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Vol. 21 No. 3 — March 2004
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Yahoo! Provides 2004 Election Information

Yahoo!, Inc. announced the launch of extensive election-related offerings to equip consumers, candidates, and political organizations for the 2004 campaign season. The service provides breaking news, in-depth analysis and opinion, interactive research tools, and online marketing opportunities for local and national political races.

Elections 2004, a special section within Yahoo! News, is a concentrated area designed to keep consumers informed and involved with new and breaking political developments. The section includes comprehensive political reporting from the Associated Press, Reuters,, USA TODAY, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and NPR.

Yahoo! News has also added "Political Players with Terry Neal," a new weekly video feature from This service offers interviews with political figures and provides a look at the top political issues of the day.

Source: Yahoo!, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, 408/349-3300;

NPG Launches Chinese Edition of Nature

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) has announced that Nature Japan, its Asian subsidiary, will produce a Chinese edition of Nature to be distributed exclusively in mainland China. The new edition, which joins a Japanese edition of Nature published since 1990, will contain an eight-page section consisting of translated Chinese-language highlights as well as highlights from the Nature research and Nature Reviews journals.

The content in this section is available for registrants online at, NPG's Chinese-language Web site. NPG also provides a similar service in Japanese ( and Korean ( Links are provided from each translated highlight directly to the relevant article on

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

MicroPatent Unveils MPI-INPADOC Plus

MicroPatent, LLC announced the release of its MPI-INPADOC Plus database. This enterprisewide search, monitoring, and review tool within MicroPatent's PatentWeb has nearly 50 million patent records as well as alerting and research-management capabilities.

MPI-INPADOC Plus includes INPADOC, DOC.db (used by EPO examiners), nation-specific patent information, and front-page images from GLOBALPat. It covers 72 countries/patent authorities, with legal status for 42. The tool also allows users to export legal status and other bibliographic patent information into Excel and other external services for deeper review and analysis.

MPI-INPADOC Plus offers search management functionality, including the ability to save and combine strategies to create complex queries as well as sorting, reporting, reviewing, and graphing capabilities within a user's personal workspace.

Source: MicroPatent, LLC, East Haven, CT, 800/648-6787;

Dialog Enhances BIOSIS Previews, Offers New Pricing Program

Dialog Corp. announced that it has enhanced the BIOSIS Previews database, which is available through its Dialog and Dialog DataStar services. The company also announced that it is offering Dialog Choice, a new fixed-fee enterprise pricing plan.

BIOSIS Previews

The BIOSIS Previews database now includes the following:

• The addition of CAS Registry Numbers to more than 9 million records

• More than 6,300 sequence data-accession numbers

• BIOSIS Major Concepts, an indexing field that enables researchers to identify and retrieve targeted information by conceptual terms, has been added to every citation dating to 1969

Other improvements to BIOSIS Previews include revisions to indexing fields, such as newly added taxonomical terms, revised biosystematic codes, and revised mapping of MeSH Disease terms.

Dialog Choice

The new Dialog Choice pricing option is available to corporations, government agencies, law firms, and other enterprises that need to make in-depth information resources directly available to the desktops of professionals throughout their organizations.

Dialog Choice features flat-fee annual subscriptions for unlimited access to selected databases offered by leading information providers. Customized pricing is based on the databases selected and by the number of individuals who will be granted unlimited access to those resources. Subscribing enterprises may now opt for a Dialog Choice fixed annual fee to offer one or more of the available databases to a specified number of professionals within their organizations.

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

Information Today, Inc. Releases New Books

Information Today, Inc. announced the release of The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook: A Guide for the Serious Searcher, by Randolph Hock, and The Web Library: Building a World Class Personal Library with Free Web Resources, by Nicholas G. Tomaiuolo.

The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook

The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook is a guide for anyone who uses the Internet for research, including librarians, teachers, students, writers, and business professionals. Hock, a writer and Internet trainer, explains strategies and tools (including search engines, directories, and portals) for all major areas of Internet content. According to the announcement, readers with little to moderate searching experience will appreciate Hock's easy-to-follow advice, while experienced searchers will discover a number of new ideas, techniques, and resources.

