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February 10, 1989

The Directory of Online Healthcare Databases 1988

Author Affiliations

Kaiser Permanente San Diego

Kaiser Permanente San Diego

JAMA. 1989;261(6):926-927. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420060142058

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Biomedical scholars are increasingly turning to electronic databases to find information. No one database has everything, and many exist. Therefore, some may be asking, "Do I have the right database to find what I need, and if not, where is the right database to be found?"

This slim volume consists of 50 spiralbound pages packed with everything you ever wanted to know about databases, indexed four different ways: by title, description (including cost and brief comments on content), producer/ vendor, and subject.

One hundred seventy-six on-line databases are described, increased by 60 in the past two years. Some of the databases cataloged are exquisitely focused on the topic (eg, PDQ, which deals exclusively with cancer treatment—related matters), while others are very broad (eg, BIOSIS Previews, which contains 6 000 000 electronic records on a myriad of topics).

Medical librarians with electronic search skills, on-line enthusiasts not fully satisfied to use