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Information Today
Vol. 20 No. 10 — Nov./Dec. 2003
Product News and Reviews

Factiva Introduces New Subscription Options

Factiva announced two new subscription options for individuals or small businesses that conduct occasional business research. These subscribers can now access Factiva's content directly from or via links at The Wall Street Journal's site.

The Individual Subscription option provides access to both the Search and Track areas of It offers search functionality to support accurate and deep research as well as Track Folders that deliver filtered news about competitors, customers, or key markets.

The annual fee for an Individual Subscription is $69. Track Folders are $9.95 per month. Articles cost $2.95 each. customers can search Factiva from links within their Online Journal subscription. There's no additional annual fee for this option, but users who are not already subscribers need to register with a credit card to view articles, which cost $2.95 each. Factiva Intelligent Indexing and Track Folders are not available as part of this offering.

Source: Factiva, Princeton, NJ, 609/627-2307;

Dialog Announces Content Additions

Dialog Corp. announced that it has added new content to its Intelliscope, Dialog Company Profiles, Dialog, and DataStar services.


Dialog has integrated 128 new providers of brokerage reports into Intelliscope. The service covers more than 37,500 public and private companies, with more than 1,500 new reports added each business day.

Dialog Company Profiles

Dialog Company Profiles now offer an improved search interface, more robust navigation features, and an expanded roster of authoritative reference sources. These customized profiles provide current analysis, data, and news on nearly 500,000 public and private companies worldwide.

Dialog, DataStar

Detailed data on more than 6,200 Japanese companies, published by business information specialist Kompass, is now available exclusively through Dialog (File 592) and Dialog DataStar (KPWO). The companies are primarily manufacturers involved in import/export businesses in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

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

OUP Updates American National Biography Online

Oxford University Press (OUP) announced that it has released the latest quarterly update to the American National Biography Online. This resource features new articles, photographs, and revisions.

The American National Biography Online offers portraits of 18,000 men and women from every era whose lives and works have shaped the U.S. The summer 2003 update features 30 all-new profiles of leading figures.

The American National Biography Online, published by OUP under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies, features thousands of illustrations, more than 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references, and links to select Web sites.

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

Gale Implements New Features, Upgrades

Gale announced the introduction of In the Loop, a biweekly e-mail alert for librarians. The company also announced that it is adding new features and content to its InfoTrac, Biography Resource Center, CPI.Q, Ward's Business Directory, and database products.

In the Loop

In the Loop offers tailored information for librarians, including content on collection and professional development, how to maximize budget dollars, supporting patrons' needs, and special sales and product promotions from Gale. To subscribe, go to


Gale has added a direct journal search feature to its InfoTrac suite. Journal Search offers a route to detailed information for thousands of titles. It gives InfoTrac Web searchers immediate access to journal-detail descriptions, including complete journal name, ISSN, publisher name, audience rating, format, index, and full-text coverage dates.

Biography Resource Center

During the first 5 months of 2003, Gale added more than 40 published volumes to Biography Resource Center. These volumes contain 80,000 updated biographies as well as more than 300 brand-new entries that have not appeared in any Gale print source.


With the just-completed reload of the CPI.Q database, users will have access to more than 1.3 million articles as well as extended backfile coverage for 135 periodicals, including 57 active titles with full-text backfile coverage. Images are now available for 150 of the indexed periodicals.

Ward's Business Directory

Ward's Business Directory now provides details on 10,000 Mexican and 5,000 Canadian businesses, with an emphasis on privately held companies and hard-to-find data on small and mid-sized firms.

Consumer Reports

Gale will add Consumer Reports magazine to 13 of its online databases. Full-text articles, images, and full-page Adobe PDFs will be included. New full-text content will be added to the databases, with a 90-day embargo.

Source: Gale, Farmington Hills, MI, 248/699-4253;

EBSCO Publishing Releases InfoSci-Online

EBSCO Publishing announced the release of InfoSci-Online, a database produced by Idea Group, Inc. InfoSci-Online provides a comprehensive, full-text collection of literature from the field of information science, enhanced by the searching and linking technology of EBSCOhost.

InfoSci-Online includes book chapters, journal articles, case studies, and conference proceedings, all in Adobe PDF. This content covers research, trends, technologies, and challenges in the fields of information science, technology, and management published by Idea Group, Inc. imprints (Idea Group Publishing, Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, and CyberTech Publishing).

