Product News and Reviews
ProQuest Adds The Christian Science Monitor Archive
ProQuest Information and Learning announced that The Christian Science
Monitor is now available electronically in full page image, dating
from 1908 to 1990. The new archive will be part of the ProQuest Historical
Every backfile issue of The Christian Science Monitor has been digitized
from cover to cover in Adobe PDF. Included are news stories, editorials, photos,
graphics, and advertisementsmore than 800,000 pages of articles comprise
the newly digitized archive. Searchers can use basic keyword, advanced, guided,
and relevancy search techniques to locate information. Or they can browse through
issues page by page.
Lists of search results provide bibliographic information, including date,
issue, article headline, page number, and byline (where given). Users may choose
to display either the full image of any page in any issue or just an individual
article. Indexing and abstracts of The Christian Science Monitor dating
from 1988 forward are also available electronically from ProQuest.
Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/761-4700; http://www.il.proquest.com.
FIZ Karlsruhe Launches New Patent Database
FIZ Karlsruhe announced the addition of PATDPAFULL to the STN International
service. This new resource is a full-text patent database that provides German-language
access to German patent and utility documents in all technologies.
Jointly produced by FIZ Karlsruhe and the German Patent & Trademark Office
(DPMA), PATDPAFULL includes German patent applications and granted patents,
translations of European patent documents, and German utility models. Database
records feature bibliographic data, International Patent Classification codes,
abstracts, claims, and the full text of the patent's description.
PATDPAFULL contains more than 350,000 records and is supplemented by a rolling
program of backfile enhancement. The file also includes the full text of German-published
patent applications since 1987, granted patents from 1990, translations of
European patent documents from 1998, and German utility models from 1999. Front-page
images will be added at a later date.
PATDPAFULL will be updated weekly, with updates available within 2 to 3 days
after their publication by DPMA. Automatic current-awareness searches (SDIs)
are also scheduled to run weekly.
Source: FIZ Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany, 011-49-7247-808-513; http://www.fiz-karlsruhe.de.
Publishers Provide New Content to SwetsWise
Swets Blackwell announced that it has signed agreements with the following
publishers to provide access to their online journal content via SwetsWise,
the company's Web-based, modular service for the procurement, access, and management
of subscriptions and online information:
Australian Academic PressAn independent publisher for
the behavioral sciences. Three of its legal and medical titles have been
added to SwetsWise.
Boom PublishersAn Amsterdam, Netherlands-based company
that's active in the general, scientific, and professional market. Two of
its Dutch-language social science titles will be added to SwetsWise.
Central European Science JournalsA publisher that provides
information products and services to academic and corporate researchers.
Three of its titles are now available in SwetsWise.
Radcliffe Medical PressA publisher of educational material
in print and electronic media, including books, journals, and software. Five
medical titles from its range of primary-care publications have been added
Cranfield School of Management's Supply Chain Knowledge CentreA
specialized information resource within the field of logistics and supply-chain
management. Supply Chain Practice, its in-depth quarterly journal,
can now be accessed in SwetsWise.
Source: Swets Blackwell, Lisse, Netherlands, 011-31-252-435-584; http://www.swetsblackwell.com.
MuseGlobal Unveils New Authentication Feature
MuseGlobal, Inc. announced the addition of a new authentication option to
MuseSearch. According to the announcement, this feature will provide more flexible
alternatives for retrieving data from subscription-based HTTP sources.
Peter Noerr, MuseGlobal's chief technology officer, said: "This new component
is a 'rewriting proxy' and offers an alternative solution that eliminates the
need to configure individual browsers, further reducing the burden on system
According to the announcement, MuseGlobal simplifies administration by including
the Muse Proxy Server with this rewriting filter component. The user's search
is sent to MuseSearch and is performed as usual. Returned results have their
links automatically rewritten so they include the Muse proxy in the loop when
retrieving the full text of documents. In this way, authentication is maintained
and the user is not required to individually log on to the content-provider
Source: MuseGlobal, Inc., Salt Lake City, 801/208-1880; http://www.museglobal.com.
