The electronic information revolution and how to exploit it.
Medical information is increasingly stored in electronic format, enabling faster and more flexible access to the literature. Online, compact disc and floppy disc databases are widely available. The origins and development of these different database media are described. The strengths and weaknesses of each, and the ways in which they complement each other, are examined. Ease of access to medical information can result in data management problems; the role of bibliographic software in ensuring full exploitation of the electronic information revolution is therefore emphasized.