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Today's researcher has many options for searching Medline, the major online database for the health sciences. Traditionally, a trained search specialist does a reference interview, formulates a strategy, and runs the search. Recently, user-friendly systems have been developed to allow direct Medline access by end users searching via personal computers. Most of these systems are menu-driven, prompting inexperienced searchers with lists of choices. After reading this guide, a potential searcher will have a better understanding of the complexities of effective searching, and end users should be able to make better informed choices about search strategies and which system to use.
Medline: A Basic Guide to Searching.. Ann Intern Med. ;104:141. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-1-141_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(1):141.
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