The Wall Street Journal Online Offers Updates
The Wall Street Journal Online announced the launch of The Afternoon Report,
a twice-daily e-mail alert that contains summaries of top news from around
The Afternoon Report covers global business, economic, and political affairs.
The first report, distributed at 12:30 p.m. EST each business day, provides
subscribers with news that's happened since the delivery of the morning papers.
The 5 p.m. Afternoon Report is timed to cover the biggest news that breaks
after the close of the markets. Subscribers can sign up for the new e-mail
delivery service or view The Afternoon Report from links on the Online Journal's
home page at WSJ.com.
Source: The Wall Street Journal Online, New York, 800/369-2834; http://www.wsj.com.
The Washington Times Debuts Electronic Edition
The Washington Times announced that it has launched an electronic
edition that uses technology from NewsStand, Inc., a provider of digital publishing
and delivery solutions. According to the announcement, the electronic edition
allows The Washington Times to reach new markets, expand subscription
options to customers, and offer new services to advertisers.
NewsStand's electronic editions let subscribers download exact digital replicas
of The Washington Times and read the publication offline. Readers also
gain digital functionality such as keyword search, direct jumps to desired
sections, and article continuations with one mouse click.
Single digital copies and subscriptions to The Washington Times can
be purchased at http://www.washingtontimes.com or http://www.newsstand.com.
The single-copy price is 25 cents for the daily edition and 75 cents for the
Sunday edition. Monday through Sunday subscriptions are $9 for 4 weeks, $29.25
for 13 weeks, $58.50 for 26 weeks, and $117 for 52 weeks.
Source: The Washington Times, Washington, DC, 202/636-3000; http://www.washingtontimes.com.
Open eBook Forum Updates E-Book Specification
The Open eBook Forum (OeBF) announced that it has received industry support
from publishers, software manufacturers, and public-interest groups for version
1.2 of its widely adopted Open eBook Publication Structure (OeBPS) specification.
OeBPS is an XML-based format for the content, structure, and presentation
of electronic books. It enables publishers to create a single electronic representation
of a title, which can then be easily transformed into other formats and delivered
on many devices. The specification as well as sample OeBPS 1.2 publications
can be downloaded at http://www.openebook.org/oebps/oebps1.2/index.htm.
OeBF's Publication Structure Working Group is now developing version 2.0
of OeBPS. Goals for this version include major enhancements in navigation and
linking, internationalization, and metadata. It's also intended to support
even more complex formatting, such as textbooks and educational materials.
Source: Open eBook Forum, New York, 212/924-0981; http://www.openebook.org.
Westlaw Releases New Database Directory
West announced the addition of a new database directory to Westlaw, its online
According to the announcement, the new directory features faster navigation
with clear, logical organization of headings and subheadings, which are available
from the first screen. Customers also can run a scan to search the entire directory
or search only within selected topics to find the appropriate database. Users
with customized subscriptions can view their content in the new display by
clicking the My Databases link. In addition, they can browse a list of new
databases that have been added in the last 30 days.
Westlaw customers are still able to access the original directory format.
It features a tree-style architecture in which users can expand the levels
to select the set of databases they want to access.
Source: West, Eagan, MN, 651/687-7000; http://www.westgroup.com.
MicroPatent Enhances Trademark Service
MicroPatent announced the addition of new data and enhanced subscription
features to its Trademark.com service.
Country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) and expanded Top Level Domains (gTLDs)
are now available with Platinum and Gold subscriptions; Canadian designs are
searchable in Platinum, Gold, and Silver accounts; and Bronze U.S. federal
subscribers now have access to customized preferences and Adobe PDF reports.
The new ccTLD database includes domains from 233 countries, while the expanded
gTLD collection includes .aero, .biz, .coop, .info, .museum, .name,
and .pro domains, in addition to the original .com, .net,
and .org extensions. More than 10 million new domains have been added
to Trademark.com. Platinum and Gold customers can upgrade their subscriptions
to include these enhanced sources for an additional $1,500 annual fee per login
In addition to the release of the ccTLD and expanded gTLD databases, MicroPatent
upgraded Trademark.com's Canadian database to include design code searching.
