South African studies: a review of NISC's anthology CD-ROM

  • Ina Fourie Department of Information Science, University of South Africa
  • Shirley J. Behrens Department of Information Science, University of South Africa


South African studies is an anthology CD-ROM containing a suite of 11 South African databases (including the South African national bibliography and the index to South African periodicals) which are integrated on one disc. The first edition appeared early in 1996; the CD-ROM is updated quarterly and published by National Inquiry Services Centre (NISC) South Africa. A general description of South African studies is given and the product is evaluated according to specifIed criteria, namely vendor and product details, technical aspects, the user interface and user friendliness, searching and search management, and output. Although product features and characteristics are considered, the emphasis is placed on user interaction and the effectiveness of the software in supporting information retrieval.South African studies is 'n saamgestelde CD-ROM wat 11 Suid-Afrikaanse databasisse op een skyf integreer (insluitende Suid-Afrikaanse nasionale bibliograjie en Repertorium van Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrifartikels). Die eerste uitgawe het in 1996 verskyn. Die CD-ROM word kwartaalliks opdateer en word deur National Inquiry Services Centre (NISC) Suid- Afrika gepubliseer. 'n Algemene beskrywing van South African studies word gegee en die produk word geëvalueer volgens spesifieke kriteria, naamlik die makelaar- en produkbesonderhede, tegniese aspekte, die gebruikerskoppelvlak en gebruikersvriendelikheid, soektogte en behartiging van soektogte en uitvoer. Alhoewel produkkenmerke oorweeg word, val die klem op gebruikersinteraksie en die effektiwiteit van die programmatuur in die ondersteuning van inligtingherwinning.
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