A CD-ROM has the potential to offer a pre-packaged multimedia presentation of the kinds of material you might cover in your classes. It is not unreasonable to think that some textbooks may eventually be offered primarily in CD-ROM format. Currently many publishers of introductory grammars offer CD-ROM supplements to their textbooks, and it's hard to believe that literature supplements can be far behind. CD-ROMs are very efficient in the way that they put so much information at your fingertips in a very portable format. If your students have laptops, or work in computer-assisted classrooms, they may well prefer a CD to a heavy tome.
For the time being, however, you may find that your students only have access to CD-ROM resources through your institution's library. Using them in such instances would require students to complete tasks on their own outside of class and would involve making certain that students did not all travel to the library to use the same resource at the same time. In such cases, you might look for CD-ROMs that would be useful as research tools (as, for example, CETEDOC and the OED) rather than as primary texts.
Each CD-ROM has its own unique attributes. The number of kinds of CD-ROMs that exist is perhaps almost as large as the number of kinds of printed texts that are available. Therefore, you'll have to evaluate each CD-ROM on your own to figure out how best it might work into your syllabus.
A list of currently available CD-ROM Resources
What will be most useful here is an annotated bibliography of CD-ROM resources that are of use for medievalists. This working list was drawn directly from the UNC libraries page. Some of these resources may be of limited use.
Ancient Lands focuses on Greece, Rome, and Egypt but includes some information on other ancient cultures. It is appropriate for elementary/junior high level use. It is heavily illustrated, and includes video and animation. You can move around by pointing and shooting at illustrations, text, arrows, etc. on every screen. Screens can be printed and a selection of illustrations in a picture gallery can be downloaded. This CD-ROM is better for providing an overview of the ancient world than for locating specific information. You can become familiar with the product by browsing one of the guides: for Greece, for example, you have Homer, Hera, Alexander the Great, the Priestess of Delphi, Thespis the Actor, and Brasides the Slave Boy.
Anglo-Saxons: An Exploration of their Art, Literature and Way of Life
The Anglo-Saxons is a multimedia guide to the Anglo-Saxon society. Itincludes color photographs, maps, illustrations, riddles, quizzes, oldEnglish narrations, Anglo-Saxon music, and the complete text of Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
The guide is divided into several areas:
The Anglo-Saxons also includes an index of key terms.
The CD-ROM is navigated by clicking on icons, and help is available on every screen.
Dyabola is a comprehensive international listing of material covering allareas of European and Near Eastern archaeology and philology from prehistoryto the Byzantine era, published from 1956 through 1994.
This bibliography is based on the collection of the Deutsches ArchaologischeInstitut, the premier institution of its kind in the world. Citations forbooks, chapters, articles, festschriften, and references to book reviews areincluded. The corresponding print source is the Archaologische Bibliographie(Stacks: Z5132.A7), also published by this Institut. There also is a printedcatalog for the collection (Ref Z51 34.R764) which came out in the latesixties and covers their entire book collection and articles si nce 1956.
You can select a language for the instructions, subject index, prompts, etc.by using Shift F10, then selecting "Sprache wahlen," then English. Remember,however, that keywords, words in titles, etc. will be German or the original language of the publication. You can search by subject, keyword, author,title, or part of title.
Given the extensive coverage, this will be useful for researchers in history,religion, classics, archaeology, and medieval studies. Keep in mind thatother print and electronic sources will complement Dyabola. For example:
for classical studies L'Annee Philologique has more exhaustive coverage.
Exploring Ancient Cities
Crete, Petra, Pompeii, Teotihuacan,Sumeria
This CD-ROM focuses on the art and architecture of four ancient cities :Crete, Petra, Pompeii, and Teotihuacan. Users can reconstruct the Bronze Ageculture of Minoan society by exploring palaces in Crete; find out how nomadicArabian tribes became Hellenized using escavations of ancient Petra in theMiddle East; get a unique view of Roman life in the first century A.D. viaPompeii; and visit the first and largest city of the pre-Columbian New World,Teoti huacan .
