p 192
E. Hallam and C. Plaice. An evaluation of Embase within the NHS:
findings of the Database Access Project working partnership to
extend the knowledge base of healthcare.
McGee. The patient library service in England. p. 204
on the 6th Congress of the Association for Health
Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA 6), Lusaka, Zambia, 14-18
September 1998. p. 209
(J. Farmer and D. Williams) p. 209
Jacsó. Online & CD-Rom Review, 1999, 23 (5), 285.
the crowd: the clamour for full text.
Brunelle. Online & CD-Rom Review, 1999, 23 (5), 297.
strengthens its hand in bioscience website talks.
Butler. Nature, 1999, 401, 413.
map out a way forward in response to free online archives.
Bluter. Nature, 1999, 402, 115.
around the internet today and tomorrow: towards the millennium of
Eysenbach, E. Ryoung Sa, T. L. Diepgen. BMJ, 1999, 319, 1294
eds E. Braunwald, A.S. Fauci. K.J.Isselbacher et al. The
internal medicine textbook Harrisons=s Principles of Internal
Medicine has now become fully electronics. Online individual
subscription $ 89, institutional subscription price begin at $ 650
for two users.
The British library is releasing a 32-bit version on the British
National Bibliography. As a CD-Rom/web hybrid it enables the user to
combine benefits of a locally mounted CD-Rom with the global
potential of the Internet.
that 37 electronic journal titles from Scandinavian University Press
will be accessible through Ebsco Online. Many of the journals of
Scandinavian University Press are published in the field of
medicine, with major international journals in paediatrics, surgery,
oncology, rehabilitation and infectious diseases.
announced that it is providing complimentary access to two of the
company=s premier Web databases, the Web of Science and Current
Contents Connect to future information professionals. Fifteen
American Library Association (ALA) accredited institutions have been
selected to participate in the information and Library Science
Student Access to ISI Project. ISI hopes to provide students with an
opportunity to gain expertise in working with these databases.
that it has entered into an agreement to acquire UK-based Dawson
Information Services Group.
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