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Bert R. Boyce

577

SPECIAL TOPIC ISSUE: STRUCTURED INFORMATION/STANDARDS FOR DOCUMENT ARCHITECTURES
GUEST EDITORS: ELISABETH LOGAN AND MARVIN POLLARD

    

Introduction
Elisabeth Logan and Marvin Pollard

581

    

IN MEMORIAM: A Tribute to Yuri Rubinsky, August 2, 1952---January 21, 1996
Stuart Weibel

583

    

Why SGML? Why Now?
Yves Marcoux and Martin Sévigny

584

    

The Effectiveness of the Electronic City Metaphor for Organizing the Menus of Free-Nets
Elaine G. Toms and Mark T. Kinnucan

In free-nets community resources are often accessed via a menu using the names of fictitious buildings as entry points. Predicting that a everyday language menu would be easier for the average user, Toms and Kinnucan test this sort of menu against an electronic city metaphor menu. The number of top level menu choices was significantly lower (better) for the nonmetaphor menu and this group showed significantly improved results in the second test. The nonmetaphor group also improved in terms of number of correct answers in the second test. No significant time differences were apparent. In response to preference questions over 90% found the nonmetaphor menu easier to understand.

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The Modern Language Association: Electronic and Paper Surveys of Computer-Based Tool Use
Debora Shaw and Charles H. Davis

The Shaw and Davis survey indicates that the members of the Modern Language Association are rapidly increasing their use of computer based productivity tools. They are likely to have personal computers in their homes, if not in their workplace, and to be users of word processing software, electronic mail and remote access searching of bibliographic databases and catalogs. The sample was equally divided between a paper and electronic mail survey. There are significant differences in several of the responses of the two subgroups indicating that reliance solely on electronic survey instruments may be misleading.

932

    

The Contributions of Organizational Science to the Development of Decision Support Systems Research Subspecialties
Sean B. Eom and Roy S. Farris

Using three previous bibliographies of the Decision Support System literature, a database of citing papers was assembled by Eom and Farris. An author cocitation matrix was then constructed and a factor analysis yielded nine factors with eigenvalues greater than 1 and accounting for 85% of the variance. A clustering procedure gave additional input for interpretation, and Multidimensional Scaling provides a picture of the relative position of author clusters to one another.

941

BOOK REVIEWS

    

The Internet Compendium: Subject Guides to Health and Science Resources, by Louis Rosenfeld, Joseph Janes, and Martha Vander Kolk
Reviewed by: J. R. Jackson

953

    

Computerization and Controversy: Value Conflicts and Social Choices (2nd Ed.), edited by Rob Kling
Reviewed by: Thomas A. Peters

953

    

Educational Services in Health Sciences Libraries. Volume 2: Current Practice in Health Sciences Librarianship, edited by Francesca Allegri
Reviewed by: Linda S. Bixler

955

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