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August 1987

Caveat: Beware the Different Indexing Systems

Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(8):1018. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060080016007

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To the Editor.  —I would like to offer my compliments to Dr Goldbaum1 for his detailed review of computerized access to knowledge and information. In his article, he emphasizes the advantages of making one's own search. To this I offer the following caveat—one must know the indexing system for each database or journal.My warning stems from the frustration and irritation I experienced in an attempt to locate a recent epidemiologic article on ocular trauma published in the Archives during the past year. Because I like doing my own searches too, I have made a habit of filing each year's, or volume's, index of the ophthalmic journals I read in a loose-leaf notebook for ready reference.Much to my dismay, I was unable to find the ocular trauma article in the Archives under the index heading of trauma, ocular trauma, or hyphema. I figured I must have read the

Goldbaum MH:  Expanding access to knowledge and information . Arch Ophthalmol 1987;105:332-334.Article
National Library of Medicine: Medical Subject Headings: Annotated Alphabetic List, 1987 . Bethesda, Md, National Library of Medicine, July 1986.