Updated monthly, the database grows annually by approximately 1,500 new book chapters, more than 250 journal articles and case studies, and more than 300 conference proceedings papers. Among the titles included are Journal of Distance Education Technologies, Journal of End-User Computing, Information Resources Management Journal, Annals of Cases on Information Technology, and Journal of Database Management.

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

CSA Launches Thesaurus, Integrates Database

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) announced the release of Biocomplexity Thesaurus, a free Web-based resource for the biocomplexity and bioinformatics communities. The company also announced the addition of theInternational Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) to its Internet Database Service.

Biocomplexity Thesaurus

Biocomplexity Thesaurus is the result of a 2 1/2-year partnership between CSA and the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII). CSA supplies NBII with biocomplexity-related bibliographic citations, editor-indexed Web sites, and other information products.


The IBSS database provides coverage of the core social science disciplines of sociology, politics, economics, and anthropology. It contains more than 2 million records published since 1951.

According to the announcement, IBSS aims to deliver comprehensive coverage of high-quality social science research from all over the world. It addresses all disciplines of interest to social scientists and reflects the interdisciplinary nature of modern social science research.

Source: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Bethesda, MD, 301/961-6700; Library Edition Adds New Service

Morningstar, Inc. has added a Help & Education Center to Library Edition, a Web site for libraries and their patrons. The new area provides a glossary of key terms, online courses, reference guides, and training seminars to help patrons learn about investing and improve their financial literacy.

The Help & Education Center includes the following:

• The Morningstar Investing Classroom, a resource that teaches the fundamentals of stock and fund investing with online courses and quizzes

• A new Glossary, which offers a database of 197 investment terms that appear throughout Morningstar's reports and tools

• Training Seminars, which demonstrate how to use the Library Edition's tools, such as Stock Screener or Portfolio X-Ray

• Patron's Guide, a quick reference that can be printed to help patrons navigate around the site

Librarians can obtain the customized version of through the company's Library Services unit, which offers sales support and customer service to more than 4,000 public, special, and academic libraries nationwide. Customers can sign up for a free 2-week trial at

Source: Morningstar, Inc., Chicago, 312/696-6000;

Swets Blackwell Unveils Journal Collection

Swets Blackwell announced the launch of the ALPSP Learned Journals Collection (ALJC), a database of 247 journals from 25 diverse publishers. ALJC enables small and medium-sized publishers to package their journals with a single umbrella license, pricing model, and delivery platform. The database is a collaboration between the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, Swets Blackwell, and Extenza.

ALJC allows customers to access high-quality e-journals directly via SwetsWise online content. Its 247 titles are available in both the full collection and in three discipline-specific packages: Medicine & Life Science (85 titles), Science & Technology (57 titles), and the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (129 titles).

Pricing is based on a percentage of ALJC's current collective print value and is guaranteed for 3 years. Both print-plus-electronic and electronic-only options are available. Customers can migrate from one to the other during the 3-year license agreement period.

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

Nature Rolls Out 10-Year Archive

Nature Publishing Group has announced the launch of the Nature Archive: January 1987—December 1996, a resource that provides online access to the 65,000 articles published in Nature during that 10-year period.

Users can freely search Nature's complete archives from a single interface ( or browse by issue ( Access to full-text articles from the Nature Archive 1987—1996 is available to users via a Nature Archive site license, which can be added to an existing Nature site license. Customers without a site license can purchase individual articles.

Until August 2003, subscriptions to Nature included access to the available online archive, which dates to June 1997. At no extra charge to personal or site-license subscribers, this access has now been extended to January 1997. The addition brings subscriptions in line with Nature Archive: January 1987—December 1996.

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

NISO Releases Guide for Publishers

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced that it has teamed with The Sheridan Press to issue Metadata Demystified: A Guide for Publishers. This work presents an overview of evolving metadata conventions in publishing as well as related initiatives designed to standardize how metadata is structured and disseminated online. Focusing on strategic rather than technical considerations, Metadata Demystified offers insight into how book and journal publishers can streamline metadata operations in their companies and leverage it for added exposure in digital media, including the Web.

Authors Amy Brand, Frank Daly, and Barbara Meyers explain what metadata is and isn't and talk about why metadata is important to both publishers and readers. In addition, they discuss specific book and journal-oriented metadata practices, such as ONIX, CrossRef, and the Open Archives Initiative.

