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January 14, 2008 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Readex Launches Crossroads—A Meeting of Minds

Readex (, a division of NewsBank and a provider of digital document collections, announced the release of Crossroads, a communications channel and community for students, teachers, and scholars. Crossroads lets researchers—working alone or in groups—provide background and commentary on digitized books, newspapers, government documents, and other materials in online collections. By helping users create scholarly communities, Crossroads is designed to facilitate research, encourage debate, and promote the sharing of ideas and discoveries.

Crossroads aims to meet a variety of academic research, teaching, and collaboration needs. Researchers can use it to organize and annotate online research materials, tag and bookmark documents for easy reference, and permanently save ongoing projects. For individuals interested in collaborating with others—whether around the world or within an institution—Crossroads acts as a platform for posting new research findings and for sparking scholarly discussion. Privacy functions allow project creators to keep their work private or to permit viewing and/or editing on a limited or unlimited basis.

In support of a course syllabus, teachers can create compilations of specific documents and customize those selections by annotating documents to define unfamiliar words, draw connections to other works, or pose discussion questions.

Source: Readex

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