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Similarities

What did you find in common among the computer systems you entered?

Most remote systems require a private or public login name, and a public or private `password.' The systems that contained databases of searchable bibliographic information had similar fields in their records, such as `author,' `title,' and `subject,' (or `descriptor' in Dialog). This information was probably stored in a common format--the MARC record format or a variation of it. The systems I entered all allowed their information to be carefully searched using Boolean logic. Finally, all of these systems featured a character-based interface with the option to enter commands directly (over-riding any menus).




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