From the Contents screen, there are four choices: A. Time Line; B.Maps; C. Overview; D. Help. The Time Line is just what it says-a timeline. In the Maps section, users can click on the name to make the mapzero-in on the area. The Overview has foursections: architecture, painting,sculpture, and a grand tour.
While in any text section, click on text underlined in red to get aphoto of the object.
This is part of the Sumaria series from Scientific American magazine.
History of the World on CD-ROM
Bureau Development, Inc.
This is a complete history of the world from prehistoric times to1992. Major events from world history are documented. Material isorganized so that it may be accessed by 1) Book Title, 2) Theme, 3) Region and 4) Time.
Organization by Book Title lists the titles contained on the disc.
Organization by Theme breaks up the material into eight databases: 1)Economics, 2)
Exploration/Discovery/Travel, 3) Overviews/Narratives, 4)Philosophy, 5) Religion, 6) Science and
Technology and Inventions, 7)Society and Culture and Arts, 8) Wars/Conquests/Battles.
Organization by Region breaks up the world into six categories: 1) GlobalHistory, 2) Africa, 3) The Americas, 4) Asia, 5) Europe, and 6) The Pacific Region.
Organization by Time breaks the material into sections according to sevenmajor time periods: 1) Overviews of World History, 2) Origins ofCivilization to 500 BC, 3) Classical Period: 500 BC to 500 AD, 4) PostClassical Period: 500 to 1450, 5) The World Shrinks: 1450-1750, 6)Industrial Period: 1750-1900, 7) 20th Century: 1900-1992.
Marvels of Rome
3rd, electronic, ed.
Eileen Gardiner and Ronald G. Musto, eds.
Italica Press, 1994
The Marvels of Rome for Macintosh is the first electronic Englishedition of a noted medieval Latin text, which was firsttranslated into English in 1889. This Hypertext editionsupplements the original text with added photos, drawings,engravings, and tools such as a gazetteer, maps, and abibliography. The producers of this electronic version hope tobuild on this to create an "electronic encyclopedia of medievalRome, a rich database of images, bibliography, maps, andeventually full articles on the city and its treasures in the Middle Ages" in CD-ROM format.
The original manuscript was in Latin, probably written around themiddle of the 12th century C.E. and traditionally attributed to one Benedict, a canon of St. Peter's in Rome. The earliest extant copy is dated near the end of the 12th century. The textwas first printed in 1702.
The medieval manuscript served several purposes: to guide the Christian pilgrims of the 12 - 15th centuries as they retraced the steps of ancient Christian martyrs; to pay homage to thegreat architectural monuments of classical Rome; and to recountthe traditions of the city and its art and architecture. "It isthus a synthesis of the acts of the Roman emperors and of theChristian martyrs reflected daily in the very fabric of Rome'scrowded churches and its grand--if desolate--ruins." (From theTntroduction bs Eileen Gardiner).
For current users, the text is valuable primarily forarchaeologists and historians. They must be cautious, however,in accepting it at face value, for the text is an amalgam of some fact, and much legend, ancient lore, and hazy memory.
This contemporary Hypertext version comprises several "stacks"--the text itself, several maps, the gazetteer, the bibliography, a notes section, etc.
The Madness of Roland, - Greg Roach
The Madness of Roland is the first interactive multimedia novel for use with Macintosh computers. The novel is based on the legend of the Paladin Roland, a knight in the service of Charlemagne. The story is told from several different points of view. The reader can move through these different accounts at will. The characters tell their own, often contradictory, versions of the story.
The Madness of Roland uses color paintings, animations, QuickTime videos, and hypertext links. The novel is presented with original music and narration.
Roth Publishing, Inc.
