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Volume 19, Issue 1 January 2002
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Elsevier Science Bibliographic Databases Introduces

Elsevier Science Bibliographic Databases (ESBD) has announced the forthcoming release of, the second of its bibliographic databases available via an intelligent Web gateway implementation.

Because biotechnology is by its very nature multidisciplinary, articles are scattered throughout thousands of publications across dozens of disciplines, according to the announcement. collects these citations and abstracts into a single bibliographic database and brings all of this information directly to the searcher's desktop.

"We recognize that speed of development in biotechnology is crucial for achieving and maintaining a competitive advantage," said Rob van der Meer,'s product manager. " is specifically designed to provide end-user searchers withfast, easy access to the new, relevant biotechnology literature they need to compete successfully in the biotechnology arena. This gateway will offer extensive linking to full-text and other information sources as well as innovative functionality. The intelligent search engine will enable even novice users to carry out highly sophisticated, yet intuitive searches. The automatic e-mail alerting service for preferred search profiles will give end-users powerful tools to create their own personal virtual journal." provides direct access to the core of international scientific literature in biotechnology and the life sciences. Its features include the following:

  • Weekly updates of about 2,000 new records

  • A sophisticated, yet easy-to-use interface

  • Efficient record access via indexed terms and keywords, authors, and journals

  • Complete coverage of 280 core journals, plus selective coverage from more than 4,000 journals in relevant fields

  • Approximately 1.5 million bibliographic records from 1980 to the present, most with author abstracts

  • Links to full text

  • Inclusion of Molecular Sequence Numbers and CAS Registry Numbers

  • An automatic e-mail alerting service
According to the announcement, users from emerging biobusinesses (companies that apply biotechnology), universities, and research institutes will find in application-oriented information as well as significant, fundamental research results. Sectors covered include human and animal healthcare (biomedical developments, functional genomics and gene analyses, proteomics, diagnosis and diagnostics, molecular cellular monitoring, medical microbiology), biopharmaceutics (novel therapeutics, vaccines, gene therapy), foods and beverages (novel foods, nutriceuticals, functional foods), agriculture and horticulture (plant and animal breeding, plant resistance and tolerance, biopesticides, bio-insecticides), and environmental protection and control (bioremediation and biodegradation, biomonitoring and control, air pollution treatment, ecological risks, hazards assessment).

During the final stages of's development, Elsevier Science Bibliographic Databases is offering users the opportunity to provide feedback on functionality and content by participating in free beta trials. To set up a trial, contact A demo is available at

Source: Elsevier Science Bibliographic Databases, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 011-31-20-485-3261;

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