Academic journal article Naval War College Review

Lancaster Index to Defence and International Security Literature

Academic journal article Naval War College Review

Lancaster Index to Defence and International Security Literature

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Centre for Defence and International Security Studies, Lancaster University, and Military Policy Research, Ltd. Lancaster Index to Defence and International Security Literature (CD ROM). Oxford, UX.: 1998 (prices stated below)

The Lancaster Index is a CD or ZIP 100-based index that runs on a Pentium or fast 486 word processor with not less than 8 mb ram and at least 60 mb of hard-drive space. The Index is updated by the distribution of floppy disks throughout the year, so the amount of space used on the hard drive will grow over time. Updates can take a long time (hours) to perform, and the computer must be devoted exclusively to the process once updating has begun.

The database can be searched by category codes (for example, arms control and disarmament, inventory levels, ground forces, surveillance and reconnaissance, clandestine and special forces, climate and terrain, or military law and regulations), geographical location, keywords, title, author, or source publication. Spelling is British, and dates are given in the European style. Boolean searches are permitted, and the search engine speeds right along with little or no waiting. A major feature of the research version of the Index is that data records can be edited by the user. …

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