CD CoreWorks is an index database of poems, essays, plays, and short stories. It combines the latest versions of four previously published paper indexes: Master Index to Poetry, Roth's Essay Index, Roth's Index toShort Stories, and World's Best Drama Index. CD CoreWorks has two searchoptions: SEARCH and SMART INDEX. SEARCH allows you to search all fieldsand all types of documents or to limit your search by field (Author,Title, First Line, etc.) and/or document (Drama, Poetry, Essays, orStories). After your search is completed you may look at a list ofcitation. Select a citation and it is displayed for you. SMART INDEXallows you to search the database index. As you type each letter of a wordthe system moves through the index. The index lists the number ofoccurrences for each word. The number of occurrences of the word is notlimited by field or type of document.
CETEDOC Library of Christian Latin Texts
CETEDOC contains a set of 21,600,000 forms, representing virtually theentirety of the volumes published in the Corpus Christianorum, both theSeries Latina and the Continuatio Mediaeualis, the opera omnia of major authors such as Augustine, Jerome, and Gregory the Great, as well asseveral works not yet available in the Corpus Christianorum but includedin the Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum of Vienna, the Patrologia Latina, or other collections. The intention of CETEDOC is to produce a general database of ChristianLatin texts and thus to create a computerized Patrology, withoutnecessarily stopping at the chronological limits of the ancient Patrology. The use of this database is situated in two complementary perspectives:one documentary, the other cognitive. In the first, one is concerned with finding who said what, when, where, and how many times; to see the precise references of this usage or that association of terms, to find again the various uses of texts produced in the course of history. The second allows for multiple entries into the texts in order to understand them better. This time one searches not so much for references as for understanding. CETEDOC uses a fill-in-the-blank form to perform searches. To move within the form use the Page Down and Page Up keys. Within the form you cansearch the entire database or limit the search by using the filters. The filters available are author, title, Clavis number, and patristic or medieval period. Other function keys are explained at the top of thescreen.
English Poetry is a machine-readable full-text database encompassingthe works of 1,350 poets from the Anglo-Saxon period to the end of the nineteenth century. It contains primarily the works of those writers listed as poets by The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature (NCBEL). It includes those writers whose main entry in NCBEL appearsunder another genre but who are cross-referenced to Poetry. It also includes the few writers of poetry not cross-referenced by NCBEL, forexample Emily Bronte and Aphra Behn. In addition, following NCBEL, the database contains the works in English of Welsh, Scottish, and Irish poets. Poets who were active before 1900 are included but poets principally active in the twentieth century are excluded.
English Poetry tries to include as full a collection of the publishedworks of each poet as possible. Toward this purpose, the following are included:
The entire text of each poem is included. Any accompanying text written by the poet and forming an integral part of the poem, such as dedications, prologues, epigraphs, footnotes, sidenotes and endnotes, is also generally included. For help on using the system, see on-line help or the user's guide. Acomplete bibliography of the works included on English Poetry is also available.
English Prose Drama: the Full-Text Database
This release of the database comprises 509 plays (by 184 authors)published in English prose from the early 16th century to the endof the 19th century by writers from the British Isles. The finalrelease will contain over 1,800 works by 380 named authors, andapproximately 40 anonymous works. English Prose Drama contains works in English acted on or intended for the stage, which are either wholly or predominantly in prose. (See the complimentary English Verse Drama for plays wholly or predominantly in verse.) In addition to plays, English Prose Drama also includes masques,burlesques, entertainments and certain closet plays. Original works, adaptations and translations are included. The bibliographic basis for the database is the New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature and the Annals of English Drama 975-1700 by Alfred Harbage.
English Verse Drama: the Full-Text Database
This database builds upon The English Poetry Full-Text Database by adding six centuries of poetry intended for the stage."A verse drama is generally defined as a work acted on or intendedfor the stage which is either wholly in verse or includessignificant verse content." (Chadwyck-Healey CD-ROM Publications1995.) This first release comprises 585 plays by 212 authors; when completed, English Verse Drama will contain more than 1,500 worksby 450 named authors as well as approximately 230 anonymous playsdating from the Shrewsbury Fragments of the late 13th centurythrough the end of the l9th century. As with English Poetry, the principal criterion for inclusion is based upon an author's presence in The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature(1969-72). As such, "this database aims to encompass the entire published corpus of verse dramas of writers listed in NCBEL whowere active before 1900." (Ibid.)
