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Vol. 21 No. 6 — June 2004

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Thomson Gale Expands Spanish-Language Resources, Introduces New Collection

Thomson Gale announced that it has expanded its Spanish-language resources to include a new series of fiction and nonfiction titles in large print for Spanish-speaking readers. The company also announced the launch of Corbis Images for Education.

Spanish-Language Program

The new Spanish-language series, produced by Thomson Gale imprint Thorndike Press, provides a mix of fiction genres, including New York Times bestsellers and romance titles.

The Thorndike Press titles are part of Thomson Gale's overall Spanish-language program, which features a variety of print and electronic reference material. These are offered in a range of subjects, such as arts and literature, biography, business, general reference, geography, history, and languages.

Corbis Images for Education

Corbis Images for Education makes available images that cannot be found in news archives or on the open Web. These can be used in a variety of learning-related applications, including classroom projects and assignments, presentations, lesson plans, Web course work, and other K-12 and higher educational purposes.

Corbis Images for Education contains approximately 400,000 images from Corbis' collections, including more than 200,000 images from the Bettmann Archive, 10,000 images from its Fine Art Collection, and tens of thousands of images from its nature, science, space, and commercial stock archives.

Source: Thomson Gale, Farmington Hills, MI, 248/699-4253;

LexisNexis to Deliver Information via BlackBerry

LexisNexis announced that business professionals can now access its content via the BlackBerry wireless platform.

LexisNexis is the first information provider to offer access to comprehensive full-text news, business, legal, public records, and regulatory and legislative information sources on BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds. Users can receive current news on predefined topics of interest delivered by LexisNexis Publisher. The service will soon be able to proactively search, refine, and edit results sets from more than 14,000 information sources.

Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 937/865-6800;

Information Today, Inc. Releases Two Directories

Information Today, Inc. announced the publication of Information Services Market Place (ISMP): The World Directory of Independent Professionals and the 50th edition of the American Book Trade Directory (ABTD).


ISMP will be released in spring 2005 in both print and electronic formats. The Web version will be available as an annual subscription or on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Independent information professionals, consultants, and companies involved in the information services industry will be entitled to a free listing that features an overview of their business and complete contact details. Logo and advertising placement options will be available as well. Online submission of data and a listing-recruitment campaign will be launched this month.

American Book Trade Directory

First published in 1915, ABTD is a reference guide for library and publishing communities across the U.S. and Canada. It provides information on nearly 30,000 retail and antiquarian book dealers, more than 1,300 wholesalers, and nearly 100 book trade associations.

Organized by state and city, entries include store or company size, specialties, years in business, contact information, and notations for those businesses that handle audiocassettes and other sidelines. Also included in ABTD are graphs that help profile and track the latest trends in the book trade industry.

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

Dialog Expands eLinks, Rolls Out Aerospace Database

Dialog Corp. announced that it has expanded its Dialog eLinks service to facilitate access from its Dialog and Dialog DataStar services to a subscribing organization's collection of electronic journals and other research documents. The company also announced the release of AeroBase, a new database that contains scientific and technical research related to the global aerospace industry.


According to the announcement, Dialog eLinks, designed for information professionals using advanced searching techniques as well as for individuals using guided-search features, help organizations that subscribe to the Dialog and Dialog DataStar services to more efficiently utilize and access their electronic subscriptions.

Previous linking tools available through Dialog and Dialog DataStar have now been combined into a single offering with additional functionality. Dialog has added 32 databases to the roster of those enabled with Dialog eLinks, increasing the total number to 60. More than 140 publishers now make their materials available for linking. They offer more than 11,200 journals, conference proceedings, and other research sources.


The AeroBase database includes references, abstracts, and controlled-vocabulary indexing of scientific and technical journal articles, preprints, conference proceedings, books, theses, and unpublished literature relating to the aerospace and aeronautical industries. At its launch, the database contains more than 20,000 documents, with more to be added monthly.

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

EBSCO Publishing Releases New Database

EBSCO Publishing announced the launch of Hospitality & Tourism Index (HTI), a new bibliographic database that features scholarly research and industry news.

This index combines the records of three collections: Cornell University's former Hospitality database, which was previously unavailable for public use; Articles in Hospitality and Tourism, formerly co-produced by the University of Surrey and Oxford Brookes University; and the Lodging, Restaurant & Tourism Index, formerly produced by Purdue University.

HTI contains more than 440,000 records from 500 titles, with coverage dating to the early 1940s. It offers both domestic and international sources, with material collected from Canada, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Publications include Hotel & Motel Management, Journal of Leisure Research, Nation's Restaurant News, Restaurants & Institutions, and more. Coverage features demographics and statistics, development and investment, and hospitality law.

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

CrossRef Launches CrossRef Search

CrossRef announced the release of CrossRef Search, a new initiative that enables users to search the full text of high-quality, peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, and other resources. It utilizes the collaborative environment of CrossRef and Google search technologies.

CrossRef Search is available to all users, free of charge, on the Web sites of participating publishers. It encompasses current journal issues as well as back files. The results are delivered from the regular Google index but filter out everything except the participating publishers' content. The results will then link to the content on publishers' Web sites via DOIs or regular URLs. CrossRef itself doesn't host any content or perform searches but works behind the scenes with Google to facilitate the crawling of content on publishers' sites. CrossRef sets the policies and guidelines governing publisher participation in the initiative.

