|Weekly News Digest
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EBSCO Enhances LinkSource
EBSCO has enhanced LinkSource, its OpenURL link resolver, with new customization options and other features, including an expanded knowledgebase of more than 550 database definitions and 100 link templates. With these new options, the linking service can provide more access to full text across all of a library's e-resources, in ways that best meet the needs of many different institutions and library types.
Some new features include: automatic processing of A-to-Z export files, which can be used to configure the LinkSource menu quickly; the ability to prioritize access to full-text content; customizable text messages; access to the citation manager, allowing a librarian to enter directly the citation metadata to locate related resources; and, the option to display a single link that will accurately link to multiple databases, or separate links to each database, if an institution subscribes to more than one database from a single vendor.
LinkSource will continue to be offered with all-inclusive pricing, which the company says is unique to the industry. The fee for the service includes all training, support, the knowledgebase and its updates, and product configuration services, along with unlimited linking and customization.
New FindLaw for the Public Launches
FindLaw, a Thomson business and a provider of client development services for the legal profession, has launched a new version of its "FindLaw for the Public" Web site (http://public.findlaw.com/) with many new features, including a redesigned look-and-feel and state-specific legal content. It also offers users improved access to lawyers through searching the West Legal Directory (with one million lawyers listed) to find and research lawyers in their areas.
The new user interface offers tab-based site navigation and expanded topic-specific navigation for more than 40 legal topics. Other new features include expanded content on legal topics, such as bankruptcy law and criminal law and procedure, as well as links to national and state crime-prevention resources.
The new version offers expanded state content in popular legal consumer categories, including criminal law, DUI/DWI, divorce, and family law. This new content includes features the company says are not available on other Web sites, such as "Crimes A to Z," which provides definitions for more than 40 crimes and displays the relevant state law for each crime based on a user's ZIP code or metropolitan area. FindLaw for the Public also includes other state-specific resources, such as bail schedules and assistance for crime victims.
Ingenta Offers New Services for Publishers
Ingenta, Inc. has launched two new Web services and expanded the provision of a third for its publisher clients as part of an ongoing program of technical enhancements planned for 2004. The new tools are designed to add value to printed content online.
Content Tracker is a content monitoring tool that lets publishers view the progress of their content as it follows the online production process. The second new service allows publishers to enhance their printed material by adding Supplementary Data online. Editors can easily enhance their publications directly at article, issue, or publication title level, in a secure environment at any time. Using this facility, they could choose to add new research or supporting material, such as case studies, images, or primary research data. Ingenta has also expanded the existing Fast Track service to include content available at http://www.ingenta.com as well as http://www.ingentaselect.com. Fast Track enables clients to rapidly ‘publish' articles online, even prior to online publication of an issue.
Source: Ingenta, Inc.
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