Product News and Reviews
Elsevier Announces ScienceDirect News
Elsevier announced that it has added The Lancet backfiles to its ScienceDirect
service. The company also announced that the ScienceDirect collection now contains
5 million full-text articles.
With the integration of The Lancet into ScienceDirect, users can search
a historical archive of more than 340,000 articles dating to the publication's
inception in 1823.
ScienceDirect backfile articles are presented in fully searchable Adobe PDF
and are supported by citations, abstracts, and references in re-keyed HTML.
Users can cross-search backfile articles against the other journal content,
abstract databases, and reference works on ScienceDirect. References are live-linked
to the full-text articles on ScienceDirect and to more than 170 scientific
and medical publishers via CrossRef.
ScienceDirect now covers more than 1,800 journals from the core scientific
literature, including titles such as Cell and Tetrahedron. In
addition to this journal collection, ScienceDirect has increased its offering
of other types of full-text content, such as its recently launched program
of online reference works that seamlessly interlinks with the primary research
that's referenced in journals.
Source: Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 011-31-20-485-2677; http://www.elsevier.com.
ProQuest Unveils New Archiving Program, Los Angeles Times Backfile
ProQuest Information and Learning has announced the introduction of the UMI
Dissertation Digital Archiving and Access program, a new service for accredited
institutions in North America. The company also announced the release of ProQuest
Historical NewspapersThe Los Angeles Times.
The UMI Dissertation Digital Archiving and Access program provides an institution
with a lasting, accessible, and complete record of its doctoral dissertations
and master's theses on microfilm or fiche. It creates bibliographic-citation
information for all titles (with free MARC records), an archival microfilm
copy for all dissertations, and access to all dissertations in print, microform,
and digital formats.
Los Angeles Times Backfile
The Los Angeles Times backfile offers researchers extensive coverage
and analysis of the development of Los Angeles, the Pacific Rim, and the West's
major industries. The material currently available includes backfiles dating
from the newspaper's founding in 1881 to 1922. Every available issue of the Los
Angeles Times will be digitized from cover to cover, including its news
stories, editorials, photos, graphics, and advertisements.
Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/761-4700; http://www.il.proquest.com.
Ingenta Continues Growth Across Publisher Services
Ingenta, a technology provider of online publishing services to academic
and professional publishers, has announced an expansion in its business.
Over the past year, Ingenta has signed more than 30 new publisher customers
and extended relationships with more than 40 existing clients. In addition,
it has increased its network of registered institutions by 25 percent to 15,000.
New customers include a cross section of international commercial publishers,
society publishers, and self-publishing nongovernmental organizations, such
as Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, Jordan Publishing, and the
World Tourism Organization.
Source: Ingenta, Cambridge, MA, 617/395-4000; http://www.ingenta.com.
Library of Congress Offers Wright Brothers Papers
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Wilbur and Orville Wright's first
flight, the Library of Congress announced that its collection of Wright brothers
papers is available online in the American Memory collection (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wrighthtml).
Nearly one-third of the Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers, totaling 30,000
items, will be made accessible online. The papers, which document the lives
of the Wrights and highlight their pioneering work, span the years 1881 to
1952 but largely cover 1900 to 1940.
The 10,000 items selected include the Wrights' diaries and notebooks, which
record many of their glides and powered flights at Kitty Hawk, N.C., and elsewhere,
as well as their scientific experiments and data. Charts, drawings, scrapbooks,
printed matter, and other materials covering the Wrights' research, work, and
business pursuits are also included.
Source: Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 202/707-2905; http://www.loc.gov.
Gale Teams with Google, Completes Preservation Project
Gale has announced an agreement that will allow users of select products
on its InfoTrac Web platform to link to Google Image Search while searching
within the premium databases. Gale also announced that it has completed a project
that duplicated the city of Boston's damaged records and preserved important
Gale president Allen Paschal said: "We added the Google Image Search in response
to customer requests for additional images in our databases. We chose to partner
with Google because they provide more images than any other vendor. This allows
Gale to provide customers added value from our products at no charge and one
convenient, single search to get the information and images they need."
To ensure that inappropriate images are not returned, Gale has chosen to
automatically default to the Google SafeSearch "strict" filtering option. Customers
also have the option to turn off the embedded link to the image search.
In the 1950s, Boston microfilmed and later destroyed the hard copies of chattel
mortgages filed with the City Clerk from 1830 to 1958. Chattel mortgages utilize
movable personal property, such as furniture, animals, and automobiles, as
collateral. These resources are used to trace Boston's dynamic expansion in
the 19th and 20th centuries.
