Scientific meetings in the field of biomedicine have increased greatly within the last twenty years. There are a number of information or directory sources which provide data about societies or agencies that sponsor meetings or conferences: bibliographic compilations that are generally retrospective in nature, and reference sources which list future national and international meetings. Nevertheless, bibliographic control of this vast amount of resulting literature is difficult. Examination of 120 currently existing bibliographic control instruments revealed that 28 gave some consideration to conferences and meetings. Four of these instruments covered a total of 1,821 biomedical conferences, demonstrating that there are existing bibliographic control instruments which are attempting to keep pace with the volume of material produced as a result of these meetings
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