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Volume 19, Issue 5 May 2002
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EBSCO Publishing Announces New Databases, NoveList Upgrades

EBSCO Publishing has announced the addition of the MedicLatina Spanish-language medical database, the General Science Collection, and the Vocational and Career Collection to its EBSCOhost service. The company also announced upgrades to its NoveList product.

MedicLatina Database
The MedicLatina database comprises medical research and investigative journals from Latin American and Spanish publishers. It includes the complete Spanish full text (with Adobe PDF files) for more than 50 peer-reviewed medical journals.

The publications cover topics such as neuroscience, cardiology, nephrology, biomedicine, clinical research, and pediatrics. Titles include Revista Cubana de Cardiología y Cirugía Cardiovascular, Revistad de la Facultad de Medicina de la Unam, Revista Médica del Imss, Revista Mexicana de Patología Clinica, and ACIMED, along with the English-language Archives of Medical Research.An optional Spanish interface and translation software are available free of charge to all EBSCOhost customers.

General Science Collection
The General Science Collection provides information on all aspects of scientific study, with full-text coverage of more than 60 of the most popular science magazines. Its publications include Archaeology, Astronomy, National Geographic, Popular Science, and Scientific American. Subject areas cover the observation, description, identification, and experimental investigation of phenomena; the application of science; and industrial and commercial objectives.

Vocational and Career Collection
The Vocational and Career Collection offers industry-specific information to career seekers in vocational and technical school libraries, public libraries, and high schools. Fields covered include advertising, nursing, hotel management, and restaurants. The database also features industry data and articles on interviewing, resumes, compensation, and other subjects.

The collection provides full-text coverage for nearly 340 trade-and-industry-related periodicals, including Advertising Age, Pediatric Nursing, Hotel and Hotel Management, Restaurant Business, Drug Store News, Video Business, and American Machinist.

NoveList Enhancements
NoveList is working with Joyce Saricks, an expert on readers' advisory and author of Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, who is creating author read-alike lists. These lists feature a brief discussion of why people enjoy an author, other authors who write books that match these characteristics, and an explanation of the ways in which they match.

NoveList is also introducing a book guide feature that libraries can use to enhance the reading experience not only of individual readers, but also of an entire community, according to the announcement. Several communities have started city- and countywide book discussion programs.

NoveList will soon begin to add book discussion guides for young adult titles. Overall, NoveList adds four to five book discussion guides, seven to 10 book talks, and five to seven feature articles each month to its database, while continuously increasing the total number of searchable fiction titles.

NoveList has also introduced a new ILS and Z39.50 linking capability with which users can link directly to the library's online catalog from a title found in a NoveList search. With ILS linking enabled, a click on a link opens a window and searches the catalog for the title being viewed. From this window, the user can do additional searches and even reserve books.

If the library's catalog does not support ILS linking, Z39.50 linking may offer an alternative. Clicking on a Z39.50 link from within NoveList allows the application to connect to the customer's Z39.50 server, perform a search, and display the results. In this instance the user is not actually in the library catalog, so he or she cannot do additional searches or reserve books.

NoveList customers should contact EBSCO Publishing technical support if they are interested in enabling this new linking feature.

Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726;

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