LINUS July 2000 : Electronic Resources
Encyclopaedia of Mathematics on CD-ROM
Kit Mei Yee, Science Library
The Encyclopaedia of Mathematics on CD-ROM is a comprehensive reference work in the field of mathematics. The CD-ROM is based on the printed Encyclopaedia of Mathematics published by Kluwer Academic Publishers. The complete text of these books can be found on the compact discs. The text is hyperlinked and hierarchically structured. Many pictures in the printed version have been provided with animation and 3 dimensional objects.
When you start the software, the Collection Window opens. This window consists of two types of collection:
There are two ways of conducting a search. You can type your queries in the Find box at the bottom of your screen or in the predefined Search Forms.
Find appears at the bottom of your book screen. To start a search, type your search text in this Find box and press ENTER. If you cannot locate the Find box at the bottom of the screen, go to the main menu, select Search and Search Panel to display the box.
Search Forms are available for Dyna Text Reader Guide and for the main text of Encyclopaedia of Mathematics. To conduct a search in Search Forms, select Search from the menu-item, and click on Search Forms. Each form gives you a window to fill:
You can use * (asterix) to do a wildcard search. For example, type sequen* in the Find box to find hits containing the words like sequent, sequents, sequence, sequentially.
The number of hits in each entry is displayed in the Table of Contents (TOC) on the left whereas the main text appears in the book window on the right. In the main text, each occurrence of the search phrase is highlighted. If you wish to change the screen display, choose View from the main menu.
There are some text that you cannot search for. For example, you cannot search directly for:
You can enhance the information already present in three main ways. You can:
Together, these three enhancements are called annotations. Annotations can be public (accessible to all) or private.
Example on how to create a bookmark:
You can find your annotation via the main menu under Book and then Annotation Manager.
You may also wish to record a path through the Encyclopaedia of Mathematics that can be followed at a later time at a prescribed speed. This is called making a Journal.
Encyclopaedia of Mathematics also allows you to add pictures and note books of your own. They will be displayed along with the text. For detailed instructions, please refer to either the Help at the main menu, the Dyna Test documentation or the guide to the Encyclopaedia of Mathematics.
Printing and Downloading
You are allowed to print selected sections of the book. DynaText Documentation provides the following printing options:
To export information to a file, select File and then Export from the main menu. The Export dialog box appears. You can choose to:
To export to file, click the Export to File button, then enter a valid filename. If you are not sure where you want to save the file, use the Browse button to search through your drives and directories for a filename and format. To export to clipboard, click on the Export to Clipboard button.
Encyclopaedia of Mathematics on CD-ROM is now available in NUSNET. To access it, use Windows Shopping to buy CD-ROMs on Windows again. Read the "EOM_install readme" and follow the instructions.
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