Information Today
Volume17, Number 2 • February 2000
Ovid Announces Books@Ovid, OpenLinks Toolkit

Ovid Technologies, Inc. has announced a new content product, Books@Ovid, which is the follow-up to its Journals@Ovid product. In a separate news release, Ovid announced a new software product, Ovid OpenLinks Toolkit, to enhance the value of customers’ Ovid bibliographic database subscriptions.

With a focus on medical, nursing, and drug-related content, Books@Ovid is a database containing electronic versions of important reference textbooks from multiple publishers, all aggregated and integrated under a single search engine and interface developed specifically to search, retrieve, browse, and display book content.

As of now, Books@Ovid features 14 titles from two publishers: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) and McGraw-Hill. The database is expected to grow substantially in coming months, with the addition of dozens more text reference titles from LWW and other publishers. Ovid reports that it is also working out an agreement with Oxford University Press for the Oxford Textbook of Medicine and other OUP medical reference works. By the end of this year Ovid expects to have 35 definitive text references available via Books@Ovid.

As with Journals@Ovid, Books@Ovid customers can subscribe to any number of individual book titles in the database, title by title. Books@Ovid is a Web-based product and is available exclusively via Ovid Online.

Nine LWW titles will be available with the initial release of Books@Ovid. These titles offer a cross section of general medicine, nursing, and pharmacy, including Kelley’s Textbook of Internal Medicine, third edition, a best-selling general reference; Nettina’s The Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice, sixth edition; and Carpenito’s Nursing Care Plans and Documentation.

According to the announcement, forthcoming Books@Ovid titles published by LWW will provide detailed and definitive coverage of medical specialties. Topol’s Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, Yamada’s Textbook of Gastroenterology, Greenfield’s Principles and Practice of Surgery, and many others are scheduled for addition to Books@Ovid early this year. Also available will be Griffith’s 5-Minute Clinical Consult 2000 by Mark R. Dambro, the best-selling annual publication for quick reference and review in the clinical setting.

Five volumes in McGraw-Hill’s “Currents” series are also available with the launch of Books@Ovid: Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment, Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Cardiology, Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Gastroenterology, Current Pediatric Diagnosis and Treatment, and Current Obstetric and Gynecologic Diagnosis and Treatment.

Books@Ovid offers many searching and navigation features to end-users. Users can cross search many titles—by title, author, subject, or keyword—under a single interface, and move freely between different texts to locate essential facts without losing their place. Books@Ovid also offers all of the high-quality photographs and illustrations in the print versions—both thumbnail and full size.

Several of the electronic textbooks in Books@Ovid will be updated as frequently as four times a year. As textbooks are updated more frequently in the future, Ovid will work with publishers to load those updates.

OpenLinks Toolkit
Ovid OpenLinks Toolkit enables customers to integrate Ovid and non-Ovid resources by creating links from Ovid bibliographic database records to specific journal articles on publisher Web sites. To simplify the link creation process for customers, Ovid has teamed up with several top scientific publishers to offer, as part of the Toolkit, pre-configured link definitions for their full-text articles. Link definitions for Academic Press (IDEAL), the American Institute of Physics, CatchWord, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Springer-Verlag, and others will be included in the product, available for purchase early this year.

Ovid president and CEO Debbie Hull hailed the new approach to external full-text linking, while noting the important distinctions between OpenLinks and Ovid’s aggregated full-text database, Journals@Ovid. “Our customers love the fact that Journals@Ovid and Ovid’s full-text collections are 100-percent searchable, aggregated under one interface, and linked extensively with other Ovid resources. But sometimes they also need journal titles from publishers that provide their own online electronic full-text services and have not licensed their content to a full-text aggregator like Ovid. The Open Links Toolkit allows our customers to have the best of both worlds.”

Ovid’s OpenLinks Toolkit gives Ovid customers a customizable way to integrate Ovid bibliographic databases with full-text content from other sources. With Ovid OpenLinks, sites negotiate external full-text subscriptions, access, and pricing directly with publishers. Sites can then use the Toolkit to define their own links from Ovid bibliographic database records to full-text journal articles at publisher sites, or they can use the pre-configured link definitions for popular full-text targets that are provided with the Toolkit.

The OpenLinks Toolkit allows extensive site-specific customization. Sites can define OpenLinks on a per-database, per-publisher basis and can define multiple full-text publisher links for each database. Links can be further customized for each journal based on available electronic full text, ensuring that links appear only for specified years of coverage. Additionally, sites can implement different links for different user populations, which is particularly useful for multi-institution sites and consortia.

“When designing this product we had several goals,” said Dana Johnson, head of Ovid’s OpenLinks development team. “We wanted our solution to be open, so customers could make their own links to the resources important to them, or use our pre-configured links. We also wanted to make our links software-based, so that as the volume of full text to link grows, our solution will scale. Our OpenLinks Toolkit succeeds on both counts. We provide templates to popular full-text targets along with flexible tools for custom link creation. And, unlike many other production-based linking solutions on the market, once defined, OpenLinks are immediately available, always up-to-date, and there’s no coordination with database updates required.”

Publishers interested in pre-configuring links to their full-text Web sites from Ovid databases via the OpenLinks Toolkit should contact Leslie Hawke, Ovid’s associate director of publisher relations, at 212/563-3006, ext. 374, or via e-mail at

Source: Ovid Technologies, Inc., New York, 212/563-3006; Fax: 212/563-3784;

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