Bibliographic and Textual Database Manager
The power tool for creating bibliographies
references, research notes and catalogs!
Library Master is a powerful, flexible and easy to use bibliographic and
textual database manager. It automatically produces bibliographies, footnotes
and citations for your paper, thesis or book. Catalog millions of books,
periodical articles, corporate documents, manuscripts and audiovisuals.
Organize research notes, engineering project records, archeological site
records, legal briefs, museum or archive holdings, mailing lists, quotations
for speeches and other textual information.
Library Master automatically creates perfectly formatted bibliographies,
footnotes and citations in any style. Concentrate on expressing your ideas
while Library Master handles the details of bibliographic style. The
program eliminates the tedious task of remembering the exact punctuation
required for each type of reference and the differences between footnote and
bibliography citation styles.
Create annotated bibliographies, subject bibliographies, periodical literature
indexes, book catalogs, serials lists, acquisitions lists and book spine
labels. Design custom reports for your special needs.
Unlike most database programs, Library Master does not require you to know how
much information will go into a field when you create the database. All
fields are variable length and may contain up to 65000 characters. A database
may contain many different record types, each with different fields. Hence a
bibliographic database may include references to books, journal articles,
articles in books, theses, reports, audio recordings, video recordings,
computer programs, patents, artworks, interviews and many other types of
materials. Include up to 30 pages of notes on each reference.
Data entry is much like using a word processor. You can easily enter accented
Western European language characters. The full screen editor makes it easy to
change the contents of records.
Catalog each entry under multiple subjects and find it later in a fraction of
a second. Each book or article can also be cataloged under the passages of
literature it discusses. This is especially useful for literary scholars
studying the Bible, classical literature, Shakespeare, etc. It is also useful
for ministers looking for material for a sermon on a passage of the Bible.
When you search for works treating passages in these books, any reference that
overlaps the desired passage will match.
You can rapidly find the information you want based on the contents of any
combination of fields. B-tree indexes enable you to search large databases in
a fraction of a second.
The Library Master report generator is very flexible at formatting textual
information. You can design a report that formats each type of record in
different ways and handles exceptions such as empty fields and duplicate
fields. Reports can be created in the file formats used by popular Windows
and DOS word processors, including WordPerfect, Word, Ami Pro and many more.
Library Master imports from hundreds of online information services, CD-ROMs,
online library catalogs and other database programs. The importing system is
easily adaptable to read data from almost any source.
The Library Master Network Version gives you inexpensive multiple-user
power. On a network, all users can edit and search the same database at the
same time. Maintain an online catalog of books, articles, recordings,
corporate documents or patents. Share with colleagues bibliographies, project
records and the results of online searches.
A FREE demonstration version can be downloaded on the Internet or you
can order it from Balboa Software.
Library Master is available in a 32-bit Windows
version for Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, Vista and 7. The DOS version
also runs under Windows 3.1.
Highly Acclaimed by Reviewers:
Dozens of reviewers have praised the power, flexibility and ease of use of
"Database searchers who are serious about post-processing their search
results will find Library Master an excellent tool. . . . Library Master is
a full-featured bibliographic database manager with enough power and
flexibility to meet the needs of many demanding users." [Database
"The robustness of this package is remarkable. Its support for a myriad of
record and field types, and its handling of all the major academic
bibliographic styles is impressive. Library Master 3.0 allows the busy
scholar, who has neither time nor interest in customization, to generate
accurate bibliographic reports efficiently and easily. . . . What Library
Master 3.0 seems to lack, can be added through careful customization. Talk
about flexible! . . . this is a toolbox for customized databases."
[Chorus: The Humanities Computing Review]
"As its name suggests, Library Master works efficiently with large
databases. Library Master is also an easy program to like: It offers a
logical structure, clean operation, flexibility and many other valuable
extras." [PC Magazine]
"Clearly the best DOS bibliographic manager, and perhaps conceptually
more sophisticated than any competitor in Windows. Of the high-end
commercial products,...Library Master appears to be the most
functionally sophisticated." [Willard McCarty, Director of the University
of Toronto Centre for Computing in the Humanities]
"Library Master succeeds in providing extensive functionality while keeping
the operation simple, straightforward and consistent throughout." [Journal
of the American Chemical Society]
Major Program Features:
Flexible Data Structure:
- All fields are variable length. Fields may contain up to 65000
- Use up to 50 different record types in one database, each with different
fields. Bibliographic databases may store references to books, journal
articles, articles in books, theses, reports, proceedings, audio
recordings, video recordings, patents, reports, manuscripts, maps,
artworks, interviews, computer programs, musical scores and other types
- Add new record types to handle your special needs. Add or delete fields
in any of the standard record types.
- Use a wide variety of Field Types for text, integers, names, dates, call
numbers and literature references (for references to the Bible, classical
literature, Shakespeare, etc.).
