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Volume 18, Issue 10 November 2001
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Elsevier Science Widens the Scope of Scirus

Elsevier Science has announced that it has widened the scope of its Scirus search engine to include searches for patents from the databases of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This extra functionality is part of a new release of the science-specific search tool. According to the company, the new version contains enhancements aimed at providing Scirus users with even greater search options. These include a sort-by-date function, extra searchable subject areas, and a tool for finding scientific conferences and abstracts.

Through a linkup with the USPTO, Scirus will now cover more than 650,000 patents. The new release of the search engine contains a tool for searching the USPTO databases of granted patents and published patent applications. Information can be gathered on U.S. patents issued since 1976, including bibliographic data, abstracts, and invention and claims details.

Scirus users can now receive results sorted by date and have four more subject areas through which to search for information: psychology, language and linguistics, law, and sociology. Searchers can also use Scirus to find science-related conferences and abstracts. In addition, the "more like this" tool has now been set up to provide narrower and more focused results. Further enhancements to the search engine include improvements to the e-mail results tool and the FAQs section.

To coincide with the new version of Scirus, Elsevier has launched an affiliate program that lets Web site owners add the Scirus search tool to their home pages for free. In exchange for placing Scirus on their sites, Web site owners get a tailor-made tool for meeting the research needs of their visitors, thus enhancing the user's experience and encouraging repeat visits, according to the announcement.

Source: Elsevier Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 011-31-20-485-3851; http://www.elsevier.com.

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