If you have a Windows PC and require an inexpensive way to keep track
of what you've read in journals and books, Refs may be right up your
22 May 1994
Refs is a program for creating browsing and maintaining academic reference
databases. It occupies about 350k of hard disk space. The program uses
the common ASCII Unix refer file format and so is compatible with Unix
refer, and also bibliography programs such as WinRefer.
Refs can also import data files in other formats, in an easily expandable
way. Modules are supplied to read ISI, Chemical Abstracts, Current
Contents and Medline files, and the help file includes details for writing
your own modules.
Refs is shareware, and the distribution should contain the following files:
REFS.EXE The program itself
REFS.HLP The help file
REFS.INI INI file
REFEN.DLL English language DLL
REFES.DLL Spanish language DLL
REFDEU.DLL German language DLL
REFJPN.DLL Japanese language DLL
BIDS.FLT BIDS (ISI) Import filter
MEDLINE.FLT Medline Import filter
CHEM.FLT Chemical Abstracts filter
CCRM.FLT Current Contents Reference Manager filter
CTL3D.DLL Microsoft 3D library
INSTALL.EXE Installation program
INSTALL.INI Installation INI file.
TEST.REF Example Unix refer data file
MAC2DOS.EXE Macintosh to DOS text translation utility
UNIX2DOS.EXE Similar for Unix text files.
README.TXT This file
The program will work with Windows 3.1 or higher.
* Better handling of moving from one reference to the next
* Better setting of which windows are searchable
* Bug fixes (of course!)
* New support for non-Roman character sets. Refs will now happily
work in all character sets.
* New Japanese language library (requires suitable system fonts
and language libraries; in other words Japanese Windows)
Where to get more information
There is a WWW page devoted to Refs:
Where to get the program itself
anonymous ftp from:
You will need PKUNZIP 2.04 or later to extract the ZIP file.
1. Extract this file into a spare directory.
2. Run INSTALL.EXE, which will install the program automatically.
NB. INSTALL will notice an existing REFS.INI file and will back it up
Helpful suggestions, registrations and/or bug reports should be sent to:
tjrc1 at mole.bio.cam.ac.uk
T J R Cutts
Department of Zoology
The registration fee is 29.99 pounds sterling, with discounts for multiple
registrations. More details can be found in the help file.