Generally speaking, the first authorized edition of each play has been used and includes the entire text of the verse drama along with accompanying text by the playwright in the form of epigraphs,dramatis personae, prefatory poems and notes. Also included are masques, entertainments, and selected translations and adaptations that were omitted from English Poetry. A printed bibliography accompanies the database. This CD-ROM version is Windows-based, and it is possible tosearch by the following fields: keyword; play; speaker; playwright; genre; period; date of first performance; and date of first publication. With the exception of the two Date fields, all the indexes may be browsed. There is also a command line search protocol that allows for more sophisticated searching.
Bureau Development, Inc.
Great Literature contains the full text of 1,896 literary classics with illustrations, cd-quality voice-overs and music performances. It features famous narrations by Dave Coulier, Bob Saget and George Kennedy; livemusic performances; and thousands of images. Great Literature has five major functions:
Search - find articles containing specific words, authors, subjects or titles.
Browse - review lists of words, authors, subjects and titles, then select corresponding articles.
Contents - review list of books, then select corresponding articles.
Database - identify the database on the cd-rom and change to a different database if necessary. Great Literature is indexed into 3databases: Title, Author and Type of Literature.
Quit - exit from Great Literature.
For more information on these functions and for a complete list of theworks included on the cd-rom, see the user's guide.
In Principio: Incipit Index of Latin Texts
Incipitaire des Textes Latins
Prior to the invention of printing, texts underwent changes as they were copied from manuscript to manuscript. The "incipit,"or opening words of a text, are the surest designation of a particular text. In Principio is an index to about 400,000 incipits identified by the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes from libraries and collections throughout the world, with an emphasis onholdings of French libraries and the Vatican Library. Together with the collection of the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library at Collegeville, In Principio represents the richest collection ofincipits at the disposal of scholars studying Latin literature and its transmission. Chronologically, In Principio covers all Latin texts in manuscript form from their origin to about 1500 when printing began--ancient, patristic, medieval, and humanist Latin literature.Texts cover all literary genres, among them: theology and the liberal arts, history, poetry, medicine, liturgy, civil and canon law, the sciences, sermons, glossaries--even cooking recipes and cursing formulas.
"In Principio provides, on the basis of the incipit: an identification: an author's name and a title of a work one or more manuscripts containing the text a bibliographical reference, catalogue, study, edition, etc. when the record comes from a bibliographic registration a name of an institution (at present, only the IRHT) or a person, in the case of primary, unpublished research." (User's Manual, p. 9)
Library of the Future
World Library, Inc.
Library of the Future (3rd edition) is a fulltext database of some1,750 literary titles. Altogether there are more than 3,500 texts--novels,single poems, short stories, plays, historical documents, scientificworks, and children's books and stories. Works are English language or translations into English. A list of titles is available.
Features of the software:
LIZ: Letteratura Italiana Zanichelli
Zanichelli editore Bologna
"LIZ (Letteratura Italiana Zanichelli) e una banca dati testualecomprendente 362 testi letterari italiani dalle Laudes creaturarum diFrancesco d'Assisi alla Coscienza di Zeno di Italo Svevo."
Motif-Index of Folk Literature
New Enlarged and Revised Edition
Indiana University PressInteLex Corporation
The Motif-Index is an attempt to reduce the traditional narrativematerial of the world by means of a decimal classification of single motifs. Motifs are those details out of which full- fledged narrativesare formed. The scope of the work includes motifs found in both oral and literary traditions. In general, any narrative is included, whether popular or literary, so long as a strong enough tradition exists to cause its frequent repetition. These include the folktale, myth, ballad, fable,medieval romance, etc. Excluded are superstitions, customs, religious beliefs, riddles, or proverbs, except as they happen to form an organic part of the narrative. References are usually provided to one or more works where material about a motif may be found, but the work is primarily an index and is onlyincidently a bibliography. To aid in searching, the entries are indexed by groups (fields). Theseinclude main entry, cross references, index, and bibliography. Specific to the CD-ROM edition is the presence of over 150,000 hypertext links linking the following:
Main entry numbers to all other occurrences of the number in the text
Cross references and index entry numbers to the main entry
Entry number ranges in the synopses to the entry number range
Entry numbers to the synopsis for the section
Oxford English Dictionary I (OED)
Tri Star Publishing, Inc.
