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Direct import from Medline, via BioMedNet

******** Notice (June 2000) ********

Apparently BioMedNet underwent a change of management in early 2000. The very competent and responsible staff with whom we had been dealing have since left for other companies.

BioMedNet made major changes to their Web site at the end of May 2000. Unfortunately, they did not warn us regarding these changes. In the process they managed to break, in several ways, the BioMedNet features for downloading to PAPYRUS.

At present, the BioMedNet site is unable to download references in a form directly importable into PAPYRUS. The BioMedNet technical staff are now working on a fix.

In the meantime, you might want to instead use the National Library of Medicine's PubMed site. After performing a PubMed search, select the references you wish to download, set the pop-up menu to "MEDLINE" style, and then click "Save". This will create a text file on your hard disk. Then you can import this text file using our "Medline" format (from the "Medline Import Formats" format library).

We will post a note to the Papyrus mailing lists when the BioMedNet site is again functional.

******** Notice (June 2000) ********

Direct import from Medline, via BioMedNet

BioMedNet hosts an Internet community for biological and medical researchers. One of BioMedNet's services is Evaluated MEDLINE, which gives you free access to the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE database, with full-text links and expert annotations. BioMedNet requires you to subscribe to its service, but subscriptions are free.

As of Version 8.0.4 of PAPYRUS, you can download your Evaluated MEDLINE searches directly into PAPYRUS in a single operation.


  1. Install Version 8.0.4 or newer of PAPYRUS. If you have a previous edition of Version 8.0, then download the current version of Papyrus.

  2. Make sure that your Papyrus Additions folder includes a plug-in filter named EndNote. If not, download the current version of Papyrus Additions.

  3. In your web browser you will need to set up PAPYRUS as a new "helper application" as follows. (The Papyrus Installer or Updater will try to do this for you automatically, but you should double-check whether it succeeded.)

    In your browser, bring up the preferences settings for Helpers or File Helpers. If you do not see an entry already there for PAPYRUS, create one with the following settings. (Some of these settings only appear in certain versions of certain browsers.)

    Description: Papyrus - references in Refer style
    Extension: or Suffix: .pap
    MIME Type: application/x-papyrus-refer
    File type: TEXT
    Encoding: Plain Text
    Use for incoming: Yes
    Use for outgoing: No
    How to handle: or Handled by: Post-Process with Application
    Which application: Papyrus (use the Browse button to locate your copy of PAPYRUS)

Searching and Downloading...

  1. Log into Evaluated MEDLINE.

  2. Perform your search.

  3. If you want to download only some of the resulting references, click each of their checkboxes.

  4. Check the Direct import option, and select Papyrus from the pop-up menu.

  5. Click either the Download Selected or Download All button. Your browser will indicate that it is downloading your references.

  6. If PAPYRUS is not already running it will now start up automatically. Then a PAPYRUS Import dialog will appear, allowing you to specify the usual options such as how to handle duplicate references. After reviewing these settings, click the Proceed button and PAPYRUS will import your references.

Using Evaluated MEDLINE with PAPYRUS Version 7.0

With PAPYRUS Version 7.0 for DOS/Windows, the corresponding procedure takes an extra step. First, download the BioMedNet search as a text file using BioMedNet's Medlars style. Second, launch PAPYRUS and import that text file using our BIOMEDNET MED format, which you can find in the current version of our
IMPORT.FLB format library.

1 January 2004