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Dewey for Windows Version 1.1
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Dewey for Windows Version 1.1
An updated Dewey for Windows is now available on CD from OCLC Forest Press. First released in 1996, Dewey for Windows provides an electronic version of the Dewey Decimal Classification (21st edition) in a convenient Windows-based environment.
The new release of Dewey for Windows retains all of the functionality of the original version and enhances it with a routine to produce cutter numbers, an online guide, and the option to purchase a subscription to the LC Subject Headings Authority File. The cuttering function provides a cutter number when a user inputs a main (or other) entry. It includes the OCLC Four-Figure Cutter Tables and two options for constructing cutter numbers. This feature can be accessed through Dewey for Windows or used independently. The online Dewey for Windows Guide, part of the improved help system in version 1.1, helps classifiers use Dewey for Windows effectively. Written by Julianne Beall, assistant editor of the DDC, the guide explains the contents, record types and display options of the Dewey for Windows database. It also uses specific examples and more than 230 screen displays to illustrate searching and number building. A print version of the online guide will be available for sale in March 1998 and may be previewed on the Dewey home page: http://www.oclc.org/fp.
With version 1.1 users also have the option of purchasing a subscription to the Library of Congress Subject Headings Authority File. The Authority File contains all subject headings and cross-references established by the Library of Congress, and is included on the Dewey for Windows CD. Users who purchase the subscription automatically receive a copy of the OCLC CatCD for Windows software, which is needed to access the Authority File. Subscribers also receive automatic quarterly updates to the Authority File. With the Authority File and Dewey for Windows on the same disc, users can cut and paste search terms between the two databases, using each to supplement and enhance the other.
Other enhancements to Dewey for Windows include the integration of all corrections and changes made to the DDC since 1996 and the addition of new index terms representing the 900 most frequently used built numbers. In addition, new statistical mappings in the LC Subject Headings Index from WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog), plus selected LC Subject Headings/Dewey Decimal Classification mappings from the Dewey Home Page, have been added as intellectually mapped subject headings.
Dewey for Windows requires a microcomputer with Windows software (version 3.1 or higher), and OCLC recommends the use of a 486 or higher computer for satisfactory performance. A colour monitor, CD-ROM drive and a minimum of 8MB of memory are also required. Dewey for Windows can be purchased for use on a single workstation or on a network via a site license. The optional subscription to the LC Subject Headings Authority File may be purchased with either the single workstation or network configuration.
For more information or to place an order, contact OCLC Forest Press, 6565 Frantz Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017-3395. In Asia and the Pacific region, contact the OCLC Asia Pacific office in Dublin, Ohio, telephone +1-614-764-6189 or fax +1-614-764-4331. Orders may also be placed through the Dewey Web site: http://www.oclc.org/fp.