About the Author
Ann Shaffer has contributed to several books about computers, including New Perspectives on Microsoft Word. She began in textbook publishing as a Development Editor for William C. Brown and is now a freelance technical editor and writer. Ann holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Patrick Carey received his M.S. in Biostatistics from the University of Wisconsin, where he worked as a researcher designing and analyzing clinical studies. He co-authored his first textbook on using Excel as a statistical tool. Patrick has authored or co-authored over 20 academic and trade texts for the software industry.
June Parsons and Dan Oja purchased their first computer, an Apple II+, in 1981 and quickly became fluent in BASIC, dBASE II, Lotus 123, WordStar, and a variety of accounting programs. The next year, they opened a successful small computer retail store that also offered software instruction to children and adults. June taught at the university level for more than 20 years, has a doctorate in Educational Technology, and was certified by the ICCP in 1995. June and Dan began writing and creating educational software for Course Technology in 1992. They contributed to the Windows for Business and Illustrated Series and developed the New Perspectives, e-Course, and Practical series. They work via the Internet with a team of highly skilled media specialists and desktop publishers located in various states and provinces.
Kathleen Finnegan is a co-author on New Perspectives on Microsoft Access and has edited and managed many other textbooks on Microsoft applications for Cengage Learning's Course Technology. Kathleen taught various computer courses for corporate training and high-tech companies and developed courseware as a technical writer and editor.