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Searcher Magazine
VOLUME 19 • NUMBER 1 • January/February 2011
The Magazine for Database Professionals
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Searcher's Voice
New Platforms

bq gets on her platform to talk about new platforms that are debuting from longtime information services.
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The Answer Machine
Are We There Yet?
In the special January 2000 “Millennium” Searcher issue, Susan Feldman wrote an article titled “The Answer Machine,” which examined how consumers and workers found and used information. Eleven years later, the lines separating personal and workplace information-seeking have blurred and Feldman is revisiting the searcher landscape to see what has changed — and not always for the better.

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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.New Platforms Are Transforming the Business Research Process
Barbie E. Keiser investigates whether new platforms from major business database services such as Dow Jones/Factiva, OneSource, and Hoover’s are an indication that these vendors are undergoing a shift in content, presentation, and target audience that will permanently alter the business research paradigm.

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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.The New ProQuest Dialog and What’s Next?
Self-proclaimed Dialog groupie Amelia Kassel takes an in-depth look at how well ProQuest has lived up to its promise of turning Dialog into a 21st-century search system. She provides tables, sidebars, and screen shots to help users navigate through all the upgrades and changes.

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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.New Platforms in Legal Information
Bloomberg, LexisNexis, Westlaw
Law librarian Carol Ebbinghouse appraises the latest platforms from the legal info field, noting what’s to like, and what’s not to like, about three new products: Bloomberg Law, WestlawNext, and Lexis Advance. She also delves deep into each company’s privacy policies to see how well users’ personal information is being protected.

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Find the postal and electronic addresses, phone and fax numbers for all the companies, products, and people mentioned in this issue.

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