Product News and Reviews
MicroPatent Streamlines Searching, Extends IP Alerts
MicroPatent announced a series of PatSearch FullText and patent alert
enhancements that can extend users' competitive intelligence monitoring and
improve their work-flow efficiencies.
The company added 50 patent alerts to each PatSearch FullText annual subscription
and redesigned its Search History interface. These improvements are complimentary
and automatically included in all PatSearch FullText accounts.
MicroPatent alerts monitor patent activity by company, technology, or industry,
according to the user's specifications. The new alert service facilitates the
creation, editing, and management of alert strategies. It features a summarized
table from which users can edit, clone, suspend, and delete. Other new features
include the ability to incorporate a custom cover sheet for each alert and
designate an unlimited number of recipients.
Source: MicroPatent, East Haven, CT, 203/466-5055; http://www.micropat.com.
Reuters Unveils Research On-Demand
Reuters announced the release of Reuters Research On-Demand (formerly
Multex On-Demand), its next-generation advanced research and analysis solution
for information professionals.
Reuters Research On-Demand has been redesigned to provide investment bankers,
corporate executives, and corporate librarians with a single source for in-depth
global investment research from more than 900 brokerage firms, investment banks,
market research houses, and independent research providers.
Reuters Research On-Demand now offers the following features:
Intelligent CategorizationUsers can search and locate
category, subject, purpose, and type of analysis. Information professionals
can distinguish and access
document retrieval feature allows users to track all relevant research
on a particular company, regardless
of the local ticker, vendor symbol,
or cross-reference code.
Extensive IndexingRelevant information can be pinpointed
the indexes, which include company (stock or name), source (contributor
or analyst), geography (region or country), industry classification, text
expressions, or date.
Saved SearchesThis feature allows users to access relevant
information, share searches with other users, and receive e-mail alerts
documents become available.
Source: Reuters, New York, 212/607-2500; http://www.reutersresearchondemand.com.
ProQuest Offers JHUP Journals
ProQuest Information and Learning announced that it now offers scholarly
journals published by Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP). The distribution
agreement brings the full text of 47 academic journals to the company's ProQuest
online databases, including ProQuest Research Library, Literature Online, Periodicals
Contents Index Full Text, Ethnic NewsWatch, GenderWatch, and International
Index to Black Periodicals, and to microform through Serials in Microform.
ProQuest will distribute the JHUP journal content to educational institutions,
libraries, and other markets around the world.
Included are titles such as American Imago, American Quarterly, Callaloo, Eighteenth
Century Studies, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of the History
of Philosophy, Literature and Medicine, Modern Fiction Studies, Perspectives
in Biology & Medicine, Shakespeare Quarterly, Studies in
English Literature1500-1900, Technology and Culture, and World
Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/761-4700; http://il.proquest.com.
Ingenta Enters Reference-Linking Initiative with JSTOR
Ingenta, Inc. announced the launch of a new reference-linking initiative
with JSTOR, the online scholarly journal archive. The partnership allows licensed
JSTOR users who access full-text articles on Ingenta to link seamlessly from
references in Ingenta to the corresponding full text held in JSTOR's various
Lisa Wilson-Wirth, Ingenta's vice president of marketing and user services,
said: "Ingenta is committed to maximizing the number of reference resolution
partners it offers via our dedicated linking team. The many professional and
academic publishers who have opted to use reference linking with Ingenta now
offer their customers an unprecedented 3.6 million active reference links to
choose from. This in turn enables the librarian to offer their patrons the
most comprehensive and seamless research experience online."
The JSTOR archive currently includes the entire back runs of 322 journals
and serves more than 1,600 participating libraries at colleges, universities,
and research institutions in 74 countries.
Source: Ingenta, Inc., Cambridge, MA, 617/395-4000; http://www.ingenta.com.
Bureau van Dijk Adds Datamonitor Profiles
Bureau van Dijk (BvD) announced that it is adding market research information
from Datamonitor to its range of company information products. The Datamonitor
Industry Profiles are now included in the latest versions of FAME, which
covers the U.K. and Ireland, and OSIRIS, which covers publicly listed companies
More than 2,000 Industry Profiles are being incorporated, including global
and regional reports as well as more than 1,500 country-level profiles. The
Industry Profiles, which are compiled from both primary and secondary research,
feature graphs and tables. BvD products will offer them on an unlimited-access
basis as well as through a pay-per-view option using BvD credits.
Datamonitor profiles are dynamically linked by industry to relevant company
reports in BvD databases. Additional profiles relating to a company, its brands,
or its subsidiaries are also highlighted and linked. Users have the option
to go to the financial reports of any other company whose name or brand names
are also included in the profile.
Source: Bureau van Dijk, New York, 212/797-3550; http://www.bvdep.com.
CAS Introduces Science IP Search Service
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) announced the launch of Science IP,
a new offering that provides personalized search services to the patenting
community. According to the announcement, Science IP allows information professionals,
attorneys, and others in the patenting and R&D communities to meet their
scientific information retrieval needs.
Science IP reports will support decisions such as prior art/patentability
for the prosecution of new patents, freedom to practice/operate for new and
existing technologies, and patent validity for infringement litigation. In
addition to employing patent-industry and scientific searching experts as researchers,
Science IP will also draw upon a team of CAS scientists with in-depth knowledge
of specialized areas.
Science IP can assist organizations with a variety of different searching
needs in the field of scientific intellectual property protection. Services
include literature searches for prior art and projects that support attorneys
who are writing patentability, freedom-to-practice/operate, and validity opinions.
Source: Chemical Abstracts Service, Columbus, OH, 614/447-3600; http://www.cas.org.
Wiley InterScience Launches New Database
Wiley InterScience, the online content service of publisher John Wiley & Sons,
Inc., announced the launch of the Wiley Database of Polymer Properties.
Based on the Polymer Handbook, 4th edition, the new database is a source
of polymer physical property data, with experimentally determined and selected
data for more than 2,500 polymers.
The new database offers search features that allow scientists to do the following:
Search data by polymer name as well as by property values and
Create custom tables for a specific polymer. This feature queries
across the entire database to gather the physical constants from various
tables into one location. Tables may be viewed, printed, and downloaded into
programs, or saved for future use.
Using CrossRef, access abstracts or full-text HTML for the
primary literature in future updates
Source: Wiley InterScience, Hoboken, NJ, 201/748-6645; http://www.interscience.wiley.com.
Factiva Unveils New Taxonomy
Factiva has announced the availability of a pharmaceutical and healthcare
taxonomy with more than 800 industry-focused terms. This new tool is designed
to help companies in those sectors organize and interpret information from
both internal and external sources that are essential for making better business
According to the announcement, the taxonomy and support services help integrate
large amounts of complex data, enabling pharmaceutical professionals and competitive
intelligence departments to find information on key topics such as business
issues and trends, healthcare organization, and competitor news.
The new taxonomy is structured as a series of extensions to the existing
Factiva Intelligent Indexing taxonomy, as used within Factiva's business information
services. Factiva's industry, region, subject, and company codes are already
available under license to help organizations find relevant internal and external
The Factiva pharmaceutical and healthcare taxonomy can be applied using the
Factiva Fusion content intelligence service. Or it can be integrated into a
range of other categorization and search software packages. Factiva's taxonomy
specialists are available to further tailor the taxonomy and merge it with
a company's specific information needs and internal structures.
Source: Factiva, Princeton, NJ, 609/627-2000; http://www.factiva.com.
Microsoft Releases Encarta Reference Library 2004
Microsoft Corp. has announced the launch ofEncarta Reference Library 2004.
With updated features and enhanced tools, the newest version of Encarta provides
users with comprehensive, up-to-date educational content.
Encarta Reference Library 2004, available in DVD and CD versions, includes
the following new and updated features:
Discovery Channel video contentDiscovery Channel provides
users with up to 109 minutes of educational video vignettes.
Visual BrowserEncarta Reference Library 2004 debuts the
Visual Browser, a tool that helps kids and parents explore Encarta information.
Homework CenterThis feature offers smart enhancements
to guide students through research and
creative projects from start to finish.
UpdateThis tool provides users with current information
to help ensure their work is timely and accurate.
Encarta Reference Library 2004 also features Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe
2004; Encarta World English Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Translation Dictionaries;
Encarta Africana; more than 68,000 editor-reviewed articles; multimedia content,
including live access to radio, news, and weather reports; virtual maps; and
Source: Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA, 425/706-8080; http://www.microsoft.com.
EBSCO Announces Database Additions,
Functionality Enhancement to EBSCOhost
EBSCO Publishing announced the addition of H.W. Wilson's Library Literature & Information
Science database and reference linkingfunctionality to its EBSCOhost service.
The company also announced it has reached an agreement with the American
Theological Library Association (ATLA) that will enhance EBSCO's religious
studies database offering.
Library Literature & Information Science
Created by librarians for librarians, the bibliographic Library Literature & Information
Science database indexes articles and book reviews of key library and information
science periodicals. It contains more than 242,000 records aggregated from
more than 300 books, 380 journals, chapters in collected works, library school
theses, and pamphlets. The database includes English and non-English records
dating to 1980.
Reference linking allows users to locate additional information related to
an article of interest. They can link directly from a particular article to
other articles cited in the bibliography of the original. It also allows users
to link directly from a particular article to other articles in the database
that cite the original.
EBSCO will now provide online access to The Catholic Periodical and Literature
Index and Old Testament Abstracts via EBSCOhost. The Catholic Periodical
and Literature Index includes indexed citations to articles published in Roman
Catholic periodicals, papal documents, church promulgations, and books about
the Catholic faith that are authored by Catholics and/or produced by Catholic
publishers. Old Testament Abstracts features indexing and abstracts for journal
articles, monographs, and multi-author works related to Old Testament studies.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 978/356-6500; http://www.epnet.com.
Moreover Adds News Content into Yahoo! News Search
Moreover Technologies, a provider of real-time information-management solutions,
announced that Yahoo! Search has integrated the Moreover public metabase into
Yahoo! News Search.
By clicking on the "News" tab on Yahoo! Search or searching within Yahoo!
News, users will be able to access breaking news from more than 3,500 sources
that are continually updated and customized to their specific search.
Moreover's sources are found, evaluated, and selected by a team of editors
and then enhanced with valuable metadata. More than 35,000 new articles are
indexed each day according to any simple or complex set of rules, resulting
in focused coverage on any topic. New sources can be added on request in a
matter of hours, ensuring the most up-to-date coverage.
Source: Moreover Technologies, San Francisco, 415/989-0600; http://www.moreover.com.
Thomson ISI ResearchSoft Releases EndNote Version 7
Thomson ISI ResearchSoft announced the release of a major upgrade to its
EndNote bibliographic management software. EndNote 7 delivers new types
of bibliographies, flexible image handling, and connectivity to explore and
mobilize reference collections.
With EndNote's new Subject Bibliography, users can save steps when creating
a bibliography with topic headings. For example, they can select the field "Author" to
view a bibliography organized by author headings.
EndNote also allows users to insert a figure or table anywhere in a Microsoft
Word document. They can now search their EndNote libraries for images to place
within the text or create figure and table lists at the end of the document,
depending on their presentation or publisher requirements.
Users are now able to create bibliographies with StarOffice, OpenOffice,
AppleWorks, FrameMaker, and more. EndNote 7 scans RTF documents containing
temporary EndNote citations and instantly creates a bibliography.
Other features allow users to export files in XML format and move EndNote
references to data-visualization tools.
Source: Thomson ISI ResearchSoft, Carlsbad, CA, 760/438-5526; http://www.isiresearchsoft.com.
Germany Launches Portal to Scientific Information
vascoda, a partnership of 37 German libraries, research centers, and academic
information providers, has announced the release of www.vascoda.de,
an interdisciplinary Web portal. The service will make scientific literature
and information accessible to the public.
Designed as a central access gateway, vascoda delivers a multidisciplinary
mix of scientific information products and services in one user interface.
The majority of the information offered via vascoda is free of charge. However,
fee-based information such as publishers' offers and commercial databases is
provided through a pay-per-view model. Existing subscriptions to electronic
journals can be continued with the publisher or information provider.
Source: vascoda, Hanover, Germany, 011-49-511-762-3485; http://www.vascoda.de.
Inmagic Integrates XML Support into DB/TextWorks
Inmagic, Inc. has announced the addition of XML support within its DB/TextWorks
Inmagic's XML-based products allow customers to edit such documents as online
validation lists over the Web. The upcoming release of DB/Text for Libraries
6.0, which runs on the DB/TextWorks platform, utilizes XML to provide corporate
end users with direct Web access to account information and self-service features
like self-renewal and checkout.
In addition, DB/Text WebPublisher PRO uses SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol),
a standard that allows for the exchange of information in a decentralized,
Source: Inmagic, Inc., Woburn, MA, 781/938-4444; http://www.inmagic.com.
Advanced Technology Libraries Chooses ebrary
ebrary announced that Advanced Technology Libraries (AT/L) is now using its
service to provide librarians with freely viewable online access to AT/L digital
archives.Available at http://www.advancedtechnologylibraries.com, the initiative
offers archives of important industry news and allows Advanced Technology Libraries
to promote print subscriptions online.
ebrary provides a platform for securely distributing newsletters, magazines,
and other publications online in an environment that maintains the exact appearance
of the print editions. With ebrary InfoTools, readers can access relevant information
and resources from within AT/L publications and on the Web by selecting words.
ebrary also delivers full-text search within and across documents, bookmarks,
highlighting, automatic citations, and more.
Advanced Technology Libraries offers a concise monthly review of information
technology that's relevant to libraries, including integrated library systems;
the latest electronic products; and online services for public, academic, and
Source: ebrary, Palo Alto, CA, 650/475-8700; http://www.ebrary.com.
AuriQ Systems Unveils RTmetrics
AuriQ Systems, Inc., a real-time e-business analytics provider, has announced
the release of RTmetrics, a new approach to optimizing online campaigns.
RTmetrics is a business solution for measuring Web activities in real-time
using a rules-based engine for reporting and analysis. According to the announcement,
this scalable, third-generation enterprise-level solution eliminates the need
to direct and analyze traditional log files to create management reporting.
RTmetrics provides online capture of e-business initiative results, including
opt-ins, Web site performance, marketing on the Web, hop-links and affiliates,
e-mail campaigns, and wireless and PDA access points.
Customers can use RTmetrics to optimize their Web-based business strategies.
The solution is network- and applications-independent, which allows it to provide
site-performance reporting the same day it's installed. In addition, the information,
reporting, and analysis obtained through RTmetrics optimizes online and e-mail
campaigns by delivering proactive views of consumer reactions to multiple marketing
channels and campaign approaches.
Source: AuriQ Systems, Inc., Pasadena, CA, 626/564-2781; http://www.auriq.com.
West Releases My Account
West has announced the release of My Account, a free online service
that presents broad, real-time information about a customer's business relationship
with West in a secure setting on west.thomson.com. The service enables customers
to view their account balances and invoices, change addresses and account information,
make payments, generate Westlaw invoices and reports, view order status and
returns, and manage their Westlaw passwords.
My Account is being made available this summer to customers in mid-size and
large law firms, corporations, state and local government agencies, and
Source: West, Eagan, MN, 651/848-9222; http://www.west.thomson.com.