When I was new to searching, I sometimes had the habit of deleting seemingly meaningless document identifier numbers out of literature abstracts I found. Now I know that these numbers play an important role in locating the print and/or full text version of those documents, and I always save them.
It’s good practice to keep a record of these numbers, especially if the non-patent literature was found through an abstract-only database like Compendex or Inspec. Read on to learn more about document identifiers, and how they can give you the edge in document retrieval.
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