Computerized Bibliographic Services for Biomedicine

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Science  07 May 1965:
Vol. 148, Issue 3671, pp. 766-772
DOI: 10.1126/science.148.3671.766


By its development of improved media for dissemination of information, the National Library of Medicine is fostering a greater awareness and a better understanding of research and development efforts in behalf of public health and clinical medicine, and a more rapid translation of research into clinical application. The library's transformation from a passive repository of information to an active ally of the researcher, teacher, and clinician has led to increased use of medical library facilities and has stimulated thinking through better communication of published information. The library's success in using automation for bibliographic control of medical literature suggests that other disciplines that have not already developed automated techniques of literature-reference retrieval might profitably do so.