Contents of the CD2BIBL.DOC file
CD2BIBL is a utility program that allows you to move downloads
from several CD-ROM systems into a BIBL database.
BIBL is GMUtant's personal library/bibliography management software package.
CD2BIBL reads your input file and creates a BIX (Bibl Import/eXport) file
suitable for import into the BIBL system.
The following conversions are supported:
MEDLINE (Note: while not designed for use with CD-ROM downloads,
it is included in CD2BIBL on the off chance that it may
be of value to some users).
The purpose of this program is straightforward. If you have
a file of text information downloaded from one of the four systems
listed above, CD2BIBL will convert that data for use with BIBL.
Operation (a walk-thru of the program)
Type CD2BIBL at the DOS prompt. You will then receive a menu. You
may either identify the type of input file you want to process or
view an ASCII file (presumably your input file) from this menu.
If you select view, only files with these extensions will be
displayed: *.TXT *.DOC *.PRN *.BIX and *. (no extension). The
same limitations are imposed on your selection of an input file
so be sure to give your input file one of these extensions--or
Once you have selected an input file type (e.g., pressed E on the
main menu to select ERIC), you will be shown a pick list of files.
Select your input file by pressing the cursor arrow keys until
the desired file is highlighted, then press return (mouse users,
just double-click on the desired file).
After the input file is selected, you will then give a name to
your output file. Regardless of what you enter here, CD2BIBL
will force the BIX extension on the file.
Finally, if you want, you can enter up to 30 characters that will
be written to the SUBJECT field of each record in the resulting
BIX file. This feature may help if all the records in your
input file cover the same topic. To skip this feature, just
hit RETURN at the SUBJECT? prompt.
Processing begins. When finished, you'll receive a final report
showing the input file processed, number of lines read, the
name of the output file, number of records written to the
output file, and a few other things...
I. Conversion processing:
During processing, the following modifications are performed on ERIC,
ABI-Inform, and PsychInfo downloads (info on MEDLINE processing follows
1. The first 700 or so characters of an abstract are moved to your BIBL
record. The abstract conversion logic uses wordwrap to insure that
the output notes format correctly (e.g., line breaks will not occur
within a word).
2. Hyphens are inserted between multi-word descriptors. Other punctuation
(e.g., * or 😉 is removed.
3. Wordwrap is used when moving long titles onto more than one line.
4. In each of the utilities you can specify a subject that will then be
included in ALL the records created by that run of the program.
5. [ERIC ONLY] ED or EJ numbers are moved to the BIBL records'
Here are samples from ERIC, ABI-Inform, and PsychInfo -- showing both
the original input citation and the resulting BIX record created by the
TI: Community-Relevant Measurement of Quality of Life: A Focus on Local Trends.
JN: Urban-Affairs-Quarterly; v23 n1 p108-25 Sep 1987
DT: Journal Articles (080); Reports - General (140)
DE: Citizen-Participation; Community-Involvement; Influences-; Measurement-...
DE: *Community-Problems; *Community-Surveys; *Local-Norms; *Quality-of-Life...
AB: Efforts to measure the quality of life in cities have emphasized comparisons among different places. This is useful for citizens and businesses but not for communities. The advice of local residents must be sought to develop community-oriented measures which define the quality of life in terms of the local context. (VM)
DTN: 080; 140
BIX output of this citation:
A1: Myers, Dowell
T1: Community-Relevant Measurement of Quality of Life: A Focus on Local
PB: Urban Affairs Quarterly; v23 n1 p108-25 Sep 1987
DE: Community-Problems Community-Surveys Local-Norms
N1: Efforts to measure the quality of life in cities have emphasized
N2: comparisons among different places. This is useful for citizens and
N3: businesses but not for communities. The advice of local residents must
N4: be sought to develop community-oriented measures which define the
N5: quality of life in terms of the local context. (VM)
Title: Leading OS/2 Out of the Woods
Authors: Scannell, Ed; LaPlante, Alice
Journal: InfoWorld Vol: 13 Iss: 23 Date: Jun 10, 1991 pp: 69-71
Jrnl Code: IFW ISSN: 0199-6649
Company: IBM Corp (DUNS: 00-136-8083)
Terms: Computer industry; Operating systems (DP); Case studies; US; Software
Codes: 8651 (Computer industry); 5240 (Software & systems); 9110 (Company
specific); 9190 (United States)
Abstract: IBM has a good chance of entrenching OS/2 with Version 2.0. IBM has
lowered its price significantly, made it easier to install and use, and
promised that it will run existing DOS and Windows-compatible applications
even faster and more efficiently than in their native environments. Some
believe that Version 2.0 represents a change both technically and
philosophically for IBM. Many information systems (IS) managers believe that
IBM made a strategic mistake in pitting OS/2 against DOS and Windows on the
desktop. Instead, it should have sold IS managers on OS/2's real virtues.
Given its technical complexity and features set, many believe OS/2 is better
compared to mainframe operating systems, such as VM and VMS, than DOS and
Windows. Most corporations use OS/2 to interact with enterprisewide networks
and huge mainframes via cooperative processing applications. Word among some
IBM insiders is that IBM has made a complete break with Microsoft. IBM has
forged strategic relationships with Novell Inc. and Borland International
Inc. that are intended to lessen dependence on Microsoft.