- Fields can have special attributes such as unique, required, compressed,
list of entries, subfields and ignore leading articles in searches.
- Data compression saves disk space by storing repetitious field entries
only once in the database.
- Index up to 8 fields using B-tree indexes to speed up searches.
- Easily change the database structure even after data has been entered in
a database. Existing data is automatically converted to the new
- Easily design databases for any type of information.
Simple to Learn and Use:
- Select most commands from menus.
- Word-processor-like editor simplifies data entry. Features include
extensive cursor movement and delete commands, word-wrap, scrolling,
block operations, search and replace, and underline, boldface, italics,
superscript and subscript.
- Multilingual support for most Western European languages, with easy entry
of accented characters and proper sorting on these characters.
- Macros save time on repetitious operations. Dozens of predefined macros
simplify common tasks. A macro editor and debug mode simply the design
- Pop-up table listing the contents of a field in all records simplifies
entering data, browsing or searching. Simply point to an entry and press
the "return" key to select it.
- A "Brief View" of the database shows part of 20 records at one time to
simplify database browsing. Select any combination of fields to display.
- Enter abbreviations which are automatically expanded to full field
entries. Simply type "JACS" and "Journal of the American Chemical
Society" is entered in the periodical field for you!
- Extensive online help reduces learning time and serves as a reminder of
all commands and procedures.
- Press a single key to copy citations to the Windows clipboard, then paste
the citation to your document with your word processor.
Powerful Data Management:
- Global Search and Replace quickly changes the contents of a group
- Copy an entire record as a model for another record. It is easy to
enter several articles in an anthology or several books in a series.
- Find duplicate records in your database. Combine abstracts and subjects
from several records. You can specify the fields that are compared in a
search for duplicate records.
Rapid and Powerful Searches:
- B-Tree indexes allow instant searches.
- Search whole, beginning or partial fields or all fields at once.
- Search criteria may specify equals, not equals, greater, greater than or
equals, less than, less than or equals, and approximate (when unsure
about the exact spelling of a word).
- Searches may optionally be lexical (ignore letter case and accents) and
ignore leading articles.
- Search the whole database or part of a database found in another search.
- Literature Reference fields and Date fields may be searched for a range
of references or dates. For example, Mt. 3:5-20 matches Mt. 3, Mt. 3:9
and Mt 2-4. Jan. 1980 matches 1980, 1979-1985 and Jan. 3, 1980.
- Search on any combination of fields using "and", "or" and "not" logical
- Searches are automatically optimized to make use of indexes where
- Find any record in a fraction of a second, even in a database with hundreds
of thousands of records.
- Searches run concurrently in the background while you browse through
- Save search strategies to reuse later.
Format Bibliographies, Footnotes and Citations:
- Bibliographies are automatically formatted according to dozens of popular
manuals of writing style, such as University of Chicago (Type A and B),
American Psychological Association, Modern Language Association,
Vancouver, Turabian, ANSI, American Chemical Society, Council of Biology
Editors, American Anthropologist, American Sociological Association,
American Institute of Physics, IEEE, Marketing, Nature, Science, Society
of Biblical Literature and many more. Easily design new Style Sheets to
meet your special needs.
- Bibliographies are formatted down to the fine details: page numbering
style (10-15, 10-5, 10f, 10ff, 10); use initials or full first names; use
abbreviated or full author role ("ed." or "editor"); use a letter with
the year for multiple citations by the same author (1994a).
- Bibliographies can be organized by subjects, authors, journals or any
other field. This is useful for creating subject bibliographies,
periodical indexes and book catalogs.
- Optionally group books, journal articles, patents and other materials in
separate sections of the bibliography.
- Create spine labels, pocket labels, new acquisitions lists and other
- Automatically format footnotes or intext citations in numbered, author-
date and other styles. Library Master reads your document, formats the
footnotes or citations and creates the final bibliography of works cited.
- Footnotes automatically use a full first citation and abbreviated
subsequent citation of the same work. "Ibid." and "op. cit." may be used
Flexible Report Generation:
- Reports can arrange fields back to back in continuous text with automatic
word wrap, for research notes, bibliographies, legal briefs and product
descriptions. Alternatively they can put fields in columns, for tables,
mailing lists, personnel records and filling in forms.
- Produce reports in the file formats used by many popular Windows and DOS
word processors, including WordPerfect, Ami Pro, WordStar, WordStar 2000,
PC-Write, Nota Bene, XYWrite, Microsoft Word (Rich Text Format) and
- Create documents which can be published on the World Wide Web, using
the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML).
- Flexible name formatting: convert first name to initials, use "et al."
when more than a maximum number of names, specify treatment of suffixes
such as "Jr." and "III".
- Letter case conversion: capitalize all letters, beginning of field,
beginning of each word. Special capitalization may be used for German,
French and other languages with different capitalization rules than
- Sort on multiple fields, with ascending or descending sort order.
