|Med2Go| is a file interconversion utility
for MEDLINE and MEDLINE-like files. More help
is available after this brief introduction to
using the Help System:
1. To look through the Help file, you
can press the up & down arrow keys to move one
line at a time. You can move a "page" at a
time by pressing the PageUp & PageDown keys.
Finally, you can press the Home & End keys to
move to the very beginning or very end of each
2. If you have a Microsoft-compatible
mouse and a mouse driver (Mouse.Com)
installed, you can also use the mouse to move
through this help file. Click the mouse on
any of the key titles displayed at the bottom
of the Help Window to perform that function;
for example, click the left mouse button on
the word "PgDn" at the bottom of this window,
and Med2Go will scroll down 1 screen at a
You can also use a mouse at any Med2Go
menu. The mouse buttons have the following
LEFT button = Enter
RIGHT button = Escape
BOTH buttons = Help
If you have trouble reading the screen
on a monochrome or laptop computer, you can
start Med2Go with the "/a" switch to turn on
the black & white mode. That is, start
Med2Go like this:
Now, some more information on Med2Go:
Med2Go is most useful to clinicians and
biomedical researchers who routinely use
MEDLINE and related file types in their
bibliographic database software. Med2Go can
be used to convert any of the following file
types [Comma-delimited, MEDLINE, Psyclit,
ERIC, & BRS/Colleague] into either MEDLINE or
comma-delimited files. This is useful for
importing the files into commercial or
shareware bibliographic database systems,
including JEPRS, the Journal & Editorial
Personal Reference System.
For more help, exit the Help Window by
pressing Esc, then select one of the Main Menu
items (|F|ile, |C|onversion type, or |D|efaults)
and then press F1 for help.
You have 2 choices at this menu:
|I|nput file . . . or . . .
In order to convert files using Med2Go, you
|must| specify an input filename and an output
The |I|nput filename is the name of the
source file that you want to convert.
The |O|utput filename is the name of the
destination file where you want the converted
data to be sent.
For example, to convert the file MyFile
to Medline.Out, then enter "MyFile" as the
|I|nput file, and "Medline.Out" as the |O|utput
You can include Drive and Directory
specifications along with the filename, such
The left & right arrow keys can be used
to move around the text you are editing. You
can also use Home & End to move to the
beginning & end of the line; Ctrl-End to
delete from the cursor to the end of the line;
and Ctrl-RightArrow and Ctrl-LeftArrow to move
around on the line.
At this menu, you can choose either |I|nput
or |O|utput. After you choose one of those, you
are presented with a further menu.
If you choose |I|nput, the next pop-up menu
will give you several choices:
|C|omma-delimited: Choose this if your
input file is in comma-delimited format.
Med2Go will then ask you which characters
separate the authors from each other. Enter
the 1- or 2-characters that separate the
authors. You will then be asked which charac-
ters separate the keywords. Again, enter the
1- or 2-characters that separate them.
|B|RS/Colleague: Choose this if your
input file is in the BRS/Colleague format.
|E|ric: Choose this if your input file is
in the ERIC format (CD-ROM).
|M|EDLINE: Choose this if your input file
is in the MEDLINE format. This includes such
sources as Grateful Med, PaperChase, and CCOD
(Current Contents on Diskette's MEDLINE/NLM
|P|syclit: Choose this if your input file
is in the Psyclit format.
If you choose |O|utput file, then you will
have 2 choices:
|C|omma-delimited: Choose this if you want
to convert your input file to a comma-
delimited output file. This would be useful
if you wanted to import your references into
a database system such as dBase III+,
dBase IV, or Paradox. As above, you will be
asked for the characters that you want to
separate the authors & keywords with. The
default is "; " (a semi-colon and a space).
|M|EDLINE: Choose this if you want to
convert your input file to a MEDLINE output
file. This would be useful to import your
references into a bibliographic database
management system that is capable of recog-
nizing MEDLINE files. |JEPRS| (the Journal &
Editorial Personal Reference System) is a
shareware program that is capable of importing
You have 3 choices at this menu:
|B|eep on/off: This allows you to turn
Med2Go's warning beep on and off.
|C|olor mode: Choose "Yes" to allow
Med2Go to display colors on the screen, or
"No" to keep the screen in Black & White mode.
Black & White mode may be easier to read on
monochrome monitors or on portable computers.
|G|oTo DOS: Choose this option if you
want to |temporarily| go to DOS. You can, for
example, get a file directory or type a file.
But don't forget to type "Exit" and press
Enter to return to Med2Go!