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NLM Technical Bulletin

NLM Technical Bulletin. 1999 March-April; 307

In This Issue:

Technical Notes - e1

dotNow Available LocatorPlus Tutorial! - e2

New MeSH Browser Available on the Web - e3

NLM Discontinues Direct Access to ELHILL and TOXNET Command/Menu Systems on September 30, 1999 - e4

Citing Articles in Journals Published in Print and on the Web - e5

Hands On - e6

Next Generation Gateway - e7

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LocatorPlus Tutorial

Now Available!

NLM LocatorPlus will be launched on Monday April 12, 1999. LocatorPlus replaces CATLINE, SERLINE, AVLINE, and telnet access to Locator. It will be available from the NLM Home page at

In answer to the many NLM customer requests, this tutorial, prepared by NLM ILS training staff, presents a "sneak preview" of this soon to be released resource. Features of the new catalog and the parts of the records including holdings, details, and MARC displays will be explained. Take some time to look at this and become familiar with some of the searching and display features of LocatorPlus:

  • The Quickstart tutorial contents includes: search screens, searching hints, display options, electronic links and how to print, download or e-mail records.
  • An Advanced features tutorial will be coming soon.

Some wonderful new features will be available via LocatorPlus. Anyone using the catalog from the web will be able to view current receipts of both serial and monograph material (effective with 1999 receipts). Books, audiovisuals and journals can be searched together or separately. Searches can be limited to items in the history of medicine collection or reference collections. Hotlinks to online journals will be available from many catalog records. Advanced searching features will allow searching on such field specific areas as indexing status or conference name. Direct access to a variety of other resources will be available through LocatorPlus including NLM databases, MEDLINEplus, Images from the History of Medicine, TOXNET, HSTAT, and other U.S. medical library catalogs. We are excited to be able to provide, in one integrated product, so much information directly to our customers.

LocatorPlus includes:

  • Monographs on-order and in-process
  • Links to internet resources
  • Serial titles held by regional libraries
  • CIP records for titles NLM may never acquire
  • Staff library holdings available only to NLM staff

In addition to this tutorial, Reference and Customer service staff have prepared a number of FAQs regarding LocatorPlus that will be available at on April 12.

Questions, comments and suggestions regarding this launch can be sent to:

--prepared by Pamela A. Meredith
Reference Section

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