The Web Library

The Web Library offers hundreds of resources. It includes URLs, figures and screen shots, interviews with librarians and leading content providers, examples of free Web resources, and techniques for finding and collecting new content as the Web evolves. The book is supported by a companion Web page that features links to all the referenced resources, author updates, and more.

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

JSTOR Announces Three New Journal Collections

JSTOR has announced the addition of three new collections of peer-reviewed journals: Arts & Sciences III, Arts & Sciences IV, and Arts & Sciences Complement.

Arts & Sciences III (A&S III) will contain a minimum of 120 journals, with titles in architecture, art history, cultural studies, film, folklore, performing arts, and religion. The full collection will be completed in 2005.

Arts & Sciences IV (A&S IV) will include a minimum of 100 journals focusing on law, psychology, education, and public policy and administration. The collection will be completed by 2006.

The Arts & Sciences Complement will offer participating institutions a way to add journals related to any of the 30 arts, humanities, and social sciences disciplines in JSTOR's A&S I­IV collections. It will include important titles not previously available as well as journals that cross disciplinary boundaries. The Complement will contain a minimum of 150 journals that will be added through 2008.

Source: JSTOR, New York, 212/358-6400;

Serials Solutions Releases E-Journal Portal Feature

Serials Solutions, Inc. announced that it has released E-Journal Portal as part of its new E-Journal Access & Management Suite. E-Journal Portal delivers a low-maintenance e-journal management solution and includes daily data updates.

E-Journal Portal provides a customizable, single-page interface for patrons to access e-journals through a browsable A-to-Z title list, title searching, subject browsing, and links to full-text databases. According to the announcement, E-Journal Portal eliminates the need for librarians to post HTML reports and provides daily updates to library-specific data. Librarians just need to place a single link on their Web site to activate E-Journal Portal.

E-Journal Access & Management Suite is available at no additional charge to all Serials Solutions subscribers. Libraries can implement some or all of its features.

Source: Serials Solutions, Inc., Seattle, 206/545-9056;

Inmagic Launches New Profiler Service

Inmagic, Inc. announced the release of Inmagic Profiler, a current-awareness and alerting tool that automates the process of distributing relevant information.

Profiler, developed by Inmagic partner Trimagic Software, allows individual users to register a profile that specifies their information requirements and topics of interest. When new materials come into the organization's Inmagic databases, Profiler sends an e-mail alert directly to the user.

Inmagic Profiler is available in two versions. Profiler Standard runs in the Windows environment and allows an information professional or other content manager to set up profiles for individual users by specifying an e-mail address for delivery of the alerts. Profiler Enterprise is Web-enabled and, in addition to the capabilities offered in the Windows environment, allows end users to create and edit their own profiles and retrieve their alerts via a browser interface, typically from the organization's intranet.

Source: Inmagic, Inc., Woburn, MA, 781/938-4444;

SLA Unveils New Web Site

SLA announced that it has launched the fourth generation of its Web site. According to the announcement, the new online community at features a cleaner, more modern appearance, with improved access to resources.

The site has a redesigned navigation bar and all-new menu headings as well as an enhanced site map and improved search functions, which allow a wider range of search capabilities. The site also contains an all-new taxonomy, thesaurus, and content management system. SLA launched the first version of its Web site in 1996. It was revised in 1997 and redesigned in 2000.

Source: SLA, Washington, DC, 202/234-4700;

Emerald Introduces New Online Article Submission, Peer-Review System for Journal Authors

Emerald has announced the release of JADE, an online article submission and peer-review system that will provide a single end-to-end content management solution for Emerald journal authors and editors. JADE will also capture author copyright assignment to Emerald using a digital signature software solution. This will allow access to the copyright status of all articles and non-article content.

JADE creates a home page for authors via individual registration and allows them to track the progress of their articles through the publication process. It also gives access to a wide range of author resources from the Emerald Literati service.

According to the announcement, online article submission provides an intuitive and friendly interface for submitting articles and will result in a fast and efficient publication service. Online peer review for journal editors will result in a fast and efficient peer-review service, reducing administrative tasks and facilitating value-added activities and quality improvement.

Source: Emerald, Bradford, U.K., 011-44-274-777700;

ISI ResearchSoft Introduces New WriteNote Version

ISI ResearchSoft announced a major upgrade to WriteNote, a Web-based research and writing tool. WriteNote 1.6 supports all popular Web browsers and word processors on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux; provides full Unicode support; and offers hundreds of import filters for popular bibliographic databases and publishing styles.

With WriteNote 1.6, users can conduct research, build reference libraries, and format bibliographies utilizing virtually any Web browser on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. Users can also do the following:

• Capture and organize references in a personal library, with unlimited
library size

• Import references using filters for more than 250 popular online
content providers

• Create bibliographies complete with in-text citations using any word processor

• Format bibliographies using more than 700 publishing styles

A subscription to WriteNote provides access for users anytime, anywhere and includes upgrades for easy maintenance.

Source: ISI ResearchSoft, Carlsbad, CA, 760/438-5526;

EBSCO A-to-Z Now Provides More Access

EBSCO Information Services announced that its A-to-Z tool now offers access to hundreds of free online journals, such as those found in the Directory of Open Access Journals, PubMed Central, and other portals. These journals, which cover topics such as language, literature, science, and medicine, are part of the A-to-Z master title database. This resource provides link and coverage information for more than 40,000 unique titles from more than 530 database and e-journal packages. Using A-to-Z's online administrative module with its interactive Title Wizard, libraries can add these titles to their lists.

EBSCO's A-to-Z is a locator tool for a library's e-resources, including e-journals, titles in full-text databases, and publisher packages. All major database vendors and publishers are represented. A library's print titles can also be included.

Users can search for journals by keyword or browse an alphabetical list by title or subject. Built-in administrative tools allow customization of the list, including extensive branding options that allow the list to match the colors and style of the library's other Web-based services.

Source: EBSCO Information Services, Birmingham, AL, 205/991-6600;

Swets, ACS Team to Offer Full-Text Access

Swets Information Services announced that it has recently concluded negotiations with the American Chemical Society (ACS) to provide access to ACS Web Editions, the current online content of ACS journals, via SwetsWise.

SwetsWise is a Web-based, modular service for the procurement, access, and management of subscriptions and online information. It now carries a total of 7,787 full-text publications from 295 publishers, with more than 90 percent of the top STM publishers participating.

In 2003, ACS Web Editions had more than 1 million total Web views per week on average. ACS Publications produces 31 journals, including its flagship publication, The Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Source: Swets Information Services, Lisse, Netherlands, 011-31-252-435-584;

Oxford University Press Releases New Collection

Oxford University Press announced the release of Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection. This resource enhances the more than 100 books in Oxford's Core Collection with an expanding range of key titles in the Oxford Companions series, plus the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

The collection includes titles from Oxford's extensive program of new references and new editions of classic works on core subjects. In the coming months, even more features—including timelines, maps, illustrations, and additional bibliographies—will be added to the collection.

Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection also features a search results display that allows users to re-sort their results by categories and locate the specific types of information they're looking for.

Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection is available by subscription to academic, corporate, and specialist libraries around the world. Subscriptions start at $550 per year, with special discounts available for K-12 schools. Individuals can also subscribe for $139 a year ($19.95 a month).

Source: Oxford University Press, New York, 212/726-6057;

EBSCO Publishing Enhances CINAHL, Launches New Literature Index

EBSCO Publishing announced that it is enhancing the EBSCOhost implementation of its recently acquired CINAHL database. The company also announced the introduction of GLBT Life, an index to literature that covers gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues.


As a complementary component to CINAHL, customers using the database via EBSCOhost will soon gain access to the PreCINAHL database. PreCINAHL is intended to provide current awareness of new journal articles and includes a rotating file of limited bibliographic information.

CINAHL's Searchable Citations feature is also available via the EBSCOhost interface. Searchable Citations allows users to locate additional information related to an article of interest. This functionality lets users link directly from a particular article to other articles cited in the bibliography of the original.


Designed for academic, professional, and public communities, GLBT Life contains indexing and abstracts for more than 80 GLBT-specific core periodicals. It features current coverage of these sources as well as deep backfiles for key publications. Some publications are indexed back to their inaugural issues, including The Advocate (1967), Journal of Homosexuality (1974), and Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review (1994).

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


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