|Weekly News Digest
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Google Adds Search by Number Feature
Google has released a new feature called Search by Number for users to find information related to parcel tracking IDs, patents, and other specialized numbers. For example, typing "fedex" followed by a space and a FedEx tracking number will return the latest information on a package.
Search by Number offerings include:
- UPS tracking numbers example search: [1Z9999W999999999]
- FedEx tracking numbers example search: [fedex 999999999999]
- Patent numbers example search: [patent 5123123]
- FAA airplane registration numbers (usually found on tail): [n199ua]
- FCC equipment IDs example search: [fcc B4Z-34009-PIR]
Google by Number is available now on Google.com to all English language users throughout the world. International versions will be made available in the coming months. More information can be found here: http://www.google.com/help/features.html#number. The company seeks suggestions for other types of numbers to search.
Alacritude to Add Gale Content
Alacritude announced a deal with Thomson Gale to add millions of articles from Gale to eLibrary, which is primarily marketed to individuals. With the addition of Thomson Gale's content, eLibrary provides access to more than 28 million documents from 2,600 sources, going back as far as 20 years. Sources in eLibrary include newspapers, periodicals, newsletters, directories, and transcripts from television and radio stations (including cable television companies).
Alacritude is working on a new research engine that it will launch in early 2004, and will be announcing a new company name. The company said the new research engine will make it easy for individual researchers to locate, organize, and deliver answers. The new service will combine tools for searching the Web and proprietary databases such as Gale's. Alacritude also publishes the Encyclopedia.com and Researchville.com sites.
Source: Alacritude, LLC
WilsonWeb Databases Link to Ingenta Full Text
H.W. Wilson announced that WilsonWeb customers can now click from article citations on WilsonWeb to the full text on Ingenta, courtesy of the SFX-powered, OpenURL linking technology integrated into WilsonWeb at no additional charge. WilsonWeb database subscribers who have not enabled free subscriber access on Ingenta can also purchase individual articles from Ingenta for a fee. Ingenta offers access to nearly 6,000 electronic full-text titles (and millions of articles) from leading scholarly and professional publications.
WilsonWeb's full-text periodical databases deliver numerous full-text articles. However, WilsonWeb also enables libraries to integrate their OpenURL compliant databases—including Ingenta's—without the expense of installing or maintaining their own link server. If the full text of a cited article isn't available on WilsonWeb, the user simply clicks the WilsonLink icon for an automatic search of all the open-URL compliant databases to which the library subscribes, no matter what vendor. This SFX-powered technology is licensed from ExLibris.
Source: H.W. Wilson
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