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December 27, 2004 — 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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ProQuest Enhances Service Based on Customer Feedback

ProQuest Information and Learning announced a new release of its online ProQuest service that offers new features and enhanced functionality. The improvements, which further support research needs and emerging library trends, include author profiles, enhanced searching and alerts, XML gateway, addition of dissertations and theses, improved authentication, and more.

Newly added features and functionality include the following:

  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (formerly ProQuest Digital Dissertations) has been renamed and moved to the ProQuest platform. It now supports OpenURL and federated searching. A migration information center page available from the ProQuest home page ( helps customers with the transition.
  • Author Profiles from Scholar Universe now link inside ABI/INFORM.
  • Improved bar-code authentication makes it easier to set up and authenticate users to access ProQuest databases.
  • Durable links are shorter in article citations and My Research Summary, due to improved technology.

Since mid-November, the service has also offered these enhancements: new e-mail alerting, an XML gateway server as an alternative to the current Z39.50 interface, suggested topics for more cross-searchable database combinations from Smart Search, and an improved local administrator interface.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning

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