The principle behind the OED is to trace the use of every word of Middle and Modern English from its earliest written occurrence. The OED today is the largest reference work on the English language produced, and is regarded as the final authority on the subject. The OED on CD cannot be a substitute for the book itself, since reading its very long entries on screen (some are as long as 60,000 words) would be tiring and impractical. Instead, the OED on CD allows the serious writer, scholar, and reader to cull precisely the kind of information that is required from this huge compendium. It is up to you to decide what sort of information you want - the structure of the program provides eight basic indexes, each a category of information. You can narrow the scope of an index to be as specific as you like.
(Oxford English Dictionary II)
Patrologia Latina Database
The Patrologia Latina Database contains 221 volumes and representsa complete electronic edition of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina (1844-1855 & 1862-1865). No part of theoriginal text -- prefatory matter, notes, appendices -- has been omitted. A full list of the principal authors can be found in Appendix B of the user manual. The main chronological sequence of authors runs from about 200 AD to 1216 AD (the eve ofthe Reformation). However, since Migne himself did incorporate some later Medieval texts into his original edition, the year 1500has been taken as a rough dividing line to separate "medieval" from "modern" authors, and it is possible to query the database searching only the medieval writings or the later commentary. (SeeSearch Options.)
Individual documents have been given oneor more of the following codes to denote reference to three standard reference works: Code C (Dekkers); Code G (Glorieux);Code S (Solesmis). (For a full description of editorial criteria & searching capabilities consult the PLD user manual.)
Roth Publishing, Inc.
This mammoth database indexes more than 360,000 poems in English orEnglish translation by 44,000 authors writing from antiquity to the present. Poems are drawn from 1,600 popular anthologies, 2,100 single-author collections, and 109 periodicals. The poems are searchableby author, keyword title/first line, last line (in most
cases), keyword,subject, and language. It is also possible to search by an author's nationality, religion, profession or sex; conversely, from within a citation it is possible to link (Shift + F2) to a brief author biography.Source publications are accessible via title, author/editor, publisher,year, ISBN, etc. Boolean searching of multiple fields and combined set searching provide for considerable flexibility and refinement. A Browsefunction is available for most fields (author, keyword title/first line,etc.). The indexing of this database is sometimes sloppy or inconsistent. However, this is more than offset by the sheer amount of material indexed.
Oxford Electronic Text Library Series
Oxford University Press
The Riverside Chaucer contains the text of Chaucer's works, encoded in a simple form of the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML). The electronic edition of the Riverside Chaucer (3rd ed.) contains the entire author's text, but does not contain the notes and textual apparatus found in the printed edition.
Works included are:
Le Robert Electronique DMW
Dictionnaires LE ROBERT
This CD is the electronic version of the nine-volume Grand Robert dela Langue Francaise. Containing some 80,000 articles for a word list of100,000 entries, the CD provides for each word its standard form plusfeminine forms and irregular plurals, primary and secondary meanings,pronunciation and examples of usage.
The user can search a shortened entry giving principal definitions; a more-detailed definition with illustrative examples; etymology; quotations illustrating meanings; synonymns and antonyms; and homonyms and derivatives. Altogether, the disc contains about 1,000,000 synonyms and cross-references and 160,000 quotations from a broad spectrum of French literature. For each word the user can call up a screen of phonetic equivalents to determine pronunciation. For each verb the "conjuger" feature allows the user to call up the conjugation for all tense forms, either with orwithout the subject pronouns. The database can be searched using functionkeys or pull-down menus. It is possible to search truncated forms using the "joker" feature; and to search the quotations (citations) for the use of a word by a particular author. The database can be accessed directly from word processing software so the user can transfer words into a text. These features make Le Robert Electronique an important and powerful tool for the serious user.
