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04/10/92

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CD-ROM databases now available on SUNet

"Networked CD-ROMs," the newest Folio menu option, is now making available a variety of CD-ROM resources to the Stanford community, officials from Libraries and Information Resources have announced.

The service is an experimental pilot project providing access for up to five simultaneous users to seven CD-ROM (compact disc-retrieve only memory) database products: the Art Index, Dissertation Abstracts International, Enviro/EnergyLine Abstracts, Modern Language Association Bibliography (MLA), Statistical Masterfile, Video Directory and Water Resources Abstracts.

Each library has terminals that access "Networked CD- ROMs" or users can "Telnet" to the databases with any microcomputer or terminal with communication software emulating VT100 or higher. Access to the Forsythe computer can be via SUNet, dial-in, or Gandalf connection.

When users consult "Networked CD-ROM" through Folio, they will notice that each database has its own customized search software, so these CD-ROM databases will not behave or look like other Folio files. "Help" screens and descriptions of each database are available on-line.

The Stanford community is encouraged to use this experimental service and share comments and suggestions through a special "Networked CD-ROM" menu option, said Mike Miller of Meyer Library. To use the service, type "Select Networked CD-ROMs" (SEL NET) when connected to Folio. For more information about this service, consult with the reference staff of any library.

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