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Volume 19, Issue 4 — April 2002
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EBSCO Publishing Announces New Database, EBSCOhost Additions

EBSCO Publishing has announced that EBSCO Canada has combined the contents of three major literary reference series with book reviews, essays, works of literary criticism, author biographies, and current periodical articles to form the new Canadian Literary Centre database. The company has also announced that the Business Source: Corporate and Biomedical Reference Collection: Corporate Edition databases have been added to EBSCOhost along with links to PubMed and The British Library.

Canadian Literary Centre
The three reference series that comprise Canadian Literary Centre include The Annotated Bibliography of Canada's Major Authors, an eight-volume set that provides access to primary and secondary author information, complete annotations on all secondary information, an index of critics listed, and an extensive list of audiovisual materials available for an author; the Canadian Fiction Series, 32 books each referring to a major Canadian author; and Canadian Writers and Their Works, a 24-volume set organized chronologically with individual essays on 120 authors, covering both poets and fiction writers.

Other book reviews, essays, works of literary criticism, and author biographies can be found from sources such as ECW's Biographical Guide to Canadian Novelists, ECW's Biographical Guide to Canadian Poets, George Woodcock's Introduction to Canadian Fiction, George Woodcock's Introduction to Canadian Poetry, and the Canadian Biography Series. Canadian Literary Centre also contains periodical content that focuses on Canadian literature, including Essays on Canadian Writing, Booksin Canada, Quill & Quire, and the University of Toronto Quarterly.

Corporate Databases
According to the announcement, Business Source: Corporate and the Biomedical Reference Collection: Corporate Edition provide unique content on a variety of subjects to satisfy the needs of business professionals, research and development groups, and any other information user in a competitive business environment.

Business Source: Corporate contains more than 2,700 full-text publications ranging from general periodicals such as Fortune, Red Herring, and Fast Company to trade publications, includingAmerican Banker, Chemical Week, and Electronic Business. It also features top management journals such as Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and California Management Review. Additional sources of content include country economic reports from EIU, WEFA, ICON Group, and Country Watch.

The Biomedical Reference Collection: Corporate Edition provides managers and clinical researchers in industries such as bio-pharmaceutical, medical device manufacturing, biogenetics, and consumer health with access to over 600 full-text journals. The journals include American Surgeon, American Journal of Public Health, BMJ: British Medical Journal, Annals of Human Biology, American Journal of Human Genetics, and others that cover disciplines such as biomedicine, health sciences, the healthcare system, and pre-clinical sciences. All full-text journals contained in the database are indexed in MEDLINE or CINAHL.

PubMed Link
An agreement between EBSCO Publishing and PubMed, the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) biomedical literature database, has enabled EBSCO to provide full text for PubMed. Eligible users can link from PubMed records to corresponding full text in EBSCOhost biomedical databases, including the Biomedical Reference Collections and Nursing & Allied Health Collections.

EBSCO Publishing also offers complete LinkOut setup assistance—a PubMed feature that provides links from PubMed bibliographic records to relevant Web-accessible online resources—and further technical support to libraries that want to represent their EBSCO holdings in PubMed. This allows seamless linking from PubMed to corresponding articles in those EBSCOhost full-text databases to which a library subscribes. Some administrative maintenance is necessary if libraries want only active links to appear to their users. However, EBSCO can facilitate this linking so libraries will not need to enter and maintain information pertaining to their EBSCO subscription on their own.

EBSCO Publishing's setup assistance and technical support will be limited to EBSCOhost full-text databases. Libraries willing to establish links to other information providers will have to use the Library LinkOut File Submission Utility provided by NLM and contact the PubMed LinkOut team for further assistance.

The British Library
The British Library's ArticlesDirect service is intended for individuals and organizations with only an occasional need for documents and who prefer the simplicity of ordering articles without registration. ArticlesDirect will soon be followed by the release of ARTWeb, The British Library's document order form for registered customers.

The links to document delivery services are made available via EBSCOadmin, so each library can decide if ArticlesDirect is an appropriate service to offer to its end-users. Once activated, this functionality works similarly to other EBSCO ILS links. Libraries can choose to display links to The British Library on every applicable search result or only when full text is not available. At the library's discretion, the system could look for full text in EBSCOhost databases, e-journal collections, and other local holdings prior to alerting a user to the fact that an article can be purchased via any of the affiliated document delivery services.

Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726, 978/356-6500;

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