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July 11, 2005 — 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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Oxford Journals Launch Humanities Archive

Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press, announced the launch of its Humanities Archive, the first of five subject-based digital backfiles scheduled to be launched by early 2006. With its earliest material dating from 1829, the Humanities Archive contains more than 300,000 articles, including major papers in history, music, religion, philosophy, literary studies, and linguistics, from volume 1, issue 1 of each title to the end of 1995.

Four further subject-based archives in law, medicine, science, and social science will be released over the coming months. The Complete Archive, which includes all 141 journals in the subject-based archives (with no duplication of content) and an estimated 4 million article pages, is anticipated to be available from January 2006.

Each archive will be available for outright purchase (either for local loading or via remote access from the Oxford Journals server) or on annual subscription. Each archive contains material published up to December 1995. Accordingly, from 2006, a current subscription to any journal in the archive project will include access to the full text of all volumes back to January 1996. Special discounts on advance purchase of the archive are now available. For further details on this initiative, including a full list of titles in each archive, visit the Web site at

Source: Oxford Journals

Hoover’s Enhances Free Site

Hoover's, Inc., a D&B company, announced a Web site redesign that brings new content and improved navigation tools to nonsubscribers. The enhancements, which are available immediately at, are a direct response to customer input and mark the unveiling of the company's updated corporate brand identity. Hoover's free site now features new task-oriented functional pathways to its business insight and tools, many of which were previously only available to subscribers. The functional pathways—Research Companies & Industries, Find Business People, and Generate Custom Lists—reinforce that Hoover's offers more than simple searches for specific companies.

Hoover's is also making the content on its free site broader and deeper. Users of the site can now access a selection of Hoover's most-used subscriber tools, including Download to Excel, Build A Report, Build Company List (limited to the first 10 results), and Build Executive List. The company said that the new site more effectively showcases the value of Hoover's and also offers more opportunities for its advertisers and e-commerce partners. Hoover's covers 13 million companies, more than 14 million corporate executives, and 600 industries.

Along with the site enhancements, Hoover's has launched a refreshed corporate brand identity, which is captured in the company's new tagline: "Intelligence. Insight. Results." Hoover's has also updated its logo to feature a one-color design.

Source: Hoover's, Inc.

New Journal Utilization Solution Under Development

Thomson Scientific (, a business unit of The Thomson Corp., announced that it will begin deployment of a full-perspective journal utilization solution in 2005. It is being developed in partnership with Dartmouth College, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, Drexel University, the University of Melbourne, and others. The utilization solution will gather all journal usage data at an institution and place it in the context of institutional publishing and citation patterns to provide a 360-degree snapshot of journal use from the researcher's perspective as well as the influence that an institution's researchers are having on research worldwide based on their success as published authors.

The company said that development of the solution followed extensive review with academic librarians on the issues they face in managing their journal collections. The new resource plans to give institutions a complete picture of journal utilization, answering such questions as: Do publisher usage reports offer a complete picture of journal usage? What is the relationship between "impact factor" and the influence of a journal at an institution? Where are an institution's researchers publishing, and which journals are they citing?

Source: Thomson Scientific

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