ERIC Number: ED254209
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Accessing ERIC with Your Microcomputer. ERIC Digest.
Klausmeier, Jane A.
This fact sheet offers basic instructions on connecting to the ERIC database for individuals who own or have access to a microcomputer and are familiar with ERIC and how to search it through a database terminal. Software, hardware, and telephone line components necesary to make a microcomputer act as a database terminal are outlined. The discussion of software describes the need for a terminal emulator and lists desirable features for terminal software, including the capabilities to print and save, access to command mode, format display, default setting, and a status indicator. Considerations in configuring the software to allow interface or access to database vendors is explained and contact telephone numbers for DIALOG, BRS, and SDC (the three major vendors) are listed. The discussion of hardware requirements covers parallel transmission, the communications interface, modems, and data transmission speed. A list of popular microcomputers and the necessary hardware and software components required to access the vendors includes the following models: Apple II, II+, IIe; Atari 400/800; Commodore VIC, Commodore PET/CBM; IBM Personal Computer; Texas Instruments 99/4, 99/4a; and TRS-80 Models I, II, and III. (LMM)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Databases, Information Retrieval, Microcomputers, Telecommunications
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, 030 Huntington Hall, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13210 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - General; ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, Syracuse, NY.