This powerful CD-ROM allows users full access to The Oxford Chronology of English Literature's 30,000 works by more than 4,000 authors. The CD-ROM features a clear and easy to use interface with a main screen that offers instantaneous access to the records grouped in three main indexes, according to the publication year, author, or title. Users can install the program to the hard drive or run it from the CD-ROM. The powerful advanced search capabilities of this CD-ROM allows users to search by author name, dates or gender, by title or subject of work, date of publication, or the name of the publisher. And full text searching with wild cards and Boolean operators enables fast and selective access to database records. Using an advanced search, users can quickly and easily check such specifics as subtitles of works; format (i.e. number of volumes); publisher/imprint details; place of publication; whether a work was published anonymously or pseudonymously; serialization details; where and when dramatic works were first performed; whether or not a work was illustrated and by whom It also makes it possible to group records according to shared characteristics in order to create lists which can be printed out or copied to a word processor. In many entries, additional annotation is provided, especially where this is relevant to an understanding of a work's composition or publishing history. Careful attention has also been paid to women, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh authors who wrote/write in English, to English regional writers, and working-class texts. And the Chronology has broadened the definition of literature to include a large number of works whose popularity serves to exemplify contemporary taste or which have contributed to the development of a particular popular genre, such as detective fiction. Works covered in the Chronology · Fiction [novels, novellas, short-story collections, anthologies, selected juvenile fiction] · Poetry [individual works, single-author collections, anthologies] · Drama · Literary Scholarship [editions of English texts, editions of classical and foreign texts, editions of letters, dictionaries and other reference works, critical studies] · Non-Fiction [essays, travel and exploration, literary memoirs, biographical studies, philosophical and religious works, historiography, economics] System requirements: PC with minimum 166MHz Pentium-class processor; 64 Mb RAM; 20 Mb hard disc space; 8-speed CD-ROM drive; Windows 95, 98, 2000 or NT4; SVGA monitor or Macintosh computer with a PowerPC processor; Minimum 64 Mb of RAM (64 Mb highly recommended); 20 Mb hard disk space; 8-speed CD-ROM drive; Mac OS 8.1 or later; SVGA monitor: 640 x 480 pixels screen resolution.