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Dewey Turns 120 and Goes High Tech

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Dewey Turns 120 and Goes High Tech

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One hundred and twenty years after Melvil Dewey introduced his decimal classification system at Amherst College, OCLC Forest Press has published a high-tech CD-ROM version of the Dewey Decimal Classification, called Electronic Dewey.

"The Dewey Decimal Classification is the first major classification system in the world to be available in interactive electronic format," said Peter J. Paulson, executive director of Forest Press. Electronic Dewey enables users to search DDC quickly and efficiently and offers new ways for classifiers to access Dewey numbers."

Electronic Dewey features advanced online search and windowing techniques, full-text indexing, a personal notepad, LC subject headings linked to DDC numbers, and a database that includes all the latest DDC changes. Users can view and browse headings displayed in the context of the DDC hierarchy and see a sample cataloging record for the most frequently occurring subject heading associated with a classification number.

Along with the compact disc and system software, the Electronic Dewey package contains a user guide, which explains and illustrates the use of the software in the context of Dewey. A set of hands-on exercises teaches three basic approaches to using Electronic Dewey. Also included are a set-up guide, which provides information on installation and set-up, and a quick reference guide. The Electronic Dewey package is available for $400.

The hardware needed to run Electronic Dewey is an IBM-compatible microcomputer with MS-DOS 3. …

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