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September 13, 2010 — 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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H.W. Wilson Enhances WilsonWeb; Partners With OCLC’s WorldCat Local

H.W. Wilson announced a new round of enhancements for WilsonWeb. The latest improvements include enhancements to the interface, to the ReadSpeaker text-to-speech converter, and to a number of databases—offering more versatile access and expanding the range of research available.

With enhancements to the ReadSpeaker text-to-speech converter, users can now highlight specific sections of text for listening—the most relevant parts of long articles. Listeners can regulate the speed of narration—a boon for users who struggle with English.

Some of the improvements include the following:

  • Users can now translate WilsonWeb full-text articles into Swedish—new to the electronic translation options—as well as Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
  • Librarians can post a new Embedded Widget on the WilsonWeb search results screen that allows users to discuss subjects related to their search topic.
  • A hotlinked e-journal icon now appears in citations to e-journals, highlighting the availability of these journals online.
  • New journals have been added to full-text coverage—114 since the start of the year—in OmniFile and other Wilson full-text databases.

In related news, popular databases from H.W. Wilson are now accessible through the OCLC WorldCat Local service. Twenty-one databases have been added to the WorldCat Local central index; eight more are accessible remotely via a Z39.50 search of WilsonWeb.

Source: H.W. Wilson

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