Columbia World of Quotations on CD-ROM

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Company: Columbia University Press, 562 W. 113th St., New York, NY 10025; Customer Service: 800/944-8648; Fax: 800/944-1844; Technical Support: 888/466-4864.

Price: $350--hybrid DOS/Macintosh/Windows stand-alone or network

ISBN: 0-231-10518-5

Audience: Reviewer recommends grades 6-12.

Format: CD-ROM: text

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Overall Rating

Installation      A
Content/Features  B
Ease of Use       A
Product Support   B+

Maximum rating: 5 stars

System Requirements: DOS version requires IBM or IBM-compatible with 386 processor or higher, MS-DOS 5.0 or higher, 640K RAM (12 MB RAM preferred), CD-ROM drive with extensions version 2.0 or higher (unless accessed through a building network). Macintosh version requires a 68030 processor or higher, 8 MB RAM, CD-ROM drive. Windows version requires an IBM or IBM-compatible 386 or higher, 8 MB RAM, Windows 3.1, MSCDEX 2.0 or higher (unless accessed through a building network), MS-DOS 6.2, CD-ROM drive.

Description: The Columbia World of Quotations is a database of over 65,000 quotations taken from 5,000 authors and categorized under 6,500 subject headings. The quotations come from ancient times and modern days and are drawn from television shows, movies, novels, news broadcasts, speeches, poetry, and plays. Many quotations are translated from Chinese, German, Dutch, French, and Hawaiian. This electronic version is an update of the Columbia Dictionary of Quotations (Columbia, 1993).

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: We installed this program on a 486/33MHz computer with 8 MB RAM, DOS 6.2, Windows 3.1, and a quad-speed CD-ROM drive in less than three minutes. We also installed the DOS version on the library network using Novell Netware 3.2 and a quad-speed CD-ROM tower so that all of our classroom PCs can access the program whether their computers have Windows or not. We have had no reports of any problems. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: The 65,000+ quotations may be searched or browsed by a speaker or writer's name, nationality, occupation, birth date, century or gender; in addition, you can search by subject, title, or keyword. In a keyword search, a question mark is a wildcard that can be used for left or right truncation. For example, you can search for?ov? and come up with "love" or "cove" as a search word. A search may result in a lengthy list of matches, each of which can be highlighted and examined in more detail.

Once highlighted, the lower part of the detail screen gives a significant amount of information about the author, circumstances, source, and date of the quotation, and many entries provide a brief explanation or interpretation. …