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Past Masters

 

Past Masters on CD-Rom

 

Past Masters on-line (via Internet)

 

Works
Included

 

  • The Collected Dialogues of Plato (Greek & English)
  • The Complete Works of Aristotle (English)
  • The Collected Works of Thomas Aquinas (Latin & English)
  • British Philosophy: 1600-1900 (English & Latin)
  • Kierkegaard: Samlede Vårker (Danish)
  • The Continental Rationalists (English)
  • Political Philosophy: Machiavelli to Mill (English)
  • The Collected Papers of Charles Sanders Peirce
  • The Published Works of Ludwig Wittgenstein (German and English)
  • The Collected Dialogues of Plato (English only)
  • The Complete Works of Aristotle (English)
  • The Collected Works of Thomas Aquinas (English only )
  • British Philosophy: 1600-1900 (English & Latin)
  • Political Philosophy: Machiavelli to Mill (English)

 

 

 Search
Engine

 

 

  •  Search word
  • Operators -- “and” “not” “or” “exclusive or”
  • Wild card “?” and “*”
  • Exact Phrase
  • Proximity Search (ordered and regular)
  • Accented (Non-English) Characters
  • Nesting
  • Group Search
  •  Search word
  • Operators “and” “not” “or”
  • Wild Card “*”
  • Exact Phrase
  • Proximity Search (ordered and regular)
  • Accented (Non-English) Characters Interface Characteristics

 

 Display
Options
  •  Only headings of the hits
  • Concordance -- only a few words of context appear surrounding searched word
  • Full paragraph which contains searched word
  •  Only Headings with hits in the Table of Contents View
  • Words Around Hits in the Table of Contents View
  • Only Records with Hits in the Document View
 Overall
User-friendliness

somewhat complicated to operate between and within the windows

easy to use

Maneuvering among hits list and documents
  • PgDown/Up or arrow key
  • "Go To" command from the file menu
  • click-on navigational buttons take one directly to a particular document or window
  • hypertext links for the footnotes
Saving/Printing
Results

Allows for printing/saving entire hits list, or selected document/blocked text from the list

Depends on capabilities of your browser

Help
documentation

Printed, online User's Guide

On-line help file with hypertext links to/from related screens, ETC User's Guide

Dependability

Reliable

Erratic; usually excellent but depends on local resource use, ports available, and network traffic

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