BRS has introduced a new service, BRKTHRU, which provides a user-friendly, menu-based approach for new or casual users. The software is mounted on BRS. (It is not a micro-based package.)
On entering BRKTHRU, the user selects from a menu of 7 broad subject categories. The system displays a list of the files in the chosen categories and the user selects the file to be searched. The user may view a description of the file or proceed directly to a search. The system provides search prompts, if required. Multiword search terms are interpreted as being in an adjacency relationship; Boolean operators and field restrictions are also available. The system indicates the number of documents retrieved and provides a choice of action-printing, reviewing, purging, etc.
BRKTHRU costs $35 per connect hour, including telecommunication charges ($17.50 at night), plus database royalty and print charges.
[Contact: BRS Information Technologies, 1200 Route 7, Latham, New York, 12110, (518) 783-1161 or (800) 345-4BRS.]