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August 30, 2004 — 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 ITIĺs Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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EBSCOhost Offers Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts

EBSCO Publishing ( announced the availability of Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts (IPCA) via the EBSCOhost interface. The release of IPCA rounds out a new suite of complementary databases available via EBSCOhost entitled the EBSCO Technical Package. This collection comprises five databases: Inspec, IPCA, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (ISTA), Computer Science Index (CSI), as well as a complementary full-text component. EBSCO claims that this collection of databases provides a comprehensive compilation of abstracts and indexing for the top journals in various fields of electronic information management and computer science. EBSCO acquired the IPCA and ISTA files in July 2003 from Information Today, Inc. (

Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts (formerly Microcomputer Abstracts) provides abstracts and indexing for literature related to personal computing products and developments in business, the Internet, the home, and all other applied areas. This resource contains content coverage that extends back to the 1980s. More than 400 trade publications, mainstream computer magazines, and professional journals are covered, including those that focus on specific topics such as Macintosh & Windows platforms, programming, Web development, and more. Special emphasis is also given to hardware and software reviews. The product includes content from such titles as, PC World, Macworld, and Linux Journal. The product also includes editor-selected articles from hundreds of popular magazine titles.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

CAS Adds Early 20th Century Research

CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), has expanded its "Scientific Century" project by making thousands of additional early 20th century articles from ACS journals and others available online. Planned for release in September, the enhanced content will enable researchers to access more than 7,000 additional records back to 1900, including publications even older than the beginning of Chemical Abstracts (CA). Since CAS announced the Scientific Century project in 2001, more than 3.5 million documents from the first half of the 20th century have been added to the online CA and CAplus files.

Included in the newly added information accessible through STN services, SciFinder and SciFinder Scholar, is material from ACS journals and other sources:

  • Journal of the American Chemical SocietyŚmore than 1,500 records, including abstracts for journal articles and summaries for book reviews.
  • Journal of Physical ChemistryŚmore than 5,200 records, including abstracts of articles published in the journal plus other "abstracts of interest" to the journal (i.e., published in other sources of the time).
  • More than 400 documents of lasting importance published from 1900 to 1912 in various sources and not originally covered in CA. These are landmark publications cited in CA/CAplus files since 1998.

Source: CAS

Lycos Launches Vertical Search Products

Lycos U.S., part of Terra Lycos, has unveiled two new vertical search tools designed to help users find people and topics. Lycos People Search retrieves information about people and aggregates information available in numerous online databases, including contact information, alumni directories, professional profiles (from Eliyon), and public records. Lycos Discussion Search retrieves information from Web public community boards and forums. The company says the new products are two key components of the company's personal connectivity strategy announced earlier this year.

Mark Stoever, CEO of Lycos U.S., said:

"We are pursuing a focused path where we know we can add value to our user and advertiser audiences by building on Lycos' core strengths in the areas of search and subscription personal publishing services. The emerging personal connections and publishing space is poised for dramatic growth, and our new connectivity products position us to capitalize on the current environment."

Source: Lycos U.S.

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