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|MinDex is the most useful index to magazines
related to minerals and mineralogy. Period.
I use it every day for research. It is better than Internet references.
It is better than the 30 year Index to Mineralogical Record.
Every mineral and mineral locality mentioned in the following mineral magazines are indexed:
The MinDex indexes every mineral species ever mentioned in these magazines and includes all locality data published for the mineral. It is an invaluable tool for locating articles among the back issues of the magazines, for researching mineral species that occur at a locality, searching for photos and illustrations of minerals from various localities. If you have a set of Mineralogical Record or Rocks and Minerals, you know how hard it is to find an article among the many issues. MinDex makes these immediately accessible and usable.
I cannot say enough good things about this great software program developed by Lanny Ream, founder and former publisher of Mineral News. I am not making any profit selling them. This is merely my contribution to help Lanny to sell his software. I value this software so much, I am afraid he will stop updating it every year if he does not build his subscriber base.
Over 67,000 specific citations are included in Mindex. The program comes on a CD disk and is simply copied onto to your hard drive. Versions for Mac and Windows are included. In use, you can search on multiple criteria and use incomplete spellings. For example, you can enter "ferrierite" under mineral and "Italy" under country and the program produces 7 entries with full locality, other minerals mentioned in the articles, the periodical, date, volume, number, page number, author, etc. Outstanding!
Search for all localities or particular mineral in a state or country, for all references to a mine or other locality, search for all localities where your favorite rare mineral has been found, or all articles on any mineral by your favorite author. With notations on unusual forms, scepters, twins, inclusions, pseudomorphs and phantoms, plus a photo index. If the information has been published in these periodicals, it is in this index!
This is a complete index to the periodicals with every article, author, photograph, map, locality, mineral, special mineral characteristic (scepter, twin, inclusion, unusual habit--stalactite, skeletal, epitaxy, pseudomorph, etc.), and even letters to the editor that contain additional mineral or locality information and error corrections.
In practical use you dont have to put in full spellings. You can enter mineral "cinn" and state "nev" and get 15 references to cinnabar from Nevada.
And you don't have to have the sets of magazines to be useful. You find localities for minerals, or the years they were mentioned in What's New in Minerals and you can see the various ways localities can be spelled. I could go on and on.
SAMPLE SCREEN SHOT FROM A TYPICAL ENTRY IN MINDEX
ABOVE: A sample entry for a search of scheelite from China.
This CD software is much more valuable than the unusable 30 year Index to Mineralogical Record which only covers part of that magazine and does not include all of the other magazines.
The software can be purchased directly from
L.R. Ream Publishing for $30.00
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