5.0002 Scholar's Tools (1/15)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Tue, 7 May 91 23:14:57 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 5, No. 0002. Tuesday, 7 May 1991.

Date: Mon, 6 May 91 09:09 CDT
From: Michael Ossar <MLO@KSUVM>
Subject: scholar's tools

The tools David Stuehler asks for are, in all essentials, already available in
Nota Bene. NB's textbase component (which no other wordprocessor has, to my
knowledge) allows one to take notes, search them via Boolean logic for
keywords, and integrate the results in various ways into one's text without
leaving the wordprocessor. The bibliographical supplement, Ibid, allows one to
enter each item one time into a master bibiographical database and then, via
various kinds of searching (e.g. by keyword, by publication date, by author, by
subject, by publisher) construct any kind of subset desired. These can then be
formatted in MLA style, APA style, Chicago A or B style, etc. New versions of
NB itself, the textbase, and Ibid are about to be released. The new Ibid, for
example, will allow easy conversion of bibiographical data into footnotes and
vice versa. The program will come with add-on utilities that convert between
NB files and those of other popular programs like MS Word, WordPerfect. There
will also be optional spell-checkers available for several European languages.
The special "Lingua" version of NB will handle Cyrillic, Hebrew, Greek, etc.