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Weekly News Digest

March 22, 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Britannica Offers Original Sources for Licensing

Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. ( announced a new online service for licensing to colleges and universities called Encyclopaedia Britannica's Original Sources, which provides a collection of primary source documents on almost every subject—more than 350,000 documents, including 5,500 full-length books. The collection was developed in cooperation with Western Standard of Orem, Utah.

The new service includes extensive holdings in world history, U.S. history, science and mathematics, social science, political science and law, philosophy and religion, literature, and language. The contents of the site are fully searchable and accessible through easy-to-navigate subject headings. The purpose of the service is to provide easy access to the vital records of civilization, the kind of documents researchers at the university level need. It includes the collected works of Shakespeare, the writings of Plato and Aristotle, the scientific breakthroughs of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein in their own words, important historical documents, and hundreds of thousands of others.

Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

EasyAsk Enhances Enterprise Search Solution

EasyAsk announced EasyAsk Enterprise 9, version 9.1, a "universal information access solution," which offers enterprise search brokering (search multiple sources transparently), contextual navigation for structured and unstructured content, and more. By extending its search and navigation technology across business functions, such as selling, servicing, employee self-service, and business intelligence, EasyAsk Enterprise 9 can enable organizations to accelerate business decision making. The company also said that has selected the enterprise search and navigation technology for its site.

Sue Feldman, vice president, content technologies research at IDC, said: "The latest version of EasyAsk Enterprise 9 pulls together both content and data from scattered locations across the enterprise so that users from any business unit can get a complete picture of what is going on within their customer relationships, their e-mail, their e-commerce, or their internal processes. By enabling enterprises to connect any kind of information collection—database, documents, or external news feeds—to a single point of access, EasyAsk helps ensure that no vital nuggets of information are missed."

Source: EasyAsk

New Reactions Database from Wiley

Wiley InterScience, the online content service of global publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced that Organic Reactions, a comprehensive new database devoted exclusively to important synthetic reactions, will be introduced for the first time to the attendees of the ACS meeting in Anaheim, Calif., beginning on March 29. Organic Reactions is scheduled to officially launch in mid-April (at:

Organic Reactions presents chemistry from a preparative point of view, with a focus on reaction limitations, interfering influences, the effects of chemical structure, and the selection of experimental conditions. The database includes detailed procedures that illustrate the significant modifications of the chemical reaction, and tables that include all the pertinent examples of the reaction. Each reaction is presented with information about the reaction conditions, products and yields where available, and is fully referenced to the primary literature.

New data will be added to Organic Reactions on a continuous basis. Cross-Ref will enable linking to primary literature references regardless of the publisher's identity, and internal links to Wiley's other databases, such as Organic Syntheses, will be added in future enhancements, so the paths between databases will be facilitated seamlessly.

Source: Wiley InterScience

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