We recently recommended the Directory of Microcomputer Software as a source of information about more than 2,000 software packages designed to be run on microcomputers. We have been asked to identify a comparable source of information about software packages for mini and mainframe computers. The most comprehensive publication of which we know is the ICP Directory, an annual guide to more than 8,000 software packages for computers of all sizes and types. The publication is available as a six volume set or in separate volumes. Five of the volumes are software product volumes entitled: (1) Data Processing Management; (2) Business Management: Cross Industry Applications; (3) Business Management: Industry Specific Applications; (4) Mini-Small Business Systems: Cross Industry; and (5) Mini- Small Business Systems: Industry Specific. None of the volumes have separate listings for libraries. The cross industry applications volumes are, therefore, the best to consult (volumes 2 and 4 for mainframe and mini-computers respectively). Volume 6 is devoted to complete corporate descriptions of over 2,000 software product and service suppliers. Each of the first five volumes is priced at $85.00 a year (including a base volume and one update per year) and volume 6 is priced at $125. ICP also publishes several quarterly journals which review recent developments and give new software product listings. They all share the general title ICP Inter face. They are controlled circulation publications available only to systems analysts and other data processing professionals. [Contact: ICP Directory, 9000 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240].
We also like Data Sources, an $80 per year quarterly guide to hardware, data communications, software and services. The publication is particularly easy to use because it has tabbed sections and multiple indexes. [Contact: Ziff-Davis, One Park Ave., New York, NY, 10016]