The participating publishers are the American Physical Society, Annual Reviews, the Association for Computing Machinery, Blackwell Publishing, Institute of Physics Publishing, International Union of Crystallography, Nature Publishing Group, Oxford University Press, and John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Source: CrossRef, Lynnfield, MA, 781/295-0072;

FIZ Karlsruhe Enhances Conference Information Service

FIZ Karlsruhe announced that it has enhanced and complemented its conference information service for intranets. Users can now choose between three options: CONFnet, a fully searchable database with conference previews extending to 2010; Conference Information Service (CIS), a customized HTML version of CONFnet; or raw data for free use in the corporate intranet. This offer is complemented by CLOU, a free weekly newsletter for CIS users and buyers of raw data.

CONFnet covers all subject areas of science and technology. The database is updated weekly and contains approximately 7,000 conference previews. Relevant information can be found through a concise search mask (such as by using German or English keywords), employing a standardized classification, or searching by country or conference data. No special retrieval language is required.

According to the announcement, the existing CIS was enhanced with user-friendly options. CIS is a subject-related excerpt from CONF that's compiled according to the customer's wishes and is specifically tailored to the information requirements of the respective companies. CIS and CONFnet may either be integrated into corporate intranets or linked to the FIZ Karlsruhe server.

Source: FIZ Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany, 011-49-7247-808-555;

Factiva Adds New Knight Ridder Digital Sources

Factiva announced that it has renewed and extended its publisher relationship with Knight Ridder Digital. New to Factiva's collection are the Monterey County (Calif.) Herald and el Nuevo Herald, Miami's largest Spanish-language newspaper. Through this expanded relationship, Factiva will supply its customers with 31 key U.S. sources, 13 of which are ranked among the top 100 newspapers in the country by circulation.

Source: Factiva, Princeton, NJ, 609/627-2000;

Thomson ISI Unveils BIOSIS Previews 3.0

Thomson ISI announced the release of BIOSIS Previews 3.0. This upgrade includes more than 9 million CAS Registry Numbers, entries to the 1969—1992 data segment, and more than 6,300 sequence data accession numbers.

In addition, every record within the database has been augmented with BIOSIS Major Concepts, more complete taxonomic data, remapped MeSH disease terms and Biosystematic Codes, and streamlined patent indexing to improve retrieval.

Other enhancements designed to make navigating the extensive subject indexing more intuitive include the following:

• Search aids for Organism classifiers, Major Concepts, and Concept Codes

• Individual search fields for each subject index

• An updated design that includes tables in the full records

Source: Thomson ISI, Philadelphia, 215/386-0100;

SiteImprove Introduces New Online Service

SiteImprove announced the launch of SiteArchive, a service that creates a snapshot of a Web site and stores it as an archive. This snapshot contains all documents found in the site, including images, internal links, and the contents of the first page of an external link.

SiteArchive allows users to immediately access archives of live content for future reference via all current Web browsers and online tools. Stored archives can be made available over a public or secure Internet connection. The SiteArchive service can be customized with respect to how often a site is archived and which specific information is to be saved. Pricing is dependent on the size (in megabytes) and frequency of archiving. The archives are stored at two different secure locations, with options for digital media copies or hard copies.

Source: SiteImprove, San Jose, CA, 408/437-6317;

R.R. Bowker Enhances

R.R. Bowker announced new enhancements to, its international Web-based source for detailed information about journals, magazines, and electronic resources.

The main enhancement is the Open Access Journals feature. now contains a new Open Access Search field through which users can search for any publication that's available via open access. Several open-access journals from SPARC, PLoS, BioMed Central, the Directory of Open Access Journals, and other sources are now included in

In addition to a new open access advanced search field, Bowker has created an Open Access icon that displays on the search results page. This feature alerts users that a particular publication is available via open access. To connect users to these new resources, Bowker has added a Click for Open Access button on full citation screens. It gives users one-click access directly to that publication's full-text content on the Web.

Source: R.R. Bowker, New Providence, NJ, 888/269-5372;

FIND/SVP, Launch Online Custom Research Center

FIND/SVP, Inc. and announced the launch of the Custom Research Center, a tool that offers live research-based services for business executives.

The Custom Research Center will allow's audience to purchase personalized answer briefs in response to their confidential questions about competitors, industry trends, or other business issues. Business executives who require in-depth research projects will be given the opportunity to submit a request for proposal.

As part of the agreement, FIND/SVP will provide original editorial content that features the emerging trends and business intelligence spotted by its team of 100 subject-matter research professionals. FIND/SVP will also provide answers to common questions on the minds of top executives. This content will appear on and other channels that carry its proprietary editorial content, including Yahoo!, MSN, and AOL.

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

Thomson Derwent LitAlert Now Available on STN

Thomson Derwent announced that LitAlert, a database of value-added U.S. intellectual property litigation, is now available on STN International.

LitAlert records are created by Thomson Derwent's technical and editorial staff. They collect details of patent and trademark infringement lawsuits filed in the 94 U.S. district courts and then supplement the records with additional details that assist researchers. LitAlert covers lawsuits filed since 1973, including thousands of suits filed since the early 1970s.

Each LitAlert record contains the docket number of the case and bibliographic details that facilitate the identification of relevant material. In addition, the notes section of each record provides the filing date and court in which the case was heard, identifies the plaintiffs and defendants, and details the judgment (if applicable). LitAlert is updated weekly.

Source: Thomson Derwent, Philadelphia, 215/386-0100;

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals Available on IDS

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts announced that the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals is now available on its Internet Database Service (IDS).

The database offers a comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture and design. It includes bibliographic descriptions and indexes on subjects such as the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation, and interior design and decoration. It contains nearly 500,000 entries that survey more than 700 U.S. and international journals.

The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals covers international scholarly and popular periodical literature as well as the publications of professional associations, American state and regional periodicals, and the major serial publications on the architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.

Source: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Bethesda, MD, 301/961-6700;



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