Without a duplicate set of film, these records were unavailable to the public.
Furthermore, the cellulose acetate film used at the time became unstable, resulting
in deterioration. After several months, Gale was able to return the original
film intact, with a new master to ensure permanent preservation.
Source: Gale, Farmington Hills, MI, 248/699-4253; http://www.gale.com.
Information Today, Inc. Publishes Two New Books
Information Today, Inc. (ITI) announced that it has published Information
Representation and Retrieval in the Digital Age, by Heting Chu, and Assessing
Competitive Intelligence Software: A Guide to Evaluating CI Technology,
by France Bouthillier and Kathleen Shearer.
and Retrieval in the Digital Age
This new book is the latest release in the ASIST Monograph Series, which
is published by ITI on behalf of the American Society of Information Science & Technology
(ASIST). It offers a comprehensive and current view of information representation
and retrieval (IRR), a key topic for developers and users of online and Internet
data-retrieval systems. With an emphasis on principles and fundamentals, Chu
reviews key concepts and major developmental stages of the IRR field and systematically
examines retrieval techniques, models, and Internet systems.
Assessing Competitive Intelligence Software
Bouthillier and Shearer demonstrate a practical, systematic method that can
be used to evaluate competitive intelligence (CI) software independently. Firms
can use this information to compare features, identify strengths and weaknesses,
and invest in products that meet their unique needs. The authors provide background
on competitive intelligence, offer an overview of the relevant software applications,
and demonstrate their assessment methodology through an evaluation of four
leading CI software packages.
Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.
Alacra Teams with Oxford Analytica
Alacra, Inc. has announced that Oxford Analytica will make its daily analysis
of global political and economic developments available through the Alacra
Oxford Analytica is an international consulting firm that draws its expertise
from more than 1,000 senior faculty members at major academic and research
institutes around the world. Its flagship product, the Oxford Analytica Daily
Brief, provides current and authoritative analysis for corporations and governments.
"We are extremely pleased to add Oxford Analytica's timely, comprehensive,
and insightful analysis to Alacra," said Steve Goldstein, Alacra's CEO. "The
addition of Oxford's commentary had been requested by several Alacra customers,
and we're excited to be able to offer this valuable information to our entire
Source: Alacra, Inc., New York, 212/363-9620; http://www.alacra.com.
NewsStand Releases Two Publications in Digital
NewsStand, Inc. announced that Mobile Media Group has selected it to provide
digital production and delivery of Handheld Computing and Mobility magazines
Handheld Computing, published nine times a year, offers consumers
the latest information on portable devices. Mobility, published quarterly,
focuses on portable products in the enterprise market. NewsStand's electronic
editions allow subscribers to download exact digital replicas of these titles
directly to their PCs, laptops, or Tablet PCs and read the publications on-
By using the NewsStand's digital distribution technology, Mobile Media Group
can create user-friendly electronic editions with digital functionality such
as keyword search, direct jumps to desired sections, instant article continuations,
quick scan of one- or two-page spreads, and zoom-in capability for items of
Source: NewsStand, Inc., Austin, TX, 512/334-5106; http://www.newsstand.com.
FIZ CHEMIE Berlin Launches New Search Engine
FIZ CHEMIE Berlin announced the release of subject-specific Internet search
engines ChemGuide (chemistry), MedPharmGuide (medicine and pharmacology), and
PublishersGuide (scientific publishers). These engines access more than 7,000
servers and thoroughly search them down to the last published page. All entry
pages found by the guides are evaluated by FIZ CHEMIE Berlin for their relevance.
With a single search query in one of these engines, users can search thousands
of servers with approximately 15 million Web pages.
Use of the search engines is free of charge. An extensive retrieval language
is available for search queries. In addition to the usual Boolean operators,
wild cards may be used and proximity searches are possible. Also, search result
lists may be coupled together with list logic. This enables, for example, results
that are common to two lists to be listed in a third.
Source: FIZ CHEMIE Berlin, Berlin, 011-49-30-399-77-140; http://www.chemistry.de.
EBSCO Publishing Announces Additions to EBSCOhost
EBSCO Publishing announced that it has added index browsing, My EBSCOhost,
and Biology Digest to its EBSCOhost service.
Index browsing gives users the option to search from specific indexes in
EBSCOhost databases from a drop-down menu of indexed fields. Once a
field is selected, users can browse an alphabetical list of terms in each indexed
field or browse for a specific term within the chosen field. The number of
times each term appears in the database in that field is also displayed. From
this point, researchers can build a search by selecting one or more terms from
the index and choosing the desired Boolean operator for multiple terms.
