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Volume 18, Issue 3 — March 2001
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CSA Offers New Service

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) has announced the launch of its new service (, which allows individual researchers to acquire scientific and technical reports at a fraction of the cost required for researching massive amounts of scientific data. Users can choose from more than 1,500 bibliographic and technical reports that are dynamically updated with new data from journals, books, reports, patents, conference proceedings, and the Web.'s reports cover "hot topics" in aquatic science, biological science and biotechnology, engineering, environmental science, information technology, linguistics, materials science and technology, neuroscience, and sociology.

The British Library and 18 other publishing partners will market the reports through their respective Web sites. Among the partners are the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, NERAC, the Institute of Materials Communications, Idea Group Publishing, American Technical Publishers, CERAM Research, The Welding Institute (TWI), DA Information Services (Australia), Librarie Lavoisier Technique et Documentation (France), PrioInfo (Sweden), Stockman-Academic Bookstore (Finland), Suweco Online (Czech Republic), Franklins International (Israel), ACML (Egypt), UBS Services (Singapore), CNPIEC Info Tech (China), Informatics (India), and BookNet (Southeast Asia).

All reports are researched by subject-matter experts from the CSA editorial staff in cooperation with its publishing partners. Each report summarizes the contents of up to 250 current references, including peer-reviewed literature and relevant Web resources. CSA also plans to add customized search services to in the near future.

" provides valuable, targeted information to individual professionals and researchers—especially in the corporate and government sectors—who don't have access to major collections of scientific data," said CSA president Matt Dunie. " digs deeper than most search engines and delivers sharply focused information, thus avoiding those endless lists of irrelevant hits. In fact, we are using end-user information to create new titles and deliver information in an economical, timely fashion."

Users accessing the service may search for relevant topics, view descriptive listings of available reports, and preview report contents before purchasing a title. Purchasing is handled on a transactional basis directly from the Web site through secure software. Upon completing an order online, the user receives immediate access to the entire report and 11 monthly updates for a period of 12 months. is provided to researchers worldwide through the efforts of distribution partners. Some partners will be offering their own content through; CSA will customize titles for specific user groups for distribution partners.

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

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