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Re: Searching

Posted by Larry Hoover on December 1, 2002, at 11:53:48

In reply to Re: Searching Larry Hoover, posted by medlib on November 29, 2002, at 17:16:05

> Hi Larry--
>
> It's nice to see a fellow searcher here! Although we have quite a number of very talented lay searchers on PB, you're only the 2nd pro I've run across. Is your searching discipline-specific or general?

Yes, chemistry, focussing on endocrine disrupting chemicals (gender-benders), and environmental toxicology.

>LIS background?

None. I wish.

>Any details you care to share would be most interesting (or my email's at the top of the page).

???Not on mine.

I'm not trained, but I am experienced. I do a variety of internet searches, finding as many primary references as I can, then I travel 100 kms to the nearest medical library, and I hit the stacks. Finding primary references of my primary references leads me down "trees" which don't turn up in my primary searches, for some reason. Back and forth, back and forth, hitting abstract services along the way. I copy what I can, and buy what I can't copy. I might read a meter-thick pile of papers for one research contract. Then I write a summary. My reference list is often longer than my summary paper.

>Although I'm not working now, I still teach beginning and intermediate Internet searching on a volunteer basis. I miss having access to OCLC and Dialog.

I don't even know what those are. Working from home means I don't have to shower, dress, or whatever to get some work done. It allows me to cope with my mood symptoms, and still make money. I can't do regular work any more.

> If I had any discipline, I'd move this to PSB; but I didn't see your name on that board, and I know that some read only this one. So... :)
>
> Regards, medlib

I don't read the other lists.

Lar

 

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