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Bull Med Libr Assoc. Jan 1964; 52(1): 150–151.
PMCID: PMC198085
The Development of MEDLARS
Frank B. Rogers, M.D., Director*
National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland
* Now Librarian, University of Colorado Medical Center Library, Denver, Colorado.
Abstract
The MEDLARS (Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System) Project grew out of the National Library of Medicine Index Mechanization Project of 1958-60, previously reported. Work on MEDLARS has been in progress for over two years, and the system should be operational at the beginning of 1964. MEDLARS is a computerized information retrieval system with three major types of products: (1) one-shot demand searches on questions of great complexity, (2) recurring bibliographies in special fields of the medical sciences, and (3) composition of a comprehensive periodical index, the Index Medicus.
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