Product News and Reviews
Thomson Gale Expands Spanish-Language Resources, Introduces New Collection
Thomson Gale announced that it has expanded its Spanish-language resources
to include a new series of fiction and nonfiction titles in large print for
Spanish-speaking readers. The company also announced the launch of Corbis Images
The new Spanish-language series, produced by Thomson Gale imprint Thorndike
Press, provides a mix of fiction genres, including New York Times bestsellers
and romance titles.
The Thorndike Press titles are part of Thomson Gale's overall Spanish-language
program, which features a variety of print and electronic reference material.
These are offered in a range of subjects, such as arts and literature, biography,
business, general reference, geography, history, and languages.
Corbis Images for Education
Corbis Images for Education makes available images that cannot be found in
news archives or on the open Web. These can be used in a variety of learning-related
applications, including classroom projects and assignments, presentations,
lesson plans, Web course work, and other K-12 and higher educational purposes.
Corbis Images for Education contains approximately 400,000 images from Corbis'
collections, including more than 200,000 images from the Bettmann Archive,
10,000 images from its Fine Art Collection, and tens of thousands of images
from its nature, science, space, and commercial stock archives.
Source: Thomson Gale, Farmington Hills, MI, 248/699-4253; http://www.gale.com.
LexisNexis to Deliver Information via BlackBerry
LexisNexis announced that business professionals can now access its content
via the BlackBerry wireless platform.
LexisNexis is the first information provider to offer access to comprehensive
full-text news, business, legal, public records, and regulatory and legislative
information sources on BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds. Users can receive current
news on predefined topics of interest delivered by LexisNexis Publisher. The
service will soon be able to proactively search, refine, and edit results sets
from more than 14,000 information sources.
Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 937/865-6800; http://www.lexisnexis.com.
Information Today, Inc. Releases Two Directories
Information Today, Inc. announced the publication of Information Services
Market Place (ISMP): The World Directory of Independent Professionals and
the 50th edition of the American Book Trade Directory (ABTD).
ISMP will be released in spring 2005 in both print and electronic
formats. The Web version will be available as an annual subscription or on
a pay-as-you-go basis.
Independent information professionals, consultants, and companies involved
in the information services industry will be entitled to a free listing that
features an overview of their business and complete contact details. Logo and
advertising placement options will be available as well. Online submission
of data and a listing-recruitment campaign will be launched this month.
American Book Trade Directory
First published in 1915, ABTD is a reference guide for library and
publishing communities across the U.S. and Canada. It provides information
on nearly 30,000 retail and antiquarian book dealers, more than 1,300 wholesalers,
and nearly 100 book trade associations.
Organized by state and city, entries include store or company size, specialties,
years in business, contact information, and notations for those businesses
that handle audiocassettes and other sidelines. Also included in ABTD are
graphs that help profile and track the latest trends in the book trade industry.
Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.
Dialog Expands eLinks, Rolls Out Aerospace Database
Dialog Corp. announced that it has expanded its Dialog eLinks service to
facilitate access from its Dialog and Dialog DataStar services to a subscribing
organization's collection of electronic journals and other research documents.
The company also announced the release of AeroBase, a new database that contains
scientific and technical research related to the global aerospace industry.
According to the announcement, Dialog eLinks, designed for information professionals
using advanced searching techniques as well as for individuals using guided-search
features, help organizations that subscribe to the Dialog and Dialog DataStar
services to more efficiently utilize and access their electronic subscriptions.
Previous linking tools available through Dialog and Dialog DataStar have
now been combined into a single offering with additional functionality. Dialog
has added 32 databases to the roster of those enabled with Dialog eLinks, increasing
the total number to 60. More than 140 publishers now make their materials available
for linking. They offer more than 11,200 journals, conference proceedings,
and other research sources.
The AeroBase database includes references, abstracts, and controlled-vocabulary
indexing of scientific and technical journal articles, preprints, conference
proceedings, books, theses, and unpublished literature relating to the aerospace
and aeronautical industries. At its launch, the database contains more than
20,000 documents, with more to be added monthly.
Source: Dialog Corp., Cary, NC, 919/462-8600; http://www.dialog.com.
