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Majors Scientific Books Now Available Through EBSCO, Inmagic

In separate statements, both EBSCO ( and Inmagic ( have announced deals with Majors Scientific Books (, the largest distributor of scientific, technical, and medical (STM) books to the health sciences and professional marketplace. Majors distributes titles for over 500 publishers, with a database of over 120,000 titles. Serving libraries since 1909, Majors has distribution centers in Dallas and Atlanta.

Book titles from Majors Scientific Books are now available through EBSCO Book Services, an online book searching and ordering service, as well as EBSCO Corporate Services, a Web-based subscription and book-ordering tool designed for corporations. The EBSCO services give users desktop access to a large selection of books in various disciplines, along with contemporary fiction and nonfiction. The agreement with Majors will provide users with access to an additional 120,000 STM titles.

Inmagic, Inc., a developer of knowledge management and special library software, announced that Majors publications are now accessible to users, allowing them to purchase books online and eliminate the manual entry of data by downloading core bibliographic data directly into the catalog.

", a core component of Inmagic's DB/TextWorks database product, allows users to save literally hundreds of person-hours over the life of the application [by] ending the repetitive effort of manually cataloging bibliographic data," said Gerry Brown,'s vice president of business development. "The leveraging of Majors' outstanding reputation as a quality provider of scientific and medical books will serve our customers well in terms of meeting their needs in this specialized niche."

By clicking on the menu item in the menu bar of any open DB/TextWorks database, users can select Majors as their information vendor, purchase books, and employ a secure and easy-to-use two-step process to download the core bibliographic data for each book into the database. A data-mapping utility in allows users to define relationships between fields in chosen DB/TextWorks databases and the individual bibliographic fields for the books that vendors provide.

Sources: EBSCO and Inmagic, Inc.

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