|Weekly News Digest
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H.W. Wilson Upgrades WilsonWeb
H.W. Wilson (http://www.hwwilson.com) introduced its upgraded WilsonWeb 2.4 service. Enhancements include persistent URLs for records, highlighted search terms, and some searching enhancements. The changes were made in response to suggestions from librarians and subscribers.
Full-text databases on earlier versions of WilsonWeb automatically searched the complete text of articles for search terms. Now users can set this option to suit their needs. The new default is to search only article titles, abstracts, subject headings, and other important bibliographic fields. The new Basic Search recognizes and executes Boolean operators automatically, and it returns results sorted by relevance.
Wilson also upgraded its hardware, including adding 20 percent more server capacity, strengthening processing power, increasing capacity and redundancy, and offering end-to-end response time monitoring.
Source: H.W. Wilson
Copernic Improves Desktop Search
Copernic announced the official launch of its new and improved desktop search product, Copernic Desktop Search (CDS) version 1.5. The final production release was launched after 5 weeks of extensive beta testing. Features in CDS 1.5 include smarter CPU resource usage, improved Mozilla Thunderbird support, broader metadata indexing, network drive indexing, support for Netscape 8, multiple performance increases, and more.
CDS brings the power of a search engine to a user's PC and allows for instant searching of files, e-mails, and e-mail attachments stored anywhere on a PC hard drive. Using a streamlined, intuitive user interface, CDS executes sub-second searching of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files; Acrobat PDFs; all popular music, picture, and video formats; contacts; browser history; and favorites.
CDS 1.5 works with Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP and Internet Explorer 5.0 or later. It can be downloaded for free from http://www.copernic.com/en/products/desktop-search.
LexisNexis Launches Total Search Version 3.0
LexisNexis announced the availability of LexisNexis Total Search 3.0. The new release includes all of the precision searching capabilities of the LexisNexis service along with the authority of the Shepard's Citations Service applied to internal documents.
LexisNexis Total Search lets researchers uncover relevant internal work product previously buried in a law firm's document collections. This enables lawyers to find existing pleadings, depositions, deal documents, corporate filings, and memoranda from firm authors, as well as comprehensive information from LexisNexis, all with one search performed on the lexis.com interface.
LexisNexis Total Search 3.0 includes:
- Precise proximity, Boolean searching of internal documents
- Enhanced drill-down to further refine internal results sets
- Ability to combine a citation search and a Boolean search within internal documents
- Usage tracking and reporting capabilities
- Ability to use the FOCUS feature in both LexisNexis and internal document results
- Support of additional document management systems, including iManage 8.0
- Cross-referencing for additional situation types, including Westlaw citations
For more information on LexisNexis Total Search, visit http://www.lexisnexis.com/totalsearch.
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