EBSCO Publishing Releases New Database
EBSCO Publishing announced the launch of Hospitality & Tourism Index
(HTI), a new bibliographic database that features scholarly research and industry
This index combines the records of three collections: Cornell University's
former Hospitality database, which was previously unavailable for public use;
Articles in Hospitality and Tourism, formerly co-produced by the University
of Surrey and Oxford Brookes University; and the Lodging, Restaurant & Tourism
Index, formerly produced by Purdue University.
HTI contains more than 440,000 records from 500 titles, with coverage dating
to the early 1940s. It offers both domestic and international sources, with
material collected from Canada, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Publications include Hotel & Motel
Management, Journal of Leisure Research, Nation's Restaurant
News, Restaurants & Institutions, and more. Coverage features
demographics and statistics, development and investment, and hospitality law.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 978/356-6500; http://www.epnet.com.
CrossRef Launches CrossRef Search
CrossRef announced the release of CrossRef Search, a new initiative that
enables users to search the full text of high-quality, peer-reviewed journal
articles, conference proceedings, and other resources. It utilizes the collaborative
environment of CrossRef and Google search technologies.
CrossRef Search is available to all users, free of charge, on the Web sites
of participating publishers. It encompasses current journal issues as well
as back files. The results are delivered from the regular Google index but
filter out everything except the participating publishers' content. The results
will then link to the content on publishers' Web sites via DOIs or regular
URLs. CrossRef itself doesn't host any content or perform searches but works
behind the scenes with Google to facilitate the crawling of content on publishers'
sites. CrossRef sets the policies and guidelines governing publisher participation
in the initiative.
The participating publishers are the American Physical Society, Annual Reviews,
the Association for Computing Machinery, Blackwell Publishing, Institute of
Physics Publishing, International Union of Crystallography, Nature Publishing
Group, Oxford University Press, and John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Source: CrossRef, Lynnfield, MA, 781/295-0072; http://www.crossref.org.
FIZ Karlsruhe Enhances Conference Information Service
FIZ Karlsruhe announced that it has enhanced and complemented its conference
information service for intranets. Users can now choose between three options:
CONFnet, a fully searchable database with conference previews extending to
2010; Conference Information Service (CIS), a customized HTML version of CONFnet;
or raw data for free use in the corporate intranet. This offer is complemented
by CLOU, a free weekly newsletter for CIS users and buyers of raw data.
CONFnet covers all subject areas of science and technology. The database
is updated weekly and contains approximately 7,000 conference previews. Relevant
information can be found through a concise search mask (such as by using German
or English keywords), employing a standardized classification, or searching
by country or conference data. No special retrieval language is required.
According to the announcement, the existing CIS was enhanced with user-friendly
options. CIS is a subject-related excerpt from CONF that's compiled according
to the customer's wishes and is specifically tailored to the information requirements
of the respective companies. CIS and CONFnet may either be integrated into
corporate intranets or linked to the FIZ Karlsruhe server.
Source: FIZ Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany, 011-49-7247-808-555; http://www.fiz-karlsruhe.com.
Factiva Adds New Knight Ridder Digital Sources
Factiva announced that it has renewed and extended its publisher relationship
with Knight Ridder Digital. New to Factiva's collection are the Monterey
County (Calif.) Herald and el Nuevo Herald, Miami's largest
Spanish-language newspaper. Through this expanded relationship, Factiva will
supply its customers with 31 key U.S. sources, 13 of which are ranked among
the top 100 newspapers in the country by circulation.
Source: Factiva, Princeton, NJ, 609/627-2000; http://www.factiva.com.
Thomson ISI Unveils BIOSIS Previews 3.0
Thomson ISI announced the release of BIOSIS Previews 3.0. This upgrade includes
more than 9 million CAS Registry Numbers, entries to the 1969—1992 data
segment, and more than 6,300 sequence data accession numbers.
In addition, every record within the database has been augmented with BIOSIS
Major Concepts, more complete taxonomic data, remapped MeSH disease terms and
Biosystematic Codes, and streamlined patent indexing to improve retrieval.
