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Information Today
Vol. 20 No. 8 — September 2003
Product News and Reviews

MicroPatent Streamlines Searching, Extends IP Alerts

MicroPatent announced a series of PatSearch FullText and patent alert enhancements that can extend users' competitive intelligence monitoring and improve their work-flow efficiencies.

The company added 50 patent alerts to each PatSearch FullText annual subscription and redesigned its Search History interface. These improvements are complimentary and automatically included in all PatSearch FullText accounts.

MicroPatent alerts monitor patent activity by company, technology, or industry, according to the user's specifications. The new alert service facilitates the creation, editing, and management of alert strategies. It features a summarized table from which users can edit, clone, suspend, and delete. Other new features include the ability to incorporate a custom cover sheet for each alert and designate an unlimited number of recipients.

Source: MicroPatent, East Haven, CT, 203/466-5055;

Reuters Unveils Research On-Demand

Reuters announced the release of Reuters Research On-Demand (formerly Multex On-Demand), its next-generation advanced research and analysis solution for information professionals.

Reuters Research On-Demand has been redesigned to provide investment bankers, corporate executives, and corporate librarians with a single source for in-depth global investment research from more than 900 brokerage firms, investment banks, market research houses, and independent research providers.

Reuters Research On-Demand now offers the following features:

• Intelligent Categorization—Users can search and locate reports by
category, subject, purpose, and type of analysis. Information professionals
can distinguish and access
industry research.

• Intelligent Symbology—This
document retrieval feature allows users to track all relevant research
on a particular company, regardless
of the local ticker, vendor symbol,
or cross-reference code.

• Extensive Indexing—Relevant information can be pinpointed through
the indexes, which include company (stock or name), source (contributor
or analyst), geography (region or country), industry classification, text
expressions, or date.

• Saved Searches—This feature allows users to access relevant information, share searches with other users, and receive e-mail alerts when new
documents become available.

Source: Reuters, New York, 212/607-2500;

ProQuest Offers JHUP Journals

ProQuest Information and Learning announced that it now offers scholarly journals published by Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP). The distribution agreement brings the full text of 47 academic journals to the company's ProQuest online databases, including ProQuest Research Library, Literature Online, Periodicals Contents Index Full Text, Ethnic NewsWatch, GenderWatch, and International Index to Black Periodicals, and to microform through Serials in Microform. ProQuest will distribute the JHUP journal content to educational institutions, libraries, and other markets around the world.

Included are titles such as American Imago, American Quarterly, Callaloo, Eighteenth Century Studies, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Literature and Medicine, Modern Fiction Studies, Perspectives in Biology & Medicine, Shakespeare Quarterly, Studies in English Literature—1500-1900, Technology and Culture, and World Politics.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/761-4700;

Ingenta Enters Reference-Linking Initiative with JSTOR

Ingenta, Inc. announced the launch of a new reference-linking initiative with JSTOR, the online scholarly journal archive. The partnership allows licensed JSTOR users who access full-text articles on Ingenta to link seamlessly from references in Ingenta to the corresponding full text held in JSTOR's various collections.

Lisa Wilson-Wirth, Ingenta's vice president of marketing and user services, said: "Ingenta is committed to maximizing the number of reference resolution partners it offers via our dedicated linking team. The many professional and academic publishers who have opted to use reference linking with Ingenta now offer their customers an unprecedented 3.6 million active reference links to choose from. This in turn enables the librarian to offer their patrons the most comprehensive and seamless research experience online."

The JSTOR archive currently includes the entire back runs of 322 journals and serves more than 1,600 participating libraries at colleges, universities, and research institutions in 74 countries.

Source: Ingenta, Inc., Cambridge, MA, 617/395-4000;

Bureau van Dijk Adds Datamonitor Profiles

Bureau van Dijk (BvD) announced that it is adding market research information from Datamonitor to its range of company information products. The Datamonitor Industry Profiles are now included in the latest versions of FAME, which covers the U.K. and Ireland, and OSIRIS, which covers publicly listed companies worldwide.

More than 2,000 Industry Profiles are being incorporated, including global and regional reports as well as more than 1,500 country-level profiles. The Industry Profiles, which are compiled from both primary and secondary research, feature graphs and tables. BvD products will offer them on an unlimited-access basis as well as through a pay-per-view option using BvD credits.

Datamonitor profiles are dynamically linked by industry to relevant company reports in BvD databases. Additional profiles relating to a company, its brands, or its subsidiaries are also highlighted and linked. Users have the option to go to the financial reports of any other company whose name or brand names are also included in the profile.

Source: Bureau van Dijk, New York, 212/797-3550;

CAS Introduces Science IP Search Service

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) announced the launch of Science IP, a new offering that provides personalized search services to the patenting community. According to the announcement, Science IP allows information professionals, attorneys, and others in the patenting and R&D communities to meet their scientific information retrieval needs.