Thomas Aquinatas Opera Omnia
This product contains the full text in Latin of Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologiae, his other major works, the commentaries, reportationes and works of doubtful authenticity, as well as related works by other medieval authors. In all, there are 118 texts of Aquinas and 61 texts by related authors. Searches may be done on a single text or on all texts simultaneously. Words can be searched by variant form and displayed in context. There are two levels of hypertext: "the inner hypertext, aimed at text understanding, lemmatises all of the words, signals various textual typologies, as well as morphological, onomastic and homographnical codes, plus other codes for referencing and sequencing." (Guide) The second level of hypertext allows comparison between the works of Aquinas with other writers from the same period on similar topics. (For a list of these authors see the Guide) Instructions and help screens are in English.
Athena: Classical Mythology
Mythopedia, Inc., 1995.Athena provides profiles of mythical figures & classical works, and often includes illustrations from classical sources as well as family trees.Summaries for more than 1,200 myths are drawn directly from classical sources. It also includes the full text of more than twenty classical translations with standard line numbering. Navigation is quite straightforward. Hypertext links (in blue) toan A-Z directory may be accessed by double-clicking. For example,by double-clicking on "P," then within the P Group on "Perseus,"this brings you to a summary of the Perseus legend (with hyperlinks embedded), links to "all related myths" as well as links to the full text of Ovid and Apollodorus. There are several illustrations of Perseus and genealogies for "Zeus & Mortal Women" and "House of Danus."
A browse function allows for keyword index access, and it is also possible to search the entire database using the Query Function. A Table of Contents function provides a breakdown of sections and sub-sections within the database. Text or illustrations may betagged for printing ordownloading. A Backtrack function allowsyou to retrace your steps by providing a "trail" of your hypertextlinks and queries.
Columbia World of QuotationsThis disk contains 65,000 quotations which can be searched by subject, author, title word,title of work and location therein of a particular quotation, and publication date.Additionally, one can search an author's nationality, profession, period (century), andgender. Other searches
identify the name of a character in a movie, play or novel."Advanced search" allows Boolean searching. While the "help" feature gives someinformation, the software is, in general, extremely cumbersome to use. Searching forquotations by an author brings up the quotes in alphabetical order. For prolific authorslike Shakespeare locating a particular quotation can be tedious if one does not know somewords from the quote. The "browse" feature works for author, speaker and subject--but not very quickly.
*Compton's Multimedia Encyclopedia
Compton's Multimedia Encyclopedia contains
the complete 26-volumeCompton's Encyclopedia. In addition to the text of the
Idea Search - helps you find information about any topic you
want to explore. You tell the computer what to search for by
Title Finder - consists of an alphabetical list of every article title in the encyclopedia.
Topic Tree - divides all the articles in the encyclopedia into
topics and subtopics so that you can browse through them to find
Picture Explorer - gives you three ways to find pictures, diagrams,
illustrations, and charts in the encyclopedia. Then, when
U.S. History Timeline - lets you explore important events
in historysince 1492. A summary of each event is included. In
World Atlas - lets you specify the place you want to see and
thecomputer draws the corresponding map. By clicking on a
Science Feature Articles - takes you directly to 20 of the
most interesting science articles in the encyclopedia. All of these
Researcher's Assistant - helps users who may need ideas about
what toresearch. It contains 100 topics divided into nine
For more information about the Entry Paths and other special features ofCompton's Multimedia Encyclopedia see the user's manual.
