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Tox. Research & Internet?

dmccauliff on BIX dmccauliff at BIX.com
Fri Mar 4 23:48:41 EST 1994

	I am a computer consultant with a medium-large pharamaceutical
company.  The Drug Safety (Toxicology) department has members that are
wondering about the utility of Internet in general as a research tool.

	While Usenet groups help in the exchange of ideas among the
scientific community, my question is what other items on the Internet
would be useful for them.  For example:
	1) Free-text/keyword searching of medical journals.  While
			I have been able to connect to the NLM
	they seem only capable of handling searches for books, not
	for journal articles. (NLM = National Library of Medicine).
	Have I missed something?

	2) So we have gopher for menu searching, archie that can 
	locate any file on all these systems, ftp to transfer these
	files, and now Mosaic to provide the ultimate in user
	interfaces (or so I am told).  These are great for computer
	jocks but what use are they for the researchers.  If they
	need new software they can just call PC Support and request
	it (never really knowing what software will be ultimately
	selected for them).  For that matter, if they need a 
	specific search on an article, they can always contact the
	corporate library and request a search (and in a few days
	maybe get a couple of articles that may vaguely resemble
	what they asked for).  Is speed of 'information feedback'
	they critical arguement for individual Internet access?

	What is the consensus here?  What else do the subscribers
here find useful?

			David McCauliff

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