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CINAHL ALSO ON DATASTAR

To the Editor:

In the article entitled "OVID Online Puts on a Graphical (Inter) Face," in the January/February 1996 issue of ONLINE, the author mentioned that the CINAHL database is available solely through OVID. This is incorrect. The database is also accessible on DataStar: the database is called Nursing & Allied Health and has the file acronym, NAHL.

Susan Haidar Product Support Specialist Knight-Ridder Information, Inc.

GO TO THE PRIMARY SOURCE

To the Editor:

Well, yes, I wholeheartedly agree with what you say in this column (THE INVERTED FILE, "Finding the Right Answer at the Right Cost," March/April 1996). Yes, the librarian or researcher can add tremendous value to information research. But I have difficulty agreeing with the example you chose: Bob Dole campaign contributions.

When I'm looking for that kind of data, I don't go to the secondary source. I don't go to the Washington Post. I don't go to CQ. I go to the FEC. That's where the Post and CQ get their data. The FEC dialin service, at $20 an hour (no additional charges) is a bargain, though a bit klunky to use. And as I write this message to you, the FEC Web page is in the process of becoming a terrific replacement for that dial-in service (though not quite there yet).

No flames-just felt strongly about the FEC issue and the use of "downstream" sources of information. Cheers!

Charles Robinson New York Times

MORE THAN A DOCUMENT DELIVERY SYSTEM

To the Editor:

Thank you for publishing Reva Basch's complimentary article on ProQuest Direct, UMI's new online service ("ProQuest Direct: Document Delivery (with Images) to the Desktop," March/April ONLINE, pp. …

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