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Searching the Literature and Computerized Services in Ophthalmology

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Searching the Literature and Computerized Services in Ophthalmology

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The individual searching the literature of ophthalmology should not find this a time-consuming or frustrating activity. The basic guides to the literature are described, and methods for obtaining information are outlined. The value of orienting oneself to each guide before using it is stressed. Special attention in this communication is given to locating current material; however, guides for searching the older literature are presented also. Since several computerized searching services can be helpful, their programs are briefly described; addresses are given for current prices and additional information. Some of the online services may be accessible in your local or regional medical library. When you become conversant with these guides and methods you will be able to find more information than before, and you will be able to find it more quickly.

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