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November 10, 1993

Papyrus, Version 7.0: The Papyrus Bibliography System

Author Affiliations

Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minn

JAMA. 1993;270(18):2232. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510180102049

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To remain current in whatever one's field of medicine, regular reading of the latest journals is essential. It is a common scenario, however, that relocating the article years, months, or even weeks later can be difficult, relying on often vague recollections of the journal and reference, or searching files or the pile of articles on one's desk. A cataloging system is essential, and, with the current wave of increasingly affordable notebooks and subnotebooks, an affordable software program to facilitate this organization of material has been long awaited.

Papyrus is a reference database—bibliography program that we have had the opportunity to use over the last few months. Its main function is to store and retrieve bibliographic references in any format (journal articles, books, chapters, and the like), but it will also automatically assemble bibliographies in multiple predefined formats. Installation is easy in both DOS and Windows environments, and the interface is