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July 12, 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 ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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EBSCO Rolls Out New and Enhanced Databases

EBSCO Publishing (http://www.ebsco.com) made four database announcements at the American Library Association meeting in late June. Added to EBSCOhost are The Catholic Periodical Literature Index; Computer Science Index; and 2 more H.W. Wilson databases, Current Biography Illustrated and Book Review Digest, bringing the total to 16 Wilson files on the service. In addition, The American Humanities Index produced by Whitston Publishing (an imprint of EBSCO Publishing), has recently included indexing from more than 200 additional humanities titles, bringing its coverage of the humanities to more than 1,000 journals.

Developed through the partnership between the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) and the Catholic Library Association (CLA), The Catholic Periodical and Literature Index provides a detailed reference resource for in-depth research into Catholicism and related issues. The database contains more than 300,000 records covering Roman Catholic publications.

Computer Science Index (formerly called Computer Literature Index), a database created by EBSCO Publishing, contains more than 300,000 records from more than 500 periodicals and books, with coverage dating back to the mid-1950s.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

Ingenta Adds RSS Feeds to Service

Ingenta, Inc. (http://www.ingenta.com) announced the launch of the second version of the IngentaConnect beta Web site (http://www.ingentaconnect.com), which includes RSS (Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary) feeds as a feature of the Ingenta service. The company says it is one of the first sites of its kind to implement RSS for e-journal alerting. Ingenta plans to extend the types of RSS feeds offered from IngentaConnect as the site develops.

RSS is a Web syndication protocol that allows publishing of "headlines" from any Web site in a machine-readable XML-based format. Users will now be able to sign up for feeds of new issues loaded for journals they are interested in, showing the latest issue numbers and dates with a link to the full tables of contents on ingentaconnect.com.

A new release of the beta site will launch every month in the lead-up to its go-live date in the fall. The third beta due to launch in late July will introduce e-commerce and pay-per-view features. We reported on the first launch in a NewsBreak in early June: http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbreader.asp?ArticleID=16435.

Source: Ingenta, Inc.

HighBeam Beefs Up Its Research Engine

HighBeam Research (http://www.highbeam.com) announced several improvements to its research engine. Members can now specify a list of multiple publications to search at once and may also exclude a list of publications from a search. Members can apply the same functionality to their e-mail alerts, as well. In addition to the improvements to research tools, HighBeam Research added more than 4 million documents to its eLibrary archive, which now provides access to a collection of 32 million articles and images from more than 2,800 news wires and newspapers; business, consumer, and industry magazines and journals; transcripts; images; and reference sources.

HighBeam Research has also expanded the depth of coverage for the more than 500 newspapers included in the eLibrary archive. HighBeam Research added more than 5 million documents to the newspaper archive, which now goes back as far as 23 years.

The company said that more than 600,000 individual researchers have registered for its free Basic Membership since the Jan. 26, 2004 launch of its research engine.

Source: HighBeam Research



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