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Volume 18, Issue 6 ó June 2001
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Bell & Howell Releases ERIC PlusText Database

Bell & Howell Information and Learning has announced that it has released ERICPlusText, a new online database that will serve researchers in virtually every aspectof education, including adult education, disabilities and gifted education, educational management, reading and communication, and more.

The new Web-based resource delivers abstracting and indexing for over 1 million documents and journal articles from the U.S. National Library of Educationís ERIC database, the most widely used index to educational literature in the world. ERIC PlusText also includes full text and/or full image for over 260 of the indexed publications. Index coverage extends from 1966 to the present; full text, from 1996.

ERIC PlusText incorporates the National Library of Educationís Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors, with more than 10,000 main headings and cross-references for consistent classification and precision searching. In addition, researchers can rely on drop-down menus and a saved-search capability to help them navigate the database.

According to the announcement, users will gain immediate, seamless access to full text and/or full image from key titles, including Assessment, Arts Education Policy Review, College and University, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of Educational Research, Journal of Special Education, Urban Education, and many others. Information is delivered through the ProQuest interface, designed for both sophisticated and novice users.

Source: Bell & Howell Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 800/521-0600, 734/761-4700;

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