A1: Scannell, Ed; LaPlante, Alice
T1: Leading OS/2 Out of the Woods
PB: InfoWorld v13n23 Jun 10, 1991 p. 69-71
DE: Computer-industry Operating-systems-(DP) Case-studies US
N1: IBM has a good chance of entrenching OS/2 with Version 2.0. IBM has
N2: lowered its price significantly, made it easier to install and use,
N3: and promised that it will run existing DOS and Windows-compatible
N4: application seven faster and more efficiently than in their native
N5: environments. Some believe that Version 2.0 represents a change both
N6: technically and philosophically for IBM. Many information systems (IS)
In this sample, some of the fields have
been wrapped...in actual downloads, the
title and abstract fields have no carriage
returns until the end of the field!
TI: Appropriateness measurement: Review, critique and validating studies.
AU: Levine,-Michael-V.; Drasgow,-Fritz
IN: U Illinois, Champaign
JN: British-Journal-of-Mathematical-and-Statistical-Psychology; 1982 May
Vol 35(1) 42-56
AB: The test-taking behavior of some examinees may be so unusual that
their test scores cannot be regarded as appropriate measures of their
ability. Appropriateness measurement is a model-based approach to the
problem of identifying these test scores. The intuitions and basic
theory supporting appropriateness measurement are presented together
with a critical review of earlier work and a series of interrelated
experiments. It is concluded that appropriateness measurement techniques
are robust to errors in parameter estimation and to the presence of
unidentified aberrant examinees in the test norming sample. In
addition, the frequently criticized "3-parameter logistic" latent
trait model was found to be adequate for the detection of spuriously
low scores in actual test data. (16 ref) (PsycLIT Database Copyright
1982 American Psychological Assn, all rights reserved)
KP: validity of appropriate measurement techniques; identification
of aberrant examinees in test norming sample
DE: STATISTICAL-VALIDITY; TEST-NORMS; TEST-SCORES
A1: Levine, Michael V.; Drasgow, Fritz
T1: Appropriateness measurement: Review, critique and validating studies.
PB: Br J Of Mathematical And Statistical Psychology; 1982 May v35(1) 42-56
CL: (CO:) BJMSAX (IS:) 00071102
DE: STATISTICAL-VALIDITY TEST-NORMS TEST-SCORES
N1: The test-taking behavior of some examinees may be so unusual that
N2: their test scores cannot be regarded as appropriate measures of their
N3: ability. Appropriateness measurement is a model-based approach to the
N4: problem of identifying these test scores. The intuitions and basic
N5: theory supporting appropriateness measurement are presented together
N6: with a critical review of earlier work and a series of interrelated
MED2BIX is not a CD-ROM conversion utility, but will convert MEDLINE
citations that look like this:
AU - Walsh K
AU - Schimmel P
TI - DNA-binding site for two skeletal actin promoter factors is important for
expression in muscle cells .
MH - ACTINS
MH - ANIMAL
MH - BASE SEQUENCE
MH - CELL NUCLEUS
MH - CHICKENS
MH - DNA
MH - GENES, STRUCTURAL
MH - MOLECULAR SEQUENCE DATA
MH - MUSCLES
MH - MUTATION
MH - NUCLEAR PROTEINS
MH - PROMOTER REGIONS (GENETICS)
MH - PROTEIN BINDING
MH - TRANSCRIPTION, GENETIC
SO - Mol Cell Biol 1988; 8(4):1800-2
DP - 1988
TA - MOL CELL BIOL
PG - 1800-2
IP - 4
VI - 8
[Medline BIX format]
A1: Walsh K; Schimmel P
T1: DNA-binding site for two skeletal actin promoter factors is important
T2: for expression in muscle cells .
PB: Mol Cell Biol 1988; 8(4):1800-2
DE: ACTINS ANIMAL BASE-SEQUENCE CELL-NUCLEUS CHICKENS DNA
III. MEDLINE conversion processing:
- Note that multiple authors are joined together. A ';' separates each
- wordwrap is used when moving titles to BIBL that are longer than
- multiple MH fields are joined and moved to the DE: field.
IV. Use with BIBL
Once the BIX file has been created, you can read it into BIBL via the
ASCII import option on the Maintenance Menu. Just copy the *.BIX file
to your BIBL subdirectory before activating BIBL. The data will be
added to your active database and all indexes will be automatically
Updates to CD2BIBL as well as BIBL are available from
The GMUtant OnLine BBS :: (703) 993-2219 1200/2400/9600 v.32
BIBL is also available on CompuServe (IBMAPPS forum). File: BIBL58.EXE
Author's CompuServe ID: 70404,3376
4.1 - ERIC conversion improved. Single term descriptors have the
trailing '-' removed; abstracts that go beyond 512
characters are now handled properly (before CD2BIBL quit
processing after 512 characters); if abstract continues
beyond BIBL's 10 line note field limit, a '...' is
substituted for the last word BIBL would have stored--
indicating that the abstract continues.
4.0 - Support for structure of 7.0 release of BIBL added
3.0 - Support for new structure of BIBL record (release 5.50) added.
2.0 - support for new structure of BIBL record (release 5.40) added.
Problem with botching first cite in ERIC downloads fixed.
1.2 - Pick input file from list added.
1.1 - View file added
1.0 - Original release