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Newest of West CD-ROM Libraries Features Tax Materials

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Newest of West CD-ROM Libraries Features Tax Materials

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Newest of West CD-ROM Libraries Features Tax Materials

West Publishing Company has announced the introduction of a fourth topic for its new desktop service of topical legal practice materials in a CD-ROM format. The newest of the West CD-ROM Libraries is a six-disc Federal Taxation Library containing relevant statutes, legislative history, regulations, judicial decisions, administrative materials, and a code-oriented digest of judicial decisions and administrative materials.

In addition to the new West Library, a companion CD-ROM product is available, containing the BNA Tax Management Portfolios for the U.S. Income, and Estates, Gifts, & Trusts Series. (The Foreign Income Series will become available this month). These topical portfolios are prepared by experienced tax practitioners from Tax Management, Inc., a subsidiary of The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., a leader in publishing detailed analysis of federal tax materials. The term "companion" means that the two products use the identical access technology and are cross-linked. This allows users to access both products with the same user interface and move from a reference in one of the products to the text of that reference in the other's product by an easy-to-use menu-driven system.

"CD-ROM combines the speed and capabilities of personal computers with traditional book research techniques," said Thomas J. McLeod, West's manager of WESTLAW Sales and Government Relations. "With its mass storage capacity of approximately 300,000 typed pages a disc, the West Federal Taxation CD-ROM Library and the BNA Tax Management Portfolios Library provide the practicing professional with a thorough, private collection of vital tax materials that can be accessed and used directly from the researcher's own desk."

Traditional book research techniques, such as the use of tables of contents and indexes, moving through the data page by page, and notetaking, are done electronically with CD-ROM. …

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