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Two different non-catalog databases

Still connected to Melvyl, I attempted to start the COMPuter articles index, but was kicked out for not having a current U.C. Melvyl password. I reconnected to Melvyl via ORION, and the password requirement was waived. In this non-catalog database, the user can apply familiar Melvyl commands to another information source. I was able to locate several promising articles, retrieve their abstracts and full text, email the results to myself, and setup an automated, weekly search for new articles on the same topic. Very impressive.

The second non-catalog database selected for this exercise was Dialog. Dialog is an example of a for-profit information service. I logged in using the GSLIS-Lab's Procomm Plus telecommunication software and logon script. Using knowledge from the GSLIS 220 Information Access course, I was able to perform a `dialindex' search of all the computer-related databases, retrieve the text of promising articles, and logout with a total cost of under $10. Dialog is available as a telnet connection, but the GSLIS Lab connection still has a few bugs in it.


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