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Downloading and reformatting external records for researchers' personal databases

Downloading and reformatting external records for researchers' personal databases This paper examines the problem many researchers experience of having to spend much time rekeying records obtained from external online and CDROM databases into their own personal databases on personal computers PC. An overview of the possibilities for electronic transfer of such records is given. For a university library and information centre the need for a multipurpose reformatting program, capable of converting record formats of many diverse databases to a multitude of personal database formats, is demonstrated. One such program, HEADFORM, is used to test record conversion from one CDROM and four online databases to three researchers' personal databases on PC, and to determine approximate time savings by transferring such records electronically instead of manually. Results show that, with a few limitations, records from online and CDROM databases can be converted successfully to the formats required by these three personal database systems, and that significant time savings are possible by electronic transfer of converted records, instead of rekeying these records into personal databases. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Program: electronic library and information systems Emerald Publishing

Downloading and reformatting external records for researchers' personal databases

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0033-0337
DOI
10.1108/eb047092
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Abstract

This paper examines the problem many researchers experience of having to spend much time rekeying records obtained from external online and CDROM databases into their own personal databases on personal computers PC. An overview of the possibilities for electronic transfer of such records is given. For a university library and information centre the need for a multipurpose reformatting program, capable of converting record formats of many diverse databases to a multitude of personal database formats, is demonstrated. One such program, HEADFORM, is used to test record conversion from one CDROM and four online databases to three researchers' personal databases on PC, and to determine approximate time savings by transferring such records electronically instead of manually. Results show that, with a few limitations, records from online and CDROM databases can be converted successfully to the formats required by these three personal database systems, and that significant time savings are possible by electronic transfer of converted records, instead of rekeying these records into personal databases.

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Program: electronic library and information systemsEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 1991

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