The Bronze-level subscription has been enhanced to let users customize preferences
and create PDF reports. Bronze subscriptions with this increased functionality
are $2,845 annually or $50 per 12-hour search.
Source: MicroPatent, East Haven, CT, 203/465-5055; http://www.micropat.com.
Dialog Introduces New Content for Database Users
Dialog announced that it's offering the Information Technology and Communications subset
of the INSPEC database, as well as customized INSPEC subsets, to Dialog and
Dialog DataStar users.
Produced by IEE, the INSPEC database is an English-language bibliographic
information resource that provides access to the world's scientific and technical
literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications,
control engineering, computers and computing, and information technology.
The Information Technology and Communications subset comprises more than
1.4 million records dating to 1969. It's updated with more than 90,000 new
records per year. The subset covers subjects relating to information creation,
storage, use, and communication. Topics include information and communication
theory, telecommunications, ICT training and education, ICT management, multimedia,
and computer hardware.
Dialog and Dialog DataStar users can now also subscribe to customized discrete
subsets of content from the INSPEC database that can be created using Dialog's
extensive Custom Solutions capabilities. The new service allows users to focus
their searching on materials that cover only relevant, specific industries
Source: Dialog, Cary, NC, 919/462-8600; http://www.dialog.com.
CAS Unveils New Options for STN Easy for Intranets
CAS announced the integration of new options into STN Easy for Intranets.
This service will now offer a variety of features to accommodate workgroups.
With the new options, information administrators will be able to set up workgroup
names, logos, and welcome text; review monthly usage by charge-back codes;
select subject categories for workgroups; create unique custom categories that
specify STN databases of interest; add corporate links; enable different search
modes for different groups; and set many administrator preferences, which can
vary by workgroup.
"Our new STN Easy for Intranets features were designed to meet the needs of
both information administrators and the scientists they serve," said CAS marketing
director Suzan A. Brown. "It is now easier than before to define and administer
workgroups within the organization, give each group's service its own look
and identity on the intranet, and create a tailored package of links and information
features. Especially important is the ability of this platform to deliver current-awareness
alerts specifically targeted to the mission of each workgroup."
Source: CAS, Columbus, OH, 614/447-3731; http://www.cas.org.
FluentMedia Adds New Content Sources
FluentMedia, a content-licensing agency of Tribune Co., announced that it
has added content from BBC Monitoring, Primedia Business Magazines & Media,
and Thomson Media.
BBC Monitoring will supply FluentMedia with a daily feed of news, information,
and commentary gathered from mass media outlets around the world. The news
coverage features more than 800 articles daily, including economic and political
coverage from Asia, Russia, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.
Primedia Business publishes more than 60 trade journals, such as Telephony, Wireless
Review, American School & University, Waste Age, National
Real Estate Investor, Fire Chief, Ward's Auto World, and Access
Control & Security Systems. In addition to these titles, FluentMedia
is offering its customers access to Primedia Insight, a news wire that aggregates
breaking news published on the Web sites of Primedia Business magazines.
Thomson Media publishes industry journals in the fields of banking and finance.
FluentMedia will offer 36 Thomson titles, including American Banker,
a daily newspaper that addresses banking and financial services, and The
Bond Buyer, a daily publication that covers the fixed-income market.
Source: FluentMedia, Chicago, 312/527-8170; http://www.fluentmediainfo.com.
H.W. Wilson Databases Available via EBSCOhost
H.W. Wilson announced that 11 of its databases will soon be available to
libraries via EBSCOhost. They include the following:
Art Index RetrospectiveAn in-depth record of 55 years
of art journalism, covering 557 periodicals
Bibliographic IndexA source for online searching of more
than 271,000 bibliographies from books and periodicals in English, German,
Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, and the Romance languages
Biological & Agricultural IndexA listing of more than
300 core journals in biology and agriculture
Book Review DigestReview excerpts and book summaries for
more than 112,000 books. More than 8,000 works are added each year.
Current Biography IllustratedA source for more than 25,000
articles on figures from 1940 to the present, plus more than 19,500 photos
Source: H.W. Wilson, New York, 718/588-8400; http://www.hwwilson.com.