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Title:
CD-ROM information products : an evaluative guide and directory
Author:
Armstrong, C. J.
Publication Information:
Aldershot, Hants, England ; Brookfield, VT, USA : Gower, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
xiv, 470 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780566036262
Format :
Book

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Although these lengthy reviews of CD-ROMs were written by British librarians, most of the 19 products are American (e.g., three Wilsondisc titles, Books in Print and Ulrich's Plus, New Grolier Electronic Encyclopedia, and BiblioFile CPS). Each review starts with a fact sheet that rates such aspects of the product as ease of use, screen displays, and value for money and reports the results of bench tests to estimate retrieval speed. Subsequent in-depth consideration is illustrated with sample screens. Most of these products have been evaluated elsewhere, but the uniformity of these reviews makes this book useful for libraries investing in this new technology. The concluding classified directory of CD-ROM products provides only cursory information: distributor, database type, and coding for British prices. Librarians wanting just a directory of CD-ROMs are better served by Cuadra's Directory of Portable Databases [RBB My 1 90]. Company address list; general (i.e., subject), title, and company indexes for the directory section. --Sandy Whiteley


Choice Review

This first volume of a planned series has two main sections: product evaluations and a directory of existing and announced CD-ROMs. There are 19 evaluations and 508 brief listings in this volume. Evaluations are detailed and contain information useful to libraries, such as installation procedures and retrieval speeds. No product was tested in a network. Each review has the same basic evaluation criteria. Additionally, there are ratings in 11 categories, such as screen displays and value for money. The products evaluated represent a variety of subjects and database types, and all are useful in library environments. Price codes are in pounds sterling. There are two indexes: title and product evaluations, in addition to addresses of publishers, producers, and distributors. Midway through the publication year, the publisher plans to issue an update on disk. The directory information can be found elsewhere in a number of publications, for instance, the annual CD-ROM Directory (London, 1987- ). The evaluations are more difficult to locate, therefore, the volume is recommended for libraries collecting CD-ROMs. -B. Anderson, Northern Illinois University