For many practitioners, finding a way to store the vast amount of data they receive and to retrieve valuable information is quite a challenge. One of the most useful tools is the bibliographic database, which has been popular in many research settings both within and outside medicine, but which has not penetrated the pharmacy world to any great extent. The ability to download the end product into reference management software. It is appreciated that this goes beyond the current skills of many pharmacists and also of a good number who work in drug information units. It is then a simple task to assign a number to the record that matches a number added to the original article, that is in numerical order of collection, and subsequently to retrieve the hard copy of a reference by searching for key words. In reality, practitioners need a strategy to cope with the volume and range of material available.