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May 23, 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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STN Service to Offer New Analytical Software

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS; and FIZ Karlsruhe ( have announced STN AnaVist—new software that will give information professionals a variety of ways to analyze and visualize information found in scientific literature and patents using the STN online service. The software will be released this summer.

STN AnaVist creates an interactive workspace with a range of data visualizations to interpret patent and research data and lets users identify relationships between data. The software permits analysis of information from three scientific resources: the CAplus database of scientific literature and patent information, the USPATFULL patent database, and the PCTFULL patent database. Users can import search results into STN AnaVist from the STN Express software. There's also an integrated concept search capability within STN AnaVist.

STN International, an online service for science and technology, offers a collection of more than 220 databases. The service is provided jointly through a North American service center (operated by CAS in Columbus, Ohio), a European service center (operated by FIZ Karlsruhe in Karlsruhe, Germany), and a Japanese service center (operated by the Japan Science and Technology Agency in Tokyo).

Source: Chemical Abstracts Service and FIZ Karlsruhe

Innovative to Enhance Library Subscription Access Through Google Scholar

Innovative Interfaces ( announced that it has entered into a development partnership with Michigan State University Libraries to allow enhanced access to the Libraries' subscription resources through Google Scholar. Millennium, Innovative's integrated library management system, will automatically create the institutional holdings data that will inform Google Scholar of the Libraries' resources.

When users search Google Scholar, the results set will provide the searcher with a WebBridge link to those resources available through Michigan State University Libraries. WebBridge allows library patrons to move between electronic search results and appropriate full text or other enhanced content—including the online library catalog. When a patron selects the WebBridge button, the library's coverage database is consulted to uncover the resources that will best fulfill the patron query.

The partnership with Michigan State will ensure that Google Scholar can perform a similar function before the WebBridge button is even displayed for the library users. In this way, the button will appear more prominently if there is a resource available that matches one of the items in the Google Scholar database. The first step toward making this possible will be the typical designation of Google Scholar as a WebBridge target and origin. The development partnership provides the second step of sharing the data in a form that can be accepted and crawled by Google.

Source: Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Marquis Announces Who’s Who in American History

Marquis Who's Who, a 100-year old biographical publisher (, announced the addition of more than 70,000 digitized historical biographies to its online database, Marquis Who's Who on the Web. The company said the launch of this new online product—Who's Who in American History—represents the first phase of a major digitization initiative that will provide a "one-of-a-kind research database" for library patrons, students, historians, genealogists, and other researchers interested in learning about important and noteworthy people from America's past.

A simple, intuitive search screen allows researchers to find people by name, occupation, historical era, or birth and death information. They can also search by using keywords to identify important figures associated with historical events, such as military battles, inventions, explorations, civil rights movements, and more. Also available are collections of names under such categories as Firsts and Other Notables, U.S. Government and Law, and Historical Events. With the addition of historical archives to its existing online database of more than 1 million biographies, Marquis Who's Who on the Web now encompasses more than 5 centuries of biographies.

The digitization initiative from its print product will be completed during the summer of 2005 as Marquis adds approximately 40,000 additional biographies to its online database. Free trials of the service are available.

Source: Marquis Who's Who

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