Other enhancements designed to make navigating the extensive subject indexing
more intuitive include the following:
Search aids for Organism classifiers, Major Concepts, and Concept
Individual search fields for each subject index
An updated design that includes tables in the full records
Source: Thomson ISI, Philadelphia, 215/386-0100; http://www.thomsonisi.com.
SiteImprove Introduces New Online Service
SiteImprove announced the launch of SiteArchive, a service that creates a
snapshot of a Web site and stores it as an archive. This snapshot contains
all documents found in the site, including images, internal links, and the
contents of the first page of an external link.
SiteArchive allows users to immediately access archives of live content for
future reference via all current Web browsers and online tools. Stored archives
can be made available over a public or secure Internet connection. The SiteArchive
service can be customized with respect to how often a site is archived and
which specific information is to be saved. Pricing is dependent on the size
(in megabytes) and frequency of archiving. The archives are stored at two different
secure locations, with options for digital media copies or hard copies.
Source: SiteImprove, San Jose, CA, 408/437-6317; http://www.siteimprove.com.
R.R. Bowker Enhances ulrichsweb.com
R.R. Bowker announced new enhancements to ulrichsweb.com, its international
Web-based source for detailed information about journals, magazines, and electronic
The main enhancement is the Open Access Journals feature. ulrichsweb.com
now contains a new Open Access Search field through which users can search
for any publication that's available via open access. Several open-access journals
from SPARC, PLoS, BioMed Central, the Directory of Open Access Journals, and
other sources are now included in ulrichsweb.com.
In addition to a new open access advanced search field, Bowker has created
an Open Access icon that displays on the search results page. This feature
alerts users that a particular publication is available via open access. To
connect users to these new resources, Bowker has added a Click for Open Access
button on full citation screens. It gives users one-click access directly to
that publication's full-text content on the Web.
Source: R.R. Bowker, New Providence, NJ, 888/269-5372; http://www.bowker.com.
FIND/SVP, Forbes.com Launch Online Custom Research Center
FIND/SVP, Inc. and Forbes.com announced the launch of the Forbes.com Custom
Research Center, a tool that offers live research-based services for business
The Custom Research Center will allow Forbes.com's audience to purchase personalized
answer briefs in response to their confidential questions about competitors,
industry trends, or other business issues. Business executives who require
in-depth research projects will be given the opportunity to submit a request
As part of the agreement, FIND/SVP will provide original editorial content
that features the emerging trends and business intelligence spotted by its
team of 100 subject-matter research professionals. FIND/SVP will also provide
answers to common questions on the minds of top executives. This content will
appear on Forbes.com and other channels that carry its proprietary editorial
content, including Yahoo!, MSN, and AOL.
Source: FIND/SVP, Inc., New York, 212/645-4500; http://www.findsvp.com.
Thomson Derwent LitAlert Now Available on STN
Thomson Derwent announced that LitAlert, a database of value-added U.S. intellectual
property litigation, is now available on STN International.
LitAlert records are created by Thomson Derwent's technical and editorial
staff. They collect details of patent and trademark infringement lawsuits filed
in the 94 U.S. district courts and then supplement the records with additional
details that assist researchers. LitAlert covers lawsuits filed since 1973,
including thousands of suits filed since the early 1970s.
Each LitAlert record contains the docket number of the case and bibliographic
details that facilitate the identification of relevant material. In addition,
the notes section of each record provides the filing date and court in which
the case was heard, identifies the plaintiffs and defendants, and details the
judgment (if applicable). LitAlert is updated weekly.
Source: Thomson Derwent, Philadelphia, 215/386-0100; http://www.derwent.com.
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals Available on IDS
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts announced that the Avery Index to Architectural
Periodicals is now available on its Internet Database Service (IDS).
The database offers a comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture
and design. It includes bibliographic descriptions and indexes on subjects
such as the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city
planning, historic preservation, and interior design and decoration. It contains
nearly 500,000 entries that survey more than 700 U.S. and international journals.
The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals covers international scholarly
and popular periodical literature as well as the publications of professional
associations, American state and regional periodicals, and the major serial
publications on the architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America,
Source: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Bethesda, MD, 301/961-6700; http://www.csa.com.