My EBSCOhost allows users to create personalized folders in EBSCOhost.
These individual accounts are accessible across multiple research sessions,
so users can retrieve previously gathered information at a later time. Building
on the concept of the EBSCOhost folder, which is still available for
single sessions, EBSCO has expanded the capacity of the personalized folders.
The folders in My EBSCOhost can save individual search results, search
histories, persistent links to searches, search alerts, journal alerts, and
Web pages created using EBSCO's Composer feature.
Biology Digest, produced by Plexus Publishing, offers lengthy abstracts
from more than 200 journals covering all the life sciences, including medicine,
health, zoology, botany, environmental science, and many other categories.
Libraries that use EBSCO's full-text databases in conjunction with Biology
Digest can link from citation-only results in Biology Digest to the corresponding
full-text articles from a number of sources covered in these databases.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 978/356-6500; http://www.epnet.com.
Thomson ISI ResearchSoft Releases RefViz
Thomson ISI ResearchSoft, in collaboration with OmniViz, announced the release
of RefViz, a new visualization tool for the researcher's desktop. RefViz allows
users to visually explore reference literature for major themes and topics.
According to the announcement, references can be moved easily between RefViz
and any of the ISI ResearchSoft productsEndNote, ProCite, and Reference
Managerto publish results faster.
RefViz provides an intuitive framework for exploring reference collections
based on content. With an at-a-glance overview, it allows users to orient themselves
with the literature to reveal trends and associations in references. RefViz
provides a suite of tools for detailed exploration of bibliographies and online
search results that helps users retain important references otherwise lost
when narrowing a search or skimming a list.
RefViz's Galaxy view organizes references according to how they are related
conceptually and provides an overview of how each is related to every other
reference. The Matrix view lets users review subjects discussed together in
the literature by highlighting the co-occurrence of key terms. This helps users
understand the overlap and associations between concepts.
Source: Thomson ISI ResearchSoft, Carlsbad, CA, 760/438-5526; http://www.isiresearchsoft.com.
CISTI Launches Secure Desktop Delivery
The Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) announced
that it will launch its new Secure Desktop Delivery (SDD) method in December.
SDD will enable the delivery of copyright-cleared electronic documents directly
to the end user through the Web.
CISTI clients who choose SDD as their delivery method will download a customized
Adobe Acrobat plug-in before they use the service for the first time. The plug-in
makes it possible for clients to open, view, and print the ordered documents.
As the launch date for SDD approaches, the free plug-in will be made available
for download on the CISTI Web site.
A client who orders a document and chooses SDD as the delivery method will
receive an e-mail that includes a URL when the document is ready to download.
At their convenience, clients can click on the link and log in to retrieve
the document they have requested.
Source: Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, Ottawa,
West Adds American Jurisprudence to ResultsPlus
West announced that it has added key sections from American Jurisprudence
(Am Jur) to ResultsPlus, Westlaw's new research-assistance feature.
ResultsPlus points Westlaw users to related information sources such as American
Law Reports and Am Jur and suggests West key number queries to further refine
According to the announcement, Am Jur articles provide guidance to researchers
who are seeking the fastest route to the heart of legal issues. West's attorney/editors
research and analyze cases, statutes, and regulations from all 50 states and
federal courts to create Am Jur articles. Each article examines not only the
point of law but also the spirit and intent of the courts in construing the
law and the legislature's intent in enacting and amending it.
Source: West, Eagan, MN, 651/687-7000; http://www.west.com.
SwetsWise to Add Nine Publishers' Titles
Swets Blackwell announced that it has concluded agreements with nine publishers
to provide access to their online journal content via SwetsWise. The Web-based,
modular SwetsWise service is used for the procurement, access, and management
of subscriptions and online information. It now carries a total of 7,645 full-text
e-journals, with more than 90 percent of the top STM publishers participating.
The nine publishers that will be contributing titles are the Association
of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, American Institute of Biological
Sciences, Carden Jennings Publishing Co., Ltd., Chartered Institute of Building,
Hindawi Publishing Corp., INFORMS, School of Social Work, Society for Personality
Research, and Westburn Publishers, Ltd.
Source: Swets Blackwell, Lisse, Netherlands, 011-31-252-435-584; http://www.swetsblackwell.com.
Surpass Software Releases Surpass Copycat
Surpass Software announced the release of Surpass Copycat, a cataloging tool
for downloading free MARC records with no annual database subscription needed.
