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February 26, 2001 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Enhanced PAIS Database Now Available on OCLC FirstSearch

OCLC has announced that an enhanced version of public policy database PAIS International is now available on the OCLC FirstSearch service. The enhanced PAIS International includes new indexing and record displays, which make searching the database faster, easier, and more flexible. PAIS International on FirstSearch now features links to full text from other databases and electronic journals within FirstSearch, allowing users to access a growing number of articles online.

In addition, PAIS International on FirstSearch provides users with easy access to library holdings information and allows them to limit their searches to items held by their own library or to specific library collections. The link from FirstSearch to the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service lets users submit loan requests for materials they need quickly and efficiently. PAIS International on FirstSearch also integrates selected Web sites, as well as directory information for the journals, publishers, and distributors it covers. The materials included in the PAIS International database go back to 1972.

"The enhancements added to PAIS in January make it more valuable than ever to researchers investigating topics in world affairs, public policy, and the social sciences," said Lori Saviers, director of product marketing and licensing for OCLC's Reference and Resource Sharing Division. "PAIS International's global scope and inclusion of non-English-language materials make it an attractive resource for libraries around the world."

"Users will be very pleased with reloaded PAIS International's improved accessibility and, by extension, usability with the new FirstSearch functionality," said Debra Spruill, executive director of OCLC PAIS. "There are 17 new access points, including links to URLs and e-mail from the citations. And with links to FirstSearch full text, PAIS International is new again on FirstSearch."

PAIS ( and OCLC ( merged in January 2000.

Source: OCLC

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