Science IP reports will support decisions such as prior art/patentability for the prosecution of new patents, freedom to practice/operate for new and existing technologies, and patent validity for infringement litigation. In addition to employing patent-industry and scientific searching experts as researchers, Science IP will also draw upon a team of CAS scientists with in-depth knowledge of specialized areas.

Science IP can assist organizations with a variety of different searching needs in the field of scientific intellectual property protection. Services include literature searches for prior art and projects that support attorneys who are writing patentability, freedom-to-practice/operate, and validity opinions.

Source: Chemical Abstracts Service, Columbus, OH, 614/447-3600;

Wiley InterScience Launches New Database

Wiley InterScience, the online content service of publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced the launch of the Wiley Database of Polymer Properties. Based on the Polymer Handbook, 4th edition, the new database is a source of polymer physical property data, with experimentally determined and selected data for more than 2,500 polymers.

The new database offers search features that allow scientists to do the following:

• Search data by polymer name as well as by property values and full text

• Create custom tables for a specific polymer. This feature queries across the entire database to gather the physical constants from various tables into one location. Tables may be viewed, printed, and downloaded into other programs, or saved for future use.

• Using CrossRef, access abstracts or full-text HTML for the primary literature in future updates

Source: Wiley InterScience, Hoboken, NJ, 201/748-6645;

Factiva Unveils New Taxonomy

Factiva has announced the availability of a pharmaceutical and healthcare taxonomy with more than 800 industry-focused terms. This new tool is designed to help companies in those sectors organize and interpret information from both internal and external sources that are essential for making better business decisions.

According to the announcement, the taxonomy and support services help integrate large amounts of complex data, enabling pharmaceutical professionals and competitive intelligence departments to find information on key topics such as business issues and trends, healthcare organization, and competitor news.

The new taxonomy is structured as a series of extensions to the existing Factiva Intelligent Indexing taxonomy, as used within Factiva's business information services. Factiva's industry, region, subject, and company codes are already available under license to help organizations find relevant internal and external information.

The Factiva pharmaceutical and healthcare taxonomy can be applied using the Factiva Fusion content intelligence service. Or it can be integrated into a range of other categorization and search software packages. Factiva's taxonomy specialists are available to further tailor the taxonomy and merge it with a company's specific information needs and internal structures.

Source: Factiva, Princeton, NJ, 609/627-2000;

Microsoft Releases Encarta Reference Library 2004

Microsoft Corp. has announced the launch ofEncarta Reference Library 2004. With updated features and enhanced tools, the newest version of Encarta provides users with comprehensive, up-to-date educational content.

Encarta Reference Library 2004, available in DVD and CD versions, includes the following new and updated features:

• Discovery Channel video content—Discovery Channel provides users with up to 109 minutes of educational video vignettes.

• Visual Browser—Encarta Reference Library 2004 debuts the Visual Browser, a tool that helps kids and parents explore Encarta information.

• Homework Center—This feature offers smart enhancements to guide students through research and
creative projects from start to finish.

• Update—This tool provides users with current information to help ensure their work is timely and accurate.

Encarta Reference Library 2004 also features Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 2004; Encarta World English Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Translation Dictionaries; Encarta Africana; more than 68,000 editor-reviewed articles; multimedia content, including live access to radio, news, and weather reports; virtual maps; and more.

Source: Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA, 425/706-8080;

EBSCO Announces Database Additions, Functionality Enhancement to EBSCOhost

EBSCO Publishing announced the addition of H.W. Wilson's Library Literature & Information Science database and reference linkingfunctionality to its EBSCOhost service. The company also announced it has reached an agreement with the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) that will enhance EBSCO's religious studies database offering.

Library Literature & Information Science

Created by librarians for librarians, the bibliographic Library Literature & Information Science database indexes articles and book reviews of key library and information science periodicals. It contains more than 242,000 records aggregated from more than 300 books, 380 journals, chapters in collected works, library school theses, and pamphlets. The database includes English and non-English records dating to 1980.

Reference Linking

Reference linking allows users to locate additional information related to an article of interest. They can link directly from a particular article to other articles cited in the bibliography of the original. It also allows users to link directly from a particular article to other articles in the database that cite the original.

ATLA Agreement

EBSCO will now provide online access to The Catholic Periodical and Literature Index and Old Testament Abstracts via EBSCOhost. The Catholic Periodical and Literature Index includes indexed citations to articles published in Roman Catholic periodicals, papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith that are authored by Catholics and/or produced by Catholic publishers. Old Testament Abstracts features indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, and multi-author works related to Old Testament studies.

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

Moreover Adds News Content into Yahoo! News Search

Moreover Technologies, a provider of real-time information-management solutions, announced that Yahoo! Search has integrated the Moreover public metabase into Yahoo! News Search.

