TO TOPICS FRONT PAGE
History and nature of the 'topics' database
are two theoretical papers which describe the ideas behind the database
and the methodology. It is advisable to read these before trying to
use the current version of the database.
reasons for using the 'one fact, one card' method
Slips to Computers:
Notes on setting up the 'topics' database
the database was only available in the original 'DOS' system so was
impossible to use on the web. With the help of Lemur Consulting, Cambridge,
this has been converted into a web database which can be viewed as a
DEMONSTRATION of what can be done. As this is my own personal index
and was not created for public use please note that none of the quotations
have been checked and should be used with caution.
You can either use a simple search which will look for any match or
use 'advanced' search where you do more exact searches.
you will see is presented as follows in 'advanced' search: "Subject
Text Page" (text search) and "Author Source" (filter
search). Each has a browse button so it is possible to select a search
item within a category. However, all text is suffix stripped so that
you will have to select words that begin with the selected
letters. Alternatively, you may put the whole word(s) in the search
box and suffix stripping will give all tenses or variants of the word(s)
page will give a truncated list of matches. To see the full item press
on the red number to the left of the result. It is possible to mark
boxes at the far left of 'results' for printing either in TXT or XML
format to your desktop where they will appear as 'bamboo results...'
of the books from which the quotations have been taken are from my own