Database of Classical Bibliography
Scholars Press/American Philological Assn., 1995.Annual updates planned.Volume One of the DCB contains twelve volumes of L'Annee Philologique (Volumes 47-58) covering the years 1976-1987. Updates are expected to add 3-5 volumes of L'Annee per year, moving backward and forward in time. Careful attention should be givento the accompanying documentation in order to maximize the potential for electronically searching this database. Eighteen searchable indexes allow for considerable flexibility and sophistication in searching. DCB includes modern editions of ancient texts, collections of articles (including Festschriften), journal articles, articles in collections, dissertations, book reviews and summaries. Additionally, the APh contains citations of all known scholarly work published in any language anywhere in the world in the areas of ancient Greek and Latin language and linguistics, Greek and Roman history, literature, philosophy, art, archaeology, religion, mythology, music, science, early Christian texts, numismatics, papyrology and epigraphy. Its coverage begins in the second millennium B.C. with pre-classical archaeology, and ends with the period of transition from late antiquity to the middle ages (roughly 500-800 A.D.). The Microcomputer Edition of Datapro Software Finder profiles nearly 20,000 packages for microcomputers. Datapro Software Finder is easy to use with its pull-down menus andkeyword search capabilities. If you have a question as you work with the program, on-line help is always available by pressing the F1 key. Or youcan consult the user's guide, which includes a detailed tutorial for beginners as well as help in formulating search strategies.
Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
Grolier Electronic Publishing, Inc.This 1994 edition of Grolier's Encyclopedia on CD-ROM contains all21 volumes of Grolier's Academic American Encyclopedia, plus pictures,maps, animations, videos, multimedia maps, and sound. More than 8,000articles have been added or updated to include current world events. The CD-ROM has hundreds of illustrations and photographs. A Timeline provides access to over 5,000 historical events. Animationsshow processes of the human body, such as the way the heart beats, and they illustrate other mechanical and physical processes. The multimediamaps walk you through historical events such as Civil War battles. Videoclips show many historical events such as space explorations and presidential speeches. Sounds include animals, speeches, and musical selections. The CD-ROM is a Windows product, and can be navigated with the mouse byway of its graphical interface.
International Medieval Bibliography
Brepols, 1995- (Release 1); 1996-(Release 2)This bibliography of the European Middle Ages (c. 450-1500) hasbeen produced in print form since 1968 by the International Medieval Institute (Univ. of Leeds). Release 1 (1995) of IMBcumulates the bibliography for the years 1984-1993. Release 2 (1996)cumulates for the years 1980-1994, and it isprojected that the database will be fully retrospective (1967-1997)with the 1999 release. Coverage is drawn from over 4,000periodicals as well as from miscellaneous collections of conferenceproceedings, essay collections and Festschriften. From within a Guided Search Screen, the following fields aresearchable: Keyword, General Subject, Geographical Area, Century,Modern Author, Article, Publication, Issue and Publication Year. A Browse function allows for an index display of searches performedin the guided mode. A Free Search function enables the user tosearch on every item within combined fields, using Boolean (and/or/not)operators, truncation and date range searching. Searches may beprinted or downloaded, and sorting is possible (either ascending ordescending order) by year, author or title.
World Biographical DictionaryThe World BioaraPhical Index on CD-ROM provides electronic access to six major biographical archives on microfiche published by K.G. Saur. This project has published on fiche over 1700 original biographical sources such as dictionaries and encyclopedias fromthe 16th to the 20th centuries. The sources contain over1,000,000 entries. While each set has its own print index, thisdisk indexes all six simultaneously. The six biographical archives are:
Fordham Philosophy Classics
Fordham University Press
This is an electronic edition of Aristotle's major works including:
Fordham Philosophy Classics
Fordham University Press
This is an electronic edition of Aurelius' The Meditations.
Judaic Classics II
Judaica Press, Inc.
Soncino Press, Inc.
Judaic Classics II contains the Soncino Talmud which includes:
Judaic Classics II also includes the Soncino Midrash Rabbah. The Midrash contains homiletical, ethical and moral interpretations of the Hebrew Bible as
expounded by rabbis during the Talmudic period. It includes:
Fordham Philosophy Classics
Fordham University Press
This is an electronic edition of three of Plato's major works: