Product News and Reviews
Hoover's Online Expands U.K., Canadian Offerings
Hoover's, Inc. announced the expansion of its offerings in the U.K. and Canada.
Hoover's has introduced a new U.K. service featuring access to company records,
including more than 4,000 from Hoover's and 1.7 million from D&B U.K. In
addition, Canada is now marketing Hoover's comprehensive, in-depth business
intelligence on more than 2,300 public and private Canadian enterprises.
Depending on subscription level, the new Hoover's Online U.K. service provides
customers with access to the following:
560,000 in-depth, downloadable D&B U.K. company records
D&B's international database, including coverage on approximately
60,000 non-U.S./non-U.K. companies
Hoover's list-building tools
Source: Hoover's Inc., Austin, TX, (512) 374-4500; http://www.hoovers.com.
Readex Creates Archive of Americana
Readex has announced the creation of a Web-based Archive of Americana, featuring
fully text-searchable facsimile images. This new resource, comprising four
major primary source collections, provides online access to America's printed
The cornerstone of the Archive of Americana is Early American Imprints, Series
I: Evans, based on Charles Evans' American Bibliography. This collection
contains nearly every book, pamphlet, and broadside published in America from
1639 to 1800. Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker continues
the Evans bibliography and includes books, pamphlets, and broadsides published
in America between 1801 and 1819.
Complementing Early American Imprints is Early American Newspapers (16901876),
based on Charles Brigham's History and Bibliography of American Newspapers.
The largest collection of its kind, Early American Newspapers presents cover-to-cover
reproductions of hundreds of rare newspapers and millions of issues.
The fourth collection in the Readex Archive of Americana is the U.S. Congressional
Serial Set (18171980) with American State Papers (17891838). Revealing
events as they unfolded and decisions as they were made, these volumes of the
U.S. Senate and House of Representatives also include color maps, illustrations,
and non-congressional publications.
Source: Readex, Naples, FL, (802) 875-2910; http://www.readex.com.
Dialog Enhances Dialog DataStar
Dialog announced that it has completed a series of enhancements to its family
of Dialog DataStar services that help users better focus the search process,
be alerted to relevant new content, and integrate research into their work
"Our users around the world rely on Dialog DataStar for critical research
across a spectrum of business functions, from product development to regulatory
compliance," said Cynthia Murphy, Dialog senior vice president of strategic
marketing. "We are committed to a program of continuous improvement to the
Enhancements to Dialog DataStar include the following:
New post-processing tools, available on Dialog DataStarWeb
and Dialog DataStarClassic
Thesaurus upgrade, available on Dialog DataStarWeb
News alert delivery tracker, available on all versions of Dialog
Multiple file alerting, available on the Dialog DataStarWeb
Source: Dialog Corp., Cary, NC, (919) 462-8600; http://www.dialog.com.
ISI Web of Knowledge Offers Biological Abstracts
Thomson announced that Biological Abstracts is now available on the ISI Web
of Knowledge. Covering every life sciences discipline, Biological Abstracts
offers essential journal literaturewith more than 8 million archival
records dating back to 1969.
The ISI Web of Knowledge allows users to access, analyze, and manage research
information; it also integrates journal and patent literature, Web content,
evaluation tools, and bibliographic management products. The ISI Web of Knowledge
now offers new personalization features for authors, more sophisticated search
tools for researchers, a more intuitive interface, streamlined integration
capabilities, and new journal analysis tools for libraries. When accessed on
the ISI Web of Knowledge, Biological Abstracts will be enhanced with value-added
features and functionality, including new citation data.
Biological Abstract's BIOSIS indexing provides consistent term assignment
to lead users directly to items of interest. The use of CAS registry numbers
and MeSH disease headings offers users access to the current life sciences
research literature through well-known, controlled vocabularies. The assignment
of both common and formal taxomonic terms and controlled drug action terms,
applied in conjunction with the original author's abstract, allows users to
retrieve organism data without knowing the author's original term.
Source: Thomson Scientific, Philadelphia, (215) 386-0100; http://www.thomsonscientific.com.
NewsGator Online Edition Free to Consumers
NewsGator Technologies, Inc. announced that a new version of NewsGator Online
will be free to consumers at http://www.newsgator.com. NewsGator has added
a number of innovations to its existing Web-based aggregator, and users can
now track all their RSS and newsfeeds online at no charge.
New features and functions in the updated Online platform include the following:
Per-Post Rating System
Smart Feed Enhancements
The free edition also includes subscription synchronization capabilities
with NewsGator Outlook Edition.
NewsGator Online Premium Services are also available on a monthly subscription
basis and start at $5.95 per user. Features include:
Mobile Edition, E-Mail Edition, and Media Center Edition
Source: NewsGator Technologies, Denver, (303) 683-0506; http://www.newsgator.com.
EBSCO Adds Functionality, Content
EBSCO Publishing announced the addition of Searchable Cited References to
the EBSCOhost version of CINAHL. The company also announced the addition
of PsycEXTRA to EBSCOhost.
Searchable Cited References
Searchable Cited References provide a means for extending research by allowing
users to locate additional information related to an article of interest. This
functionality lets users link directly from a particular article to other articles
cited in the bibliography of the original article. It also allows users to
link directly from a particular article to other articles in the database that
cite the original article.
Searchable Cited References can be used to augment more traditional approaches
to literature searching; as tools to analyze research activity; to identify
original publications in which an idea or concept was discussed; to compare
user behavior today with user behavior several years ago; to trace the chronology
of events, relationships among them, and their relative importance; to provide
access to interdisciplinary literature; and to reveal papers relevant to a
subject not found by using conventional indexes.
The addition of PsycEXTRA enhances the existing collection of psychology
and behavioral sciences databases available via EBSCOhost by providing
coverage of relevant topics from a unique perspective. Aside from access via
the American Psychological Association's (APA) PsycNet platform, this database
will only be available via the EBSCOhost interface.
Produced by APA, PsycEXTRA serves as a companion database to PsycINFO, also
available via EBSCOhost. PsycEXTRA consists of gray literature, including
document types such as technical reports, conference abstracts and papers,
newsletters, magazines, newspapers, consumer brochures, and more. This information
includes publications issued by government agencies, private research institutes,
psychology labs, corporations, scientific societies, and others. The database
currently indexes approximately 45,000 records with full text provided for
more than 22,000 of them. APA plans to add more than 30,000 additional records
each year, with corresponding full text for many of them.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, (978) 356-6500; http://www.ebsco.com.
CrossRef Adds New Services, Expands to New Content Areas
CrossRef now has more than 700 participating publishers and societies and
is adding an average of 9,000 DOIs per day to its system.
Of the more than 12 million DOIs now registered with CrossRef, 850,000-plus
are assigned to books and conference proceedings. CrossRef recently began offering
discounted registration for components (such as figures and images) and multiple
entries in large reference works. It has also moved to admit other types of
original research content such as working papers.
Among the organizations that joined CrossRef in recent months are GeoScience
World, Social Science Research Network, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute,
and the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.
Source: CrossRef, Lynnfield, MA, (781) 295-0072; http://www.crossref.org.
Blackwell's Adopts OpenURL Standard
Blackwell's Book Services has implemented the OpenURL standard in its Collection
With the OpenURL standard in place, libraries can seamlessly connect to a
variety of online resources (such as WorldCat, book review databases, Blackwell's
Online Bookshop, or the library's own interlibrary loan service) by designating
or identifying the libraries link resolver in their Collection Manager preferences.
Linking from Collection Manager to a union catalog without a link resolver
is also supported in some cases, depending on the URL structure of the union
"Our customers told us that they wanted a seamless way to access additional
bibliographic content to assist in purchasing decisions," said Dan Miller,
Blackwell's electronic services consultant. "And with OpenURL access to the
full richness of Web content, they are finding resources to use in their collection
development decision making that they never had access to before."
Blackwell's joins a number of library suppliers in adopting the OpenURL standard.
Hundreds of library databases now support the OpenURL standard, and more than
a thousand institutions use link resolvers, benefiting library staff and patrons
by expanding the number of resources available to them.
Source: Blackwell's Book Services, Lake Oswego, OR, (503) 684-1140; http://www.blackwell.com.
Access Innovations Receives Patent
Access Innovations announced that it has been issued a patent by the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office for its MAI Lib software system.
MAI Lib automates the process of adding Library of Congress subject headings
(LCSH) to documents stored in electronic databases and archives, which enhances
the accuracy of searching those information reservoirs to retrieve targeted
articles, reports, and other materials.
"We believe that our MAI Lib system is a significant step in the field of
information management," said Marjorie M. K. Hlava, Access Innovations chairman. "For
the first time, we are giving managers of electronic information resources
the ability to combine the pre-coordinate system of cataloging done by libraries
with the indexing systems used in the electronic information arena. Our system
gives a new power to information managers to leverage their information assets."
The new MAI Lib system works by turning unstructured data into structured
information assets that are identified and categorized by widely accepted LCSH
and can be used for any number of business or research purposes.
Following detailed standards set in Marc 21 and the Anglo-American Cataloging
Rules, MAI Lib incorporates the entire 208,000-term set of LCSH with tools
to combine headings.
Source: Access Innovations, Inc., Albuquerque, NM, (505) 998-0800;
Thomson ResearchSoft, SCIPROOF Announce Marketing Agreement
Thomson ResearchSoft and SCIPROOF, LLC announced a collaboration focused
on SCIPROOF's flagship product, sciPROOF. Under the agreement, ResearchSoft
will co-market sciPROOF worldwide to researchers in academic and government
institutions as well as the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The
companies are also exploring work flow between their respective products to
increase productivity for scientific researchers.
"We are pleased to offer the proofing capabilities of sciPROOF to our customers
who conduct scientific research and publish manuscripts," said David Kochalko,
president of Thomson ResearchSoft. "We have an ongoing commitment to deliver
solutions that advance writing and publishing, and sciPROOF is the latest example
of the kinds of innovative products we believe will benefit our users."
"By enhancing the standard proofreading features common in word processing
software, sciPROOF complements the research and writing tools EndNote, Reference
Manager, and ProCite," said Thomas E. Perrin, president of SCIPROOF. "As the
market leader, ResearchSoft is our ideal partner, and this marketing agreement
will introduce sciPROOF to millions of its customers."
Source: Thomson ResearchSoft, Philadelphia, (215) 386-2911; http://www.isiresearchsoft.com.
WSJ.com Offers The Morning Brief
The Wall Street Journal Online at WSJ.com announced the launch of The Morning
Brief, a daily e-mail that provides analysis of the past day's news (as seen
by a variety of media and other outlets) along with breaking overnight news.
The Morning Brief will be distributed to subscribers and posted on the site
weekdays at approximately 6:30 a.m. (EST). The primary focus will be business
and finance and will also include highlights from world news. The e-mail will
go beyond the WSJ's take on the top stories and will include links to
a variety of online news sources.
"Building on the success of The Afternoon Report, our goal is to provide Online
Journal subscribers an early-morning look at news of the past day, so they
will know the collective intelligence of the market based on information from The
Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, as well as other newspapers
and online news services," said Bill Grueskin, managing editor of The Wall
Street Journal Online. "And like The Afternoon Report, The Morning Brief delivers
the content, insight, and analysis that Online Journal subscribers have come
to expect in a convenient, summarized format."
Subscribers can sign up for the new e-mail delivery service or view The Morning
Brief by following E-Mail Setup links on the home page. They can also go to
Source: Dow Jones & Co., New York, (212) 416-2000; http://www.dowjones.com.