3.277 text-retrieval and related software (167)

Sat, 22 Jul 89 15:48:24 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 277. Saturday, 22 Jul 1989.

(1) Date: 22 Jul 89 09:55 -0330 (8 lines)
From: hans@leif.mun.ca
Subject: RE: 3.272 anyone there? text retrieval program? (50)

(2) Date: Sat, 22 Jul 89 11:29:06 EDT (36 lines)
From: Itamar Even-Zohar <B10@TAUNIVM.bitnet>

(3) Date: Sat, 22 Jul 89 11:34:22 EDT (69 lines)
From: Itamar Even-Zohar <B10@TAUNIVM.bitnet>
Subject: Bibliographic Utility

(4) Date: 22 Jul 89 09:29 -0330 (24 lines)
From: hans@leif.mun.ca
Subject: RE: 3.267 database software, cont. (28)

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Date: 22 Jul 89 09:55 -0330
From: hans@leif.mun.ca
Subject: RE: 3.272 anyone there? text retrieval program? (50)

There is an excellent little shareware programme for text searches,
etc., which rivals GOFER but is faster. It is called LOOKFOR. If you
wish to have it, I can make it available in a uuencoded version.
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Date: Sat, 22 Jul 89 11:29:06 EDT
From: Itamar Even-Zohar <B10@TAUNIVM.bitnet>

MSWENSON@IUBACS writes (HUMANIST, Vol. 3, No. 256, 17 July 1989):

>I am analyzing verbatim transcripts of interviews... However, I do
>not want to use pre-established keywords. ... I use Nota Bene... But
>have not figured out how to use it as a text-base.

Nota Bene's Text-Base is still the most flexible I know, that is, if
you work with Nota Bene as a word processor. In spite of many
advantages ASK-SAM offers, I think for most purposes Nota Bene's is
still less tiresome. In addition to a number of pre-defined formats,
there is a possibility to user customize formats, or use both in a
more sophisticated way if combined with extra codes and prompts or

For the purpose indicated, I think the ideal format would be the one
where the borders between the units is the word QUESTION, or just Q.
This format is explained in Nota Bene's Manual, Section F2, pp. 24--
27. This allows no preparation of any extra text (though such text
can easily be added whenever wished), but a very quick and efficient
retrieval of the "QUESTION-ANSWER" material.

For some sophisticated uses of Nota Bene's TB, order file TEXTBASE
DOC from NOTABENE LIST. If it's not yet uploaded, send me a short
notice and I will send it to you.

There is still much to be desired for Nota Bene's TB. Willard McCarty
has prepared about a year ago a list of desiderata, which he might be
willing to reproduce in HUMANIST for new members. Dragonfly has
promised that the next version of the TB will make this one
shameful... Still it's a magnificent tool for those of us who work
with flexible texts which cannot be handled by databases.
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Date: Sat, 22 Jul 89 11:34:22 EDT
From: Itamar Even-Zohar <B10@TAUNIVM.bitnet>
Subject: Bibliographic Utility

Thomas A. Bestul (HUMANIST, Vol. 3, No. 256, 17 July 1989) looks for
a bibliographic software package. I think Nota Bene's new
bibliographic utility may be what he is looking for.

Here are excerpts from *WINGS*, Spring/Summer 1989, about the new
bibliography program by Dragonfly Software:

NOTA BENE has always offered basic bibliographic management, but our
innovative program promises to open up a new world. Now you'll be
able to:

* Enter titles only once:
Simply type in the author's last name and/or a short title, and a
pop-up window presents possible matches that you've already
entered. Select one of the existing titles or add an entry on the
spot. You'll only have to type a full bibliographic reference once,
no matter how many papers you write.

* Enter citations effortlessly
Prompts tell you where to type the author, title, date and other
relevant information. The program then arranges this data in the
correct sequence. Worrying about capitalization, punctuation,
abbreviations, and all those other details is a thing of the past:
It's the program's task to provide the appropriate punctuation, to
capitalize titles, and to convert page numbers.

* Format citations in a variety of styles
Entries may be formatted according to APA, ASPA, Chicago A, Chicago
B, MLA, and Turabian styles instead of just the form in which
they're entered. With a few keystrokes, you can even *reformat* a
bibliography entirely and *accurately* from one format to another.

* Take advantage of enhanced sorting possibilities
In addition to alphabetization by author, date, or title, you can
also sort significant works before short works, or singly-authored
works before jointly-authored works, and all of these before
translated or compiled works.

The new program

* Works from within Nota Bene
Simply pop up a window and add, edit, or cite an entry.
* Enviable formatting capabilities
* Unmatched sophistication and accuracy
* Sophisticated multilingual support
Rules, exceptions to rules, exceptions to exceptions, and more:
We've paid close attention to the minutiae of academic style sheets
so that you don't have to.
* Output is, as before, full ASCII files

Registered Nota Bene users can order this utility for 40% discount,
i.e., $99 instead of $165. (Competing packages cost as much as $495.)
(I don't know for how long this offer stands now -- I.E-Z.)

For more information write to
Dragonfly Software
285 West Broadway, Suite 600
New York, NY 10013-2204
(Phone: 212-334-0445)

Itamar Even-Zohar
Porter Institute
Tel Aviv University
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Date: 22 Jul 89 09:29 -0330
From: hans@leif.mun.ca
Subject: RE: 3.267 database software, cont. (28)

I, too, am using DATAPERFECT with great success. All of my
note-taking is accomplished with Dataperfect. I also have a
biographical dictionary with a complete MLA-style bibliographical
database in Dataperfect. Better than Dbase III PLus is DATAPERFECT's
text handling. All alphanumeric fields are totally searchable. I can
store an entire paper in such a field and search any string. THe
latest version of DATAPERFECT is also fully compatible with
WordPerfect 5.0. Wordperfect, WordPErfect Library, and Dataperfect
are invaluable tools for computing in the Humanities. One drawback is
the rather cumbersome adding or deleting of a field once records are in the
database. The records have to be exported, then the modifications of
the dbase accomplished, and finally the records have to be imported
again. This is to change in future releases. But the drawback can
be endured in view of the other good features, especially its text
handling capabilities. I store my notes in Dataperfect, send them to
a file or to the Library's clipboard, take them into Wperfect, split
the screen, and write my paper in one screen portion, while displaying
the notes in the other. It speeds up paper writing and stores notes
in an efficient and easily retrievable fashion. I also have all my
student records with their marks on Dataperfect. HANS.