By clicking on the "News" tab on Yahoo! Search or searching within Yahoo! News, users will be able to access breaking news from more than 3,500 sources that are continually updated and customized to their specific search.

Moreover's sources are found, evaluated, and selected by a team of editors and then enhanced with valuable metadata. More than 35,000 new articles are indexed each day according to any simple or complex set of rules, resulting in focused coverage on any topic. New sources can be added on request in a matter of hours, ensuring the most up-to-date coverage.

Source: Moreover Technologies, San Francisco, 415/989-0600;

Thomson ISI ResearchSoft Releases EndNote Version 7

Thomson ISI ResearchSoft announced the release of a major upgrade to its EndNote bibliographic management software. EndNote 7 delivers new types of bibliographies, flexible image handling, and connectivity to explore and mobilize reference collections.

With EndNote's new Subject Bibliography, users can save steps when creating a bibliography with topic headings. For example, they can select the field "Author" to view a bibliography organized by author headings.

EndNote also allows users to insert a figure or table anywhere in a Microsoft Word document. They can now search their EndNote libraries for images to place within the text or create figure and table lists at the end of the document, depending on their presentation or publisher requirements.

Users are now able to create bibliographies with StarOffice, OpenOffice, AppleWorks, FrameMaker, and more. EndNote 7 scans RTF documents containing temporary EndNote citations and instantly creates a bibliography.

Other features allow users to export files in XML format and move EndNote references to data-visualization tools.

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

Germany Launches Portal to Scientific Information

vascoda, a partnership of 37 German libraries, research centers, and academic information providers, has announced the release of, an interdisciplinary Web portal. The service will make scientific literature and information accessible to the public.

Designed as a central access gateway, vascoda delivers a multidisciplinary mix of scientific information products and services in one user interface. The majority of the information offered via vascoda is free of charge. However, fee-based information such as publishers' offers and commercial databases is provided through a pay-per-view model. Existing subscriptions to electronic journals can be continued with the publisher or information provider.

Source: vascoda, Hanover, Germany, 011-49-511-762-3485;

Inmagic Integrates XML Support into DB/TextWorks

Inmagic, Inc. has announced the addition of XML support within its DB/TextWorks product line.

Inmagic's XML-based products allow customers to edit such documents as online validation lists over the Web. The upcoming release of DB/Text for Libraries 6.0, which runs on the DB/TextWorks platform, utilizes XML to provide corporate end users with direct Web access to account information and self-service features like self-renewal and checkout.

In addition, DB/Text WebPublisher PRO uses SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), a standard that allows for the exchange of information in a decentralized, distributed environment.

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

Advanced Technology Libraries Chooses ebrary

ebrary announced that Advanced Technology Libraries (AT/L) is now using its service to provide librarians with freely viewable online access to AT/L digital archives.Available at, the initiative offers archives of important industry news and allows Advanced Technology Libraries to promote print subscriptions online.

ebrary provides a platform for securely distributing newsletters, magazines, and other publications online in an environment that maintains the exact appearance of the print editions. With ebrary InfoTools, readers can access relevant information and resources from within AT/L publications and on the Web by selecting words. ebrary also delivers full-text search within and across documents, bookmarks, highlighting, automatic citations, and more.

Advanced Technology Libraries offers a concise monthly review of information technology that's relevant to libraries, including integrated library systems; the latest electronic products; and online services for public, academic, and special libraries.

Source: ebrary, Palo Alto, CA, 650/475-8700;

AuriQ Systems Unveils RTmetrics

AuriQ Systems, Inc., a real-time e-business analytics provider, has announced the release of RTmetrics, a new approach to optimizing online campaigns.

RTmetrics is a business solution for measuring Web activities in real-time using a rules-based engine for reporting and analysis. According to the announcement, this scalable, third-generation enterprise-level solution eliminates the need to direct and analyze traditional log files to create management reporting. RTmetrics provides online capture of e-business initiative results, including opt-ins, Web site performance, marketing on the Web, hop-links and affiliates, e-mail campaigns, and wireless and PDA access points.

Customers can use RTmetrics to optimize their Web-based business strategies. The solution is network- and applications-independent, which allows it to provide site-performance reporting the same day it's installed. In addition, the information, reporting, and analysis obtained through RTmetrics optimizes online and e-mail campaigns by delivering proactive views of consumer reactions to multiple marketing channels and campaign approaches.

Source: AuriQ Systems, Inc., Pasadena, CA, 626/564-2781;

West Releases My Account

West has announced the release of My Account, a free online service that presents broad, real-time information about a customer's business relationship with West in a secure setting on The service enables customers to view their account balances and invoices, change addresses and account information, make payments, generate Westlaw invoices and reports, view order status and returns, and manage their Westlaw passwords.

My Account is being made available this summer to customers in mid-size and large law firms, corporations, state and local government agencies, and
law schools.

Source: West, Eagan, MN, 651/848-9222;


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