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November 3, 2003 — 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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Dialog Adds New Medical Databases

Dialog, a Thomson business, announced that it has added three files of epidemiological data to its collection of medical information available through its Dialog online service. The three new files now available exclusively through Dialog are Hospital Inpatient Profiles (File 462), Hospital Outpatient Profiles (File 463) and Emergency Room (File 454). Each is composed of data compiled in the U.S. The databases are provided by Timely Data Resources (, based in Capitola, Calif., which also supplies Dialog with its Incidence and Prevalence database (File 465), also available exclusively through Dialog.

The Hospital Inpatient Profiles file provides data on more than 7,000 diseases afflicting U.S. hospital inpatients. The data originate from the annual National Hospital Discharge Survey, covering approximately 270,000 inpatient records from about 500 hospitals. The Hospital Outpatient Profiles file provides data on more than 2,400 diseases afflicting outpatients surveyed as part of the annual National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS), a national probability sample of hospital visits. The research is conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Emergency Room file, also based on the CDC's NHAMCS research, covers 2,600 diseases.

Source: Dialog

ProQuest Links to Project MUSE Journals

ProQuest Information and Learning will link abstract and index records from its online databases with the full text of scholarly journals in Project MUSE, a collection of 220 peer-reviewed scholarly journals from 36 publishers in humanities and social sciences. Project MUSE is managed by The Johns Hopkins University Press in cooperation with the Milton S. Eisenhower Library.

The distribution agreement brings links to the full text of journals in Project MUSE to ProQuest online databases, including Literature Online, PCI-Full Text, International Index to Music Periodicals, and International Index to Performing Arts. ProQuest Information and Learning, a unit of ProQuest Co., creates and distributes databases for libraries and educational institutions worldwide. Project MUSE offers its journals online by subscription to educational institutions. The two services have agreed to provide links between their databases for institutions that subