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UGLI computer helps students research
By JOHN ROBB
Since last week, users of the Un-
dergraduate Library have had a new
computer system to help them
.research their papers and projects.
' The system, called InfoTrac,
provides a computerized index to ar-
ticles published since 1983 in 1,000
periodicals, including magazines,
journals, reviews, and newspapers,
.said Barbara MacAdam, acting head
,gf the UGLi.
LOCATED IN two IBM personal
computers in the UGLi's reference
section, InfoTrac is intended to
replace or to supplement printed
Users can search for articles by
typing the author's name, the key
,words in the title, or the name of the
,ubject they want to research
followed by a few simple commands.
The computer will respond by
displaying a list of relevant articles. If
the user decides to follow up on an ar-
title, a small printer next to the ter-
minal can print a copy of the referen-
ce within seconds.
OVER HALF of the publication
listed in InfoTrac's database are
available in the UGLi, MacAdam
said, while most of the rest are
available in other campus libraries.
References for magazine and jour-
nal articles extend back to 1983 and
are updated every 30 days. The two
newspapers, the New York Times and
the Wall Street Journal, are indexed
for the preceding 60 days only.
The UGLi's InfoTrac is an ex-
perimental model developed by the
Information Access Co. of Belmont,
California. the firm will be reponsible
for maintaining the machines and will
replace the computer's laser storage
disc every 30 days with an updated
ACCORDING to the agreement
between the UGLi and Information
Access, the company will supply the
Daily Photo by MATT PETRIE
This computer, one of two on the first floor of the UGLi, helps students
with their research papers. Both computers index the library's periodicals.
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period at no charge to the library.
If the library should decide to rent
the system for an annual cost of
$16,000, Information Access will in-
stall two more terminals, allowing up
to four people to use the system at on-
ce, MacAdam said.
MacAdam said the advantage of
such a system is the fast access it can
give to a large, easily updated
database. A similar system installed
at Michigan State University repor-
tedly has worked well.
InfoTrac represents a new
generation of "end-user systems"
designed to be used by people with lit-
tle computer sophistication, she said.
"Some people may find technology
a little intimidating, so we try to con-
sider how to make technology as at-
tractive as possible."
The system utilizes simple com-
mands and explicit instructions in or- .
der to be easily accessible to users.
MacAdam expects the computers will
be used heavily.
"It (InfoTrac) isn't a panacea - it
doesn't alleviate all the frustrations of
searching for materials," she said.
"But it is an attempt to create access
- simple and orderly access - to in-
formation in a way to get it into
people's hands when they need it."
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I'm not going to study war no
The protesters brought 50 loaves of
bread in clear plastic carrying signs
which read "Congressman Pursell:
Send bread not bombs. Stop U.S.
sponsored war on the people of El
The demonstrators never got to see
Pursell. Early in the protest, Hudgins
told demonstrators that the
congressman was in Washington and
wouldn't be in Ann Arbor for a few
LATER IN the afternoon Hudgins
revealed that Pursell was indeed in
Pursell could not be reached for
But the congressman's press
secretary Gary Cates said that Pur-
sell was aware of the protest. "Yes, he
knows about the protest but he doesn't
like to meet with large groups," Cates
Yesterday's arrests bring the total
number of arrests at Pursell's office
protests up to 65 in 4 months. Some of
the protesters say they will protest
until Pursell starts voting against aid
to the Nicaraguan Contras and the
"I can see the images of the women
and children who are suffering and
that is what keeps me motivated,"
said Rev. Jim Lewis, of Episcopal
Church of the Incarnation who was
arrested at a similar protest in June.
City Councilman Lowell Peterson
spoke to protesters yesterday after-
noon saying: "I consider it part of my
job to show my support for the
protest. Clearly the bombing in El
Salvador has not received the atten-
tion it merits. We are engaged in a
war in Central America and the more
opposition we see the better."
COMPILED FROM ASSOCIATED PRESS AND
UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL REPORTS
5 killed in Philippine strike
DAVAO, Philippines - At least five people, including a journalist, were
killed yesterday at the start of a two-day general strike in the rebel-
infested southern Philippines.
Authorities said the strike, called by a coalition of opposition forces to
protest alleged military abuses and centered on the main southern island
of Mindanao, 500 miles south of Manila, was generally ignored.
But nervous residents of the troubled port city, second largest in the
Philippines, stayed indoors, fearful of the almost daily violence that has
left more than 600 people dead this year.
The five victims of separate shooting incidents included Randolf
Sunico, editor-publisher of the pro-government weekly Southern Philip-
pine chronicle, a policeman and three workers.
Mexican government confirms
death toil of 3,000
MEXICO CITY - Mexico City struggled to return to the business of
living yesterday as the government said nearly 3,000 people were confir-
med dead in the two killer earthquakes and 2,000 others were trapped -
some still alive - in the rubble.
First Lady Nancy Reagan, carrying a letter from the president and the
"sympathy all the American people feel," flew to Mexico City on a three-
hour trip to meet with President Miguel de la Madrid and inspect the
Thousands of people tried to return to work in spite of condemned
buildings, the ongoing search for survivors and more bodies and fears
another tremor might jolt the area.
The Federal District Attorny General's office announced that nearly
1,000 more people were added to the death toll - either pulled from the
rubble or dead from injures in hospitals - following Thursday and
Friday's quakes that registered 7.8 and 7.3 respectively on the Richter
Reagan outlines trade policy
WASHINGTON - President Reagan, trying to stave off legislation to
protect battered American industries from cheap imports, outined a
refurbished trade policy yesterday that is designed to combat unfair
trade practices abroad and open foreign markets to U.S. goods.
"I will not stand by and watch America businesses fail because of un-
fair trading practices abroad," Reagan pledged in a speech to lawmakers
and business leaders invited to the White House to hear his announ-
cement. "I will not stand by and watch American workers lose their jobs
because other nations do not play by the rules."
But Reagan, who has said quotas or tariffs to protect more expensive
domestic products from foreign competition would lead to economic
disaster, promised to veto measures that I believe will harm economic
growth, cause loss of jobs and diminish international trade."
The president said he would ask Congress to establish a $300 million
war chest to provide grants and loans to "couner our loss of business to
trading partners who use what, in effect, are subsidies to deprive U.S.
companies of fair access to world markets."
A senior administration official, briefing reporters on condition he not
be identified, said the money would be used to compete with nations that
not only provide low-cost loans to help foreign buyers acquireselected
goods but sometimes even pay foreign buyers directly.
Reagan and Egypian president
discuss Middle East peace,
WASHINGTON - President Reagan and Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak met yesterday to discuss strategies for reviving the stalled
peace process in the Middle East.
A senior American official briefing reporters on administration efforts
to revive a 3-year-old peace initiative in the troubled region, said: "We've
been in close discussions with the Egyptians about the state of play over
the last several months" and indicated such discussions would continue.
Mubarak is in the United States to attend the United Nations General
Assembly meeting, which has drawn a large attendance by heads of state
this year to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the world
Farm Aid falls short of goal
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - At $9 million so far, proceeds from the all-star Farm
Aid benefit concert appeared to be running short of the goal yesterday,
but organizers said they would be happy if the event triggered new in-
terest in farmers' problems.
By the time the 14-hour concert ended and 50 stars of country, rock and
blues had left the stage early yesterday, FarmAid had raised more than
$9 million. That was way below singer Willie Nelson's prediction of
raising $50 million.
Nelson, who organized Sunday's show, said Farm Aid received about $4
million from corporate donations and ticket sales, and roughly $5 million
in pledges from television viewers and radio listeners. But tabulation of
the pledges was incomplete.
"We don't know yet how much we raised," said spokeswoman Linda
Lounsberry for the Howard Bloom Agency of New York, which handled
promotion and publicity for the event. "It may be next week before we
have that," she said.
The Farm Aid money will be used for cash grants to needy farmers,
legal aid, counseling and job training, a nationwide information hotline
and a campaign to increase awareness of farm problems.
Nelson will have control over its use, said his manager, Dave Anderson.
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Lee Zukowski, an administrative
assistant in the math department,
said that while the department has not
endorsed Schwartz's petition, it has
left signing the document up to the
discretion of each faculty member.
Aerospace Engineering Prof. John
Taylor - who has spearheaded a
petition in the college that he says has
produced only one other signature -
said he "objects to the Star Wars
system because the system itself is
technically infeasible, because it
works against deterrence and arms
control efforts, and because it will
have seriously damaging effects on
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