Comprehensive toxicology on CD-ROM [electronic resource] : the definitive reference source for toxicology /
[editors-in-chief, I. Glenn Sipes, Charlene A. McQueen, A. Jay Gandolfi].
Version 1.0.
Oxford ; New York : Pergamon, c1998.
1 computer laser optical disc ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 guide (24 p. ; 12 cm.)
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Oxford ; New York : Pergamon, c1998.
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Title from disc label.
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Volume 14 available in print under RA 1199 .C648 1997 in PHAR.
Features the full text of vols. 1-13 of the book series Comprehensive toxicology. It also includes EMBASE abstracts for the majority of references, full keyword and author indexes and an extensive search index.
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System requirements: 486 or Pentiumn processor; Windows 3.11 or Windows 95; 16 MB RAM; 14 MB free hard disk space; another 12 MB free disk space if no web browser installed; 4X or greater CD-ROM drive; 640x480 pixels monitor or VGA (or GSVA) monitor, 256 colors or more.
System requirements: Macintosh (68030 processor or Power PC); System 7.5.5 or later; 16 MB RAM; 14 MB free hard disk space; another 12 MB free disk space if no web browser installed; 4X or greater CD-ROM drive; 640x480 monitor with 256 colors.
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-11:
Having previously reviewed the print version of Comprehensive Toxicology (CH, Dec'97), this reviewer was anxious to see how an electronic version would function. The print version's review was one of the few quoted in the introductory material to this CD-ROM. The challenge of making the contents of a 13-volume set available in a meaningful fashion was daunting. Installation was simple and took only minutes on Windows 95. With adequate storage drive space, the index files (7.7 megs) could be installed on the computer's hard drive. Without that ability, searching would be sluggish and unappealing. Users have a choice of searching with Internet Explorer, Netscape, or a 16-bit search program included on the disc. After introductory material and some help notes, searching (using Netscape) each of the databases was carried out using the Comprehensive Toxicology Database (subject), the Contributors Database (authors), and the Reference Database. There is also a database of abstracts supporting the text. This is an unusually gratifying addition, not available in the printed version. About half of the references have a "hot button" that allows one to call up the abstract for the paper. A search for mercury located more than 100 entries in several volumes. A recent question on a sulfonyl peroxide, unknown to this reviewer, yielded no entries. The disc actually includes the full text of the 13 volumes, as well as tables and figures. Simple and Boolean searches are easy and flexible. One must remember that the structure of the work is similar to a textbook rather than a reference book. The sections correspond to the numbered sections in the chapters, hence some are short (merely a paragraph), and others run on for a page or more. From an ergonomic perspective, the layout of buttons on the display was not optimum; a user will have to shift the screen to the side in order to access the Search button, a minor annoyance. Learning to search is remarkably simple. After installation, the search screen presents relatively few buttons and an explanation of each. With its hefty price, one must ask who would use this. After purchasing the print version, the additional funds for the electronic version will be well spent. (The program could be very useful to the toxicology consultant on the run, who does not have room in a briefcase for a heavy 13-volume printed set!) The wealth of references accessible on the disc offers an excellent starting point for students, particularly those who have grown accustomed to computerized searches. Undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. M. Gochfeld; Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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