Properly sort anonymous works. Sorting can be based on lexical order and
ignore leading articles. Sorting properly handles accented characters
for multilingual text. Sort by Library of Congress or Dewey Decimal call
- Character sort order is user definable, allowing the user to use special
characters sets with EGA, VGA or Hercules Plus video cards.
- Accented characters are properly output to any printer or word processor.
- Supports most printers, including HP Laserjet and Postscript laser
Import Data From Any Source:
- Merge selected records from one database to another, even when the data
structures are different.
- Import from hundreds of online information services, CD-ROMs, online
library catalogs, other database programs, text files, and word processor
merge files. The import program is included at no extra charge!
- Import from online information services and CD-ROMs including DIALOG,
MEDLINE, Current Contents on Diskette, PsycLit, SocioFile, EPIC,
ABI/Inform, Agricola, Religious and Theological Abstracts, Datastar, OCLC
EPIC, OCLC First Search, STN Chemical Abstracts, Paper Chase,
Dissertation Abstracts, and dozens more. Most CD-ROMs are supported for
DIALOG, ProQuest, Silver Platter, ABC-CLIO, Wilson, CD-PLUS and others.
- Import from online library catalogs including GEAC, NOTIS, MELVYL
(University of California), Data Research Associates and more.
- Import from databases and text files produced by dBase, Procite, Endnote,
Inmagic, Notebook II, NB Citation, IBID, Citation for WordPerfect,
WordPerfect Merge Files and many more.
- The import capability can be adapted to handle user defined file formats.
- Optional MARC record importing and exporting is available
with the Data Magician.
- Maintain multiple-user databases with automatic record locking to insure
- Multiple users can edit and search a database at the same time. When a
record is saved, all users immediately see the changes.
- Each user can save personal default settings.
- Flexible installation options adapt to public read-only databases,
personal databases in private subdirectories and shared databases for
- Compatible with most local- and wide-area networks, including Novell
Netware, Lantastic, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and most
other peer-to-peer and server-based networks.
Reliable Data Security:
- Databases damaged due to a power failure or a defective disk are
- Optional passwords restrict access to databases and only allow desired
users to search databases or edit data.
Personal Bibliography and Research Management:
- Students, professors and writers keep a bibliographic database for
researching theses, papers, journal articles, books and speeches.
- Professors print up-to-date bibliographies for classes every term without
- Students can search a professor's database or a collective class database
and extract only references of personal interest.
- Scholars can share research bibliographies on disk, saving typing time
and making cooperative research projects more productive.
- Humanities professors and scholars in such fields as classics, biblical
studies, religious studies, languages and literature can use the
Literature Reference Field Type to keep track of articles that analyze
literary passages of interest.
- Students, professors and writers manage notes for theses, term papers,
articles, books and speeches.
- Scientists, engineers and researchers keep project records and quickly
find desired information.
- Catalog a personal library or tape collection.
- Organize information in paper file cabinets under multiple topics.
Professional Library Management:
- Catalog corporate, church, medium sized school or community libraries,
archives and museum holdings.
- Library users, librarians and researchers can quickly find desired books
and produce a bibliography.
- Catalog a collection of tapes, records or musical scores.
- Catalog vertical file information under multiple topics to make items
easier to find.
- Make better use of information found through online services and CD-ROMS
and produce bibliographies from your searches.
- Produce book spine and pocket labels.
- Print new acquisitions lists.
Churches and Ministers:
- Catalog a church library to help church members find materials on desired
subjects and Scripture passages and to help librarians keep track of the
status of books checked out.
- Ministers can collect and quickly find sermon illustrations for various
topics or passages of Scripture.
- Use the Literature Reference Field Type to catalog and search books,
magazine articles, illustrations and sermons by Scripture passages.
- Church secretaries or ministers can quickly find information about church
members, such as addresses, phones, names of family members, birthdays,
committee responsibilities, interests and skills.
Other Database Applications:
- Lawyers can keep a file of legal briefs.
- Personnel workers can computerize records on staff.
- Sales people can keep notes on sales prospects and product descriptions.
- Manufacturers and distributors can maintain inventory records.
- Organizations can maintain mailing lists and print mailing labels.
Library Master Hardware Requirements:
Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, ME, 95, 98, NT 4.0 or later. 16 MB memory.
IBM PC or compatible with 640K of memory, 5 MB free hard disk space and DOS 3.3
or higher. Compatible
with Microsoft Windows 3.1, NT and 95 and OS/2.
Network Version (DOS and Windows versions available)
The network version runs on most local- and wide-area
networks, including Novell Netware, Lantastic, Windows NT Server,
and most other networks.
Ordering Library Master 5
You can order Library Master for Windows in two ways:
Registered users of any earlier version of Library Master may