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EBSCO Expands International Humanities Coverage

EBSCO Publishing (http://www.ebsco.com) announced that the American Humanities Index (AHI) has expanded to become the Humanities International Index. The new database, along with its full-text companion, Humanities International Complete, will continue to be produced by Whitston Publishing (an imprint of EBSCO Publishing), which has produced the AHI since 1975. EBSCO said the expansion was in response to the growing demand for coverage of international content.

Whitston publisher Michael Laddin said: "After 30 years, it was time for American Humanities Index to take the next logical step based on what our customers and the market are looking for. It has taken more than two years to research, collect, and index the many hundreds of titles added to American Humanities Index to create Humanities International Index. This includes adding backfile content for key humanities journals that librarians have told us they wanted."

Humanities International Index provides indexing of journals, books, and other published sources from around the world, with a focus on literary, scholarly, and creative thought. It contains more than 1.6 million records and provides coverage of more than 1,900 titles dating as far back as 1925.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

Snapdata Launches Company Portraits Series

Market research firm Snapdata International Group (http://www.snapdata.com) launched its new Company Portraits Series at the Online Information 2005 event in London last week. Utilizing the historical market share data from 2000 onward, Company Portraits provides a unique company profile based on global market presence. According to CEO Debra Curtis: "Because of the demand for these historical market share trends and the thousands of companies to be covered, we have initially produced a selection of companies across a range of industries, and will continue to publish further titles on a priority request basis. The establishment of the companies covered in different markets will vary from the traditional, established markets of General Motors to the new and fast growing presence of China Mobile."

The core product range of Snapdata International continues to be the Snapshots Series, a collection of more than 7,000 reports covering some 28 industry markets across more than 40 countries. They provide an instant Snapshot of a single market in a single country. Complementing these is the Global Panorama Series (GPS). Introduced in 2004, the GPS is a collection of more than 250 global and regional overviews covering countries representing more than 80 percent of world GDP. They are based on the strengths of the Snapshots Series, which enables the reports to be built from the bottom up. Each report contains the same core market size data as found in the Snapshots Series, in the same easy-to-understand format.

Source: Snapdata International Group

Elsevier Introduces New Nursing/Allied Health Database

Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com) introduced the beta version of EMCare, a new bibliographic database drawn from more than 2,700 international source titles that includes close to 2 million records from the nursing, allied health, and biomedical literature. The company said EMCare is competitively priced and designed to be an affordable alternative to other nursing and allied health databases. EMCare includes unique content not found in other nursing and allied health databases and features 1,200 titles not covered by Elsevier's EMBASE. The new database will be updated weekly and will be available on several commercial online hosts starting in January 2006.

EMCare provides cover-to-cover indexing of more than 2,700 international source titles, including peer-reviewed journals, trade publications, and electronic-only titles. It currently features a 10-year backfile and will add close to 250,000 new records each year. Coverage is comprehensive and includes evidence-based healthcare; all nursing specialties and professions; nursing education and training; nursing development and management; health and healthcare economics; midwifery; clinical, medical, and healthcare social work; psychiatry and mental health; traumatology; emergency and critical care medicine; emergency services; biomedicine; dental hygiene; nutrition and dietetics; physical therapy; and surgical technology.

Underlying the indexing is EMTREE, Elsevier's Life Science Thesaurus, which has been significantly expanded with close to 1,500 nursing terms in addition to existing allied health terms.

Source: Elsevier



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