Metadata Demystified is available for free download from NISO at
. It can also be purchased in hard copy from NISO Press for $20 plus shipping and handling.

Source: National Information Standards Organization, Bethesda, MD, 301/654-2512;

Ovid Integrates Medical Content with Microsoft Office

Ovid Technologies announced a new medical information research solution that's accessible through the Research and Reference Pane within Microsoft Office 2003 applications. Healthcare professionals who use Microsoft Office now have direct access to more than 900 leading medical and health sciences journals available through the Journals@Ovid database.

According to the announcement, the Ovid solution is designed for clinicians and medical researchers who require fast, accurate, and comprehensive answers to their questions. End users can now select terms directly from their Microsoft Office documents and use the "look up" feature to instantly launch a Journals@Ovid search session. Content is integrated within a user's desktop environment to provide one-click access to critical medical information.

Clinicians can purchase the material through Ovid's PayPerView feature. Or, if their institution is an Ovid subscriber, they can select an article and view the entire full text.

Source: Ovid Technologies, New York, 646/674-6300;

Information Today, Inc. Publishes Net Effects

Information Today, Inc. announced the publication of Net Effects: How Librarians Can Manage the Unintended Consequences of the Internet, edited by Marylaine Block.

According to the announcement, the Internet is challenging librarians' ability to select information sources. This threatens the survival of the book, necessitates continuous retraining, presents new problems of access and preservation, puts new demands on budgets, and involves information professionals in legal controversies. In Net Effects, librarian, journalist, and Internet guru Block examines the issues and brings together insights, war stories, and solutions.

The book comprises nearly 50 articles written by librarians. They suggest practical and creative ways to deal with the range of Internet "side effects," regain control of the library, and avoid being blindsided by technology.

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

Wiley InterScience Launches New Interface

Wiley InterScience announced the launch of a new interface. This update is a comprehensive redesign of the site's underlying information architecture and graphical interface.

Based on feedback from customers as well as scholarly and scientific society partners, the new interface provides prominent library and society branding to let both groups receive acknowledgement for ensuring that Wiley InterScience's essential content is accessible to the wider end-user community. It also offers enhanced search and navigation features that allow users to find the information they need in any discipline, across all types of online publications.

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

ebrary Unveils Library Center

ebrary announced that it has launched Library Center, a Web site for librarians and M.L.S. students. This resource provides research materials, industry news, and information about librarianship and related fields.

Library Center currently features a growing database of more than 30 full-text books that cover topics such as digital library development, general collection-development, and the history of libraries and librarianship, as well as illustrated guides from the Library of Congress. It also provides back issues of Advanced Technology Libraries, a leading industry newsletter that offers a concise monthly review of information technology that's relevant to libraries.

In addition, Library Center supplies simultaneous, multiuser access, full-text search within and across documents, advanced research capabilities, bookmarks, highlighting, annotations, and automatic citations.

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

Nstein Launches Knowledge Base Manager

Nstein Technologies, Inc. announced the launch of Knowledge Base Manager. This new module automates the creation and refinement process of knowledge bases, a data set needed for automated document indexing. In a single click, users can now trigger automatic processes that refine the documents' indexing precision. Knowledge Base Manager includes a complete test-indexing workbench that allows users to safely assess the global accuracy of their modifications.

Source: Nstein Technologies, Inc., Montreal, 514/908-5406;

CAS Introduces SciFinder 2004

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) announced the addition of new capabilities for chemical reaction exploration and analysis in SciFinder 2004. These enhancements are integrated with CAS's weekly updated reaction database, which now contains 7 million reactions.

SciFinder's new Analyzer Reactions tool lets scientists profile reactions in terms of relevant categories, such as the catalystused, the solvent involved, product yields, or the number of reaction steps. In addition, SciFinder 2004 provides structure searches of the entire CAS substance collection or allows focus by substance classes, such as coordination compounds, mixtures, polymers, etc.

Source: Chemical Abstracts Service, Columbus, OH, 614/447-3731;

SAGE Full-Text Collections to Add New Modules

SAGE Publications and Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA), the producers of SAGE Full-Text Collections, have announced that they will add Education and Psychology modules to the database in 2004.

SAGE Full-Text Collections is a research database of peer-reviewed academic journals from SAGE and participating societies. Subscribers have full-text electronic access to the most current issue of the journals and can link to CSA abstracting databases. In addition, they can access the journals' backfiles, many of which date back 20 years.

Source: SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA, 805/499-0721;



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