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A Quick Introduction to CD/ISIS


AFREPREN/FWD Secretariat


The African Energy Policy Research Network (AFREPREN/FWD) has prepared this training guide for use during introductory training courses on CDS/ISIS.

The guide is intended as a quick introduction to the features, components and main functions of CDS/ISIS database using the AFREPREN/FWD library database as an example.  The emphasis is on the features that the participants will be able to use on a day to day basis.  More technical aspects of CDS/ISIS such as the programming language interface, more advanced features of the search language and formatting language and features for customizing CDS/ISIS will not be covered.  Functions of a "System administration", see Sub-Section 2.4 for an explanation of systems administration functions, will generally not be covered except those for creating a database.

This course is intended for the beginning to the intermediate CDS/ISIS user. It should also prove useful to users who need to refresh themselves on CDS/ISIS without spending a week or two at a training course.

This guide, based on 10 year experience of using CDS/ISIS at AFREPREN/FWD headquarters by different researchers, has the following objectives:

(a) Skill development

(b) Exposure of AFREPREN/FWD researchers to the AFREPREN/FWD library database.

(c) Training resource tool that can be used at different AFREPREN/FWD focal points. 

This guide is particularly designed for the DOS version of CDS/ISIS.

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