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Information Today

Vol. 21 No. 2 — February 2004

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Ingenta Launches New Service, Designs Web Site

Ingenta announced that it has launched a unified alerting service and has developed Oxford Scholarship Online ( with Oxford University Press.

Unified Alerting Service

Ingenta's unified alerting service searches and delivers alerts across all of the content available via and, including 6,100 electronic full-text and 20,000 fax and Ariel-formatted titles.

Managed from a single Web interface, the service is available via institutional or individual user license. The new administration module enables librarians to view the number of people registered as well as add and delete users.

Oxford Scholarship Online

Oxford Scholarship Online is a new Web resource that brings 700 humanities and social sciences books online for the first time. Ingenta's team of designers developed the functionality and interface design to operate Oxford Scholarship Online. The project integrates the original 700 books and an extra 200 titles a year with other online resources.

Source: Ingenta, Cambridge, MA, 617/395-4000;

IEEE Enhances IEEE Xplore, Signs FEDLINK Agreement

IEEE announced that it has added new search tools and cover-to-cover editorial materials to its newly enhanced IEEE Xplore online interface. The organization also signed an agreement that will allow U.S. government customers to order IEEE online collections via FEDLINK.

IEEE Xplore Upgrade

Enhanced search features that employ Verity, Inc.'s K2 search technology form the core new functionality of IEEE Xplore 1.6. Search terms are now highlighted in all results, and a new feature allows secondary searches to be conducted within the results of primary searches.

Starting with material published in 2004, IEEE will include cover-to-cover content in IEEE Xplore for select periodicals. For the first time, users will see links in issue tables of contents for such items as letters to the editor, editorial boards, and calls for papers.

FEDLINK Agreement

FEDLINK serves federal libraries and information centers as their purchasing, training, and resource-sharing consortium. As the business subsidiary of the Library of Congress' Federal Library and Information Center Committee, FEDLINK supports FLICC's mission to foster excellence in federal library and information services through interagency cooperation.

Source: IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, 732/981-0060;

ITI Releases New Version of Fulltext Sources Online

Information Today, Inc. announced the release of the January 2004 edition of Fulltext Sources Online (FSO), a comprehensive directory of periodicals that are accessible online in full text through more than 25 aggregators.

FSO, which is published twice a year in January and July, features more than 21,000 titles organized alphabetically. Each entry lists the aggregator and the databases that contain the publication online in full text along with dates of coverage. Separate indexes for subject, language, and location searches are included. Subscribers to FSO also receive access to the "Private Zone," a hyperlinked list of those publications that offer free archives online.

Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 609/654-6266;

EBSCO Expands Springer-Verlag Agreement, Offers New Database

EBSCO Publishing announced that it has expanded its license agreement with publisher Springer-Verlag. The company also announced that H.W. Wilson's Art Index Retrospective: 1929–1984 database is now available via EBSCOhost.

Springer-Verlag Agreement

The agreement with Springer-Verlag will bring the full text of 187 journals to the EBSCOhost online databases, including the Academic Search and Business Source product lines. It also allows EBSCO to electronically distribute Springer's journal content to educational institutions, libraries, and other research facilities around the world.

Newly included are journals such as Animal Cognition, Clinical & Experimental Medicine, Decisions in Economics & Finance, European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Trauma, and Heart & Vessels.

Art Database

Art Index Retrospective: 1929­1984 covers more than 55 years of art journalism from nearly 600 publications. It includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins and also features publications in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. The database offers many document types such as feature articles, interviews, film reviews, book reviews, bibliographies, and exhibition listings.

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

Engineering Information Launches Database on Engineering Village 2

Elsevier Engineering Information has launched the U.S. National Technical Information Service (NTIS) database on Engineering Village 2, a Web-based discovery platform for the engineering community. The NTIS database is a source for accessing unclassified reports from hundreds of U.S. and international government agencies.

Engineering Village 2 now allows subscribers to search three engineering databases simultaneously. By searching the NTIS database combined with Compendex and Inspec, users have access to a comprehensive collection of engineering references. In addition to the full-text linking currently offered on Engineering Village 2, the NTIS database provides links to the NTIS document ordering service to help facilitate the process of requesting government documents electronically.

Source: Elsevier Engineering Information, Hoboken, NJ, 201/356-6800;

Dialog Upgrades NewsEdge

Dialog Corp. announced a series of upgrades to Dialog NewsEdge, its industry-specific, personalized current-awareness and news-alerting service for corporations. According to the company, the improvements will facilitate information sharing within subscribing organizations.

The upgrades include improved methods for printing, saving, and sharing multiple delivered and retrieved documents. In addition, the new "shared user" feature allows multiple users within an organization to access document sets without the potential for disrupting automated, ongoing search queries set up and managed by a single authorized user. According to the announcement, users can also highlight search terms within retrieved documents, enabling them to more quickly judge the relevance of articles and reports.

Source: Dialog Corp., Cary, NC, 919/462-8600;

FIND/SVP, Empire Media Announce Alliance

FIND/SVP, Inc., a provider of business advisory, research, and consulting services, and Empire Media, Inc., a media and marketing company, announced a joint venture in which FIND/SVP's staff of industry experts will provide select Trend Reports and analysis as content for Empire's magazine and interactive properties.

FIND/SVP's premium content will appear as a special section of Empire, a bimonthly magazine of business innovation produced by Empire Media. This content will include Trend Reports in a variety of business sectors as well as information gathered from FIND/SVP's database of business intelligence and custom analytics. As part of the agreement, Empire will also be distributed to select FIND/SVP clients.

In addition, FIND/SVP will provide separate insights prepared by its industry experts for Empire Wire, an electronic newsletter distributed to entrepreneurs nationwide. Research will also appear regularly in the Investor Intelligence Network, a product of Empire's oneFN subsidiary. The network transmits alerts directly to investors' desktops via Empire's proprietary Slideup technology.

Source: FIND/SVP, Inc., New York, 212/645-4500;

Ovid Unveils PayPerView Service

Ovid announced the availability of its new PayPerView service. It enables researchers, clinicians, and students to buy full-text articles from Ovid's journal collection when their institutions have not purchased the rights to access those journals. PayPerView also extends Ovid's reach to offer medical and health sciences content to non-Ovid subscribers.

With PayPerView, users can purchase full-text journal articles from Ovid's bibliographic databases, Journals@Ovid database, and article reference links. This service is available on both the Ovid and SilverPlatter platforms.

In addition, non-Ovid users can for the first time purchase full text through external resources such as PubMed and Microsoft Office System 2003. Once a user has located a bibliographic citation from a journal, he or she will have the option to select a "buy now" link. Upon credit card authorization, a link to the selected article is immediately e-mailed to the user. Each article will remain accessible for 24 hours.

Source: Ovid, New York, 646/674-6300;

Alacritude Announces Agreement with Thomson Gale

Alacritude announced that it has signed an agreement with Thomson Gale to enhance its eLibrary online news-article archive.

With the addition of Thomson Gale's content, eLibrary provides access to more than 28 million documents from 2,600 sources—a collection of articles that dates back 20 years. Sources in eLibrary include newspapers, periodicals, newsletters, directories, and transcripts from television and radio stations (including cable television companies).

The new titles include popular publications such as (London) Daily Telegraph, Esquire, Newsweek, Variety, and Town & Country as well as specialty publications such as American Journal of Health Sciences, Business Economics, Chemical Week, Home Business Report, Information Week, Pediatrics, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Women's Wear Daily, and The Yale Law Journal.

Source: Alacritude, Chicago, 312/782-3900;

ATLA Introduces ATLA Preservation Program Catalog Online

The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) has announced the introduction of its new ATLA Preservation Program Catalog Online (APCAT). This database resource includes more than 32,000 entries of the extensive monograph and serial titles preserved during the past 50 years of the association's preservation activities. APCAT, which is available for free at, allows the user to search by multiple search fields, download and/or print citations, and directly order microfilm or microfiche from the collections.

Source: American Theological Library Association, Chicago, 312/454-5100;

CISTI Launches Secure Desktop Delivery

CISTI has announced the launch of Secure Desktop Delivery, a new document delivery method that allows an organization to deliver copyright-cleared documents to its customers in electronic format. This service is based on a system that effectively prevents redistribution, copying, and storage of documents through the use of a customized Acrobat Reader plug-in.

Currently, more than half of CISTI's collection can be supplied using SDD as the delivery method. Documents that are not covered will be delivered by an alternate method that has been selected by the end user.

Source: CISTI, Ottawa, 613/998-8544;

CSA Licenses Earthquake Engineering Abstracts

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) announced that researchers who investigate earthquake engineering and earthquake hazard mitigation will be able to access Earthquake Engineering Abstracts through CSA's Internet Database Service (IDS). The National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering at the University of California­Berkeley has reached an agreement to license the database to CSA and distribute it through IDS.

Earthquake Engineering Abstracts provides comprehensive, authoritative coverage of relevant disciplines, including engineering seismology, soil dynamics, structural dynamics, earthquake-resistant design and analysis, performance-based seismic engineering, geotechnical earthquake engineering, risk and reliability seismic engineering, and disaster planning. It contains more than 104,000 abstracts and citations of journal, conference, and monographic literature published throughout the world since 1971.

Source: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Bethesda, MD, 301/961-6761;

CAS Rolls Out STN Express Analysis Edition

Chemical Abstracts Service announced the release of STN Express with Discover! Analysis Edition (version 7.0). According to the announcement, this tool will help information professionals see the big picture when they search and retrieve information from the world's scientific and technical literature and patents. Along with the new 2-Dimensional Analyze Wizard, version 7.0 also introduces tools for chemical structure analysis and assistance in query development with the CA Lexicon.

"With STN Express Analysis Edition, we have made a significant advance in the information professional's ability to gain not just information but insight from search results," said Suzan A. Brown, CAS's vice president of marketing and sales. "These analysis and visualization tools bring structure to the vast amount of information drawn from scientific literature and patent records in STN files."

Source: Chemical Abstracts Service, Columbus, OH, 614/447-3731;

Elsevier, Really Strategies Develop New System

Elsevier's Health Sciences Division and Really Strategies announced the launch of a new editorial and production system for Elsevier's pharmaceutical reference Mosby's Drug Consult.

Really Strategies was retained by Elsevier to replace a legacy system that stored, managed, and delivered Mosby's Drug Consult pharmacologic content. The new platform and technologies used to implement this system were based on standards defined by Elsevier.

The joint project team undertook an analysis of the legacy system to document system capabilities, improve editorial work flow, and create an XML repository of drug information. According to the announcement, the resulting system has allowed Elsevier to more easily update and maintain the complex drug content while streamlining its XML delivery.

Source: Really Strategies, Lansdale, PA, 215/631-3107;

NPG, AfCS Announce New Publication

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and the Alliance for Cellular Signaling (AfCS) announced the launch of AfCS-Nature Molecule Pages
(, a new scientific publication.

AfCS's ultimate goal is to create a "virtual cell," a computer simulation of cellular behavior that's close enough to the real thing to reliably predict the responses to treatments and drugs that have yet to be tried in the laboratory or clinic. The Molecule Pages enable a collaborative approach to scientific information sharing and represent another step toward the creation of a virtual cell.

Source: Nature Publishing Group, New York, 212/726-9200;

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