Paperchase? How can I access it? (Boston/Beth Israel)

Paul N Hengen pnh at fcsparc6.ncifcrf.gov
Mon Nov 16 13:08:44 EST 1992

nholford at ccu1.aukuni.ac.nz (Nick Holford) writes:

>I have heard that there is a database of clinical trials under the name
>Paperchase. It originates from Beth Israel Hospital clinical computing I
>think. Can anyone tell me more about it and how I can access it?

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                ---> How can I access MEDLINE? <---

First, you'll need to get an account on MEDLARS. Call the MEDLARS Management
Section Service Desk: 800-638-8480. Once you fill out the Online Billing
Agreement with the NTIS, you get a userid and password from MEDLARS.

Unless you're quite expert with MESH terms and MEDLINE searching, you should
order a copy of GRATEFUL MED 6.0. You can then formulate your search offline
and then telnet to medlars.nlm.nih.gov

If you haven't got telnet, you can access MEDLINE via BITNIS and get your
MEDLINE searches returned via email. You can do searches in command format or
by using Grateful Med 6.9 and a program called smed.

Some helpful books are:

Albright, R. G. 1988. A basic guide to online information systems for
health care professionals. Information Resource Press. Arlington, VA.

Feinglos, S. J. 1985. MEDLINE: A basic guide to searching. Medical
Library Association, Inc. Chicago, IL.

You can access MEDLINE on the Internet through a service called the Life 
Science Network.  This is a database service that offers access to over
80 life science databases, including MEDLINE.  Although you will need a
password and User ID to access the service, there is no charge to sign up
and you're only charged for the information you retrieve -- no 
monthly minimum fees.  To get a User Agreement, e-mail to:

biosis at a1.relay.upenn.edu.

You can also access Medline by way of Paperchase, a dial-up service available
through a modem. They provide a 24 hr. toll-free number for questions.
In the U.S. you can call 800-722-2075. From Canada, you can call
collect 617-278-3900. You can also access Paperchase through
telnet to biotechnet.com if you open an account with them first. The
number for BioTechNET is 508-655-8282. You can get more information
about this by sending e-mail to biotechnet at biotechnet.com.

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