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With the arrival of personal microcomputers, maintaining one's own file of references became far simpler and its utility far greater than in the days of the "3 X 5s". Many computer programs for generic flat-file management can be easily adapted for this use. The files can be very large yet occupy next to no space; they can be searched rapidly for as many topics as are identified by title or key terms. But if one has used a file program with fixed-length fields, these field constraints either sharply limit flexibility in annotating references at length or waste disk space in
Pro-Cite for the Macintosh. Ann Intern Med. ;110:951. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-110-11-951
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(11):951.
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