Copycat employs the Z39.50 protocol to let users search for records either
individually or in a multisearch batch-mode by loading in an ISBN list for
automatic retrospective conversion. Multisearch allows the search list to be
entered by hand, loaded from a text file, or loaded from a MARC record file.
Copycat also lets users scan the EAN bar code found on the back of many books
and automatically converts it to the ISBN for searching. The tool allows users
to select multiple libraries for searching and will automatically choose the
most complete record when matching records are found at multiple libraries.
Surpass Copycat can be used by librarians and media specialists who regularly
catalog new and donated books, are cataloging a new collection, are converting
a catalog from a non-MARC database, or need to update brief MARC records to
full MARC records.
Source: Surpass Software, Calhoun, GA, 706/625-5399; http://www.surpasssoftware.com.
Tribune Media Services International
Launches News In Motion International
Tribune Media Services International announced that it will launch News In
Motion International (http://www.niminternational.com) in December. This service
will deliver News In Motion and Knight Ridder/Tribune (KRT) animations, TV
graphics, and related editorial content to television stations and their Web
sites on a subscription and spot-sales basis.
Prior to the launch of the international site, producers can access the service
Clients will have access to rundowns, scripts, and indexes of news and feature
animations for broadcast and Web publication. Additionally, the site will feature
over-the-shoulder broadcast graphics and animated clips as well as KRT photos,
graphics, stories, and caricatures. Producers also will have access to an archive
of more than 2,000 animations, which can be searched and previewed online.
Customers can pull the broadcast version of archive animations from a tape
archive at their station in their preferred tape format.
Source: Tribune Media Services International, Los Angeles, 213/237-7987;
Reference Universe Now Supports OpenURL
Paratext, LLC, an independent publisher of electronic bibliographic and library
services, announced that its Reference Universe database now supports the OpenURL
According to the announcement, Reference Universe is the world's largest
aggregated access point for subject encyclopedias and other reference works.
The database, which is updated weekly, currently contains more than 3 million
citations from 2,500 titles representing 260 reference publishers.
The OpenURL standard allows electronic database searchers to link from a
citation to additional related information. In the case of Reference Universe,
the link is to the library's holdings.
Source: Paratext, LLC, Sterling, VA, 703/318-0285; http://www.paratext.com.
Nature Unveils Nature Reviews Microbiology
Nature Publishing Group has announced the launch of Nature Reviews Microbiology.
A new addition to the Nature Reviews series, this comprehensive journal will
encompass every aspect of the dynamic world of microbiology by publishing reviews
and perspectives that cover developments in fundamental, environmental, clinical,
and industrial microbiology.
Snapshots from the cutting edge of microbiology will be presented in the
Highlights section. In addition, Nature's regular two-page briefingsGenome
Watch (in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) and Disease
Watch (in collaboration with the World Health Organization)will keep
readers informed of the latest developments in microbial genomics and infectious
According to the announcement, Nature Reviews Microbiology is the
only review journal in the literature to encompass the discipline of microbiology
in its broadest sense. The scope will include all fields relevant to bacteria,
viruses, fungi, and protozoa. Every article is carefully commissioned, written
by acknowledged leaders in the field, and subject to a rigorous peer-review
Source: Nature Publishing Group, New York, 212/726-9200; http://www.nature.com.
IEEE Offers Journalists Free Technical Source Guide
IEEE has announced that the newly updated IEEE Technical Experts Guide can
now be searched by topic and by IEEE Society, Council, or other resource. This
tool for journalists and other media professionals provides multidisciplinary
scientific and engineering sources on a wide range of technical topics.
The IEEE Technical Experts Guide includes more than 500 topics related to
information and electro-technologies. It has an alphabetized list of entries
and contact information for IEEE experts and others in industry, government,
and academia who are qualified to answer questions or make referrals on a particular
Source: IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, 732/562-5376; http://www.ieee.org.
Neal-Schuman Publishes New Management Guide
Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. announced that it has released Beyond the
Basics: The Management Guide for Library and Information Professionals,
a practical, hands-on guide to results-oriented library management strategies.
Library management experts G. Edward Evans and Patricia Layzell Ward look
at how external forces such as globalization, OCLC's recent marketing decisions,
mergers of specialist software houses, new document delivery services, and
the growth of electronic archives and virtual libraries affect libraries and
explain how library managers can respond. They re-examine the ways these changes
influence communications and work patterns between library colleagues, long-
and short-term planning, and collaboration/competition between the public and
private information delivery services.
Source: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., New York, 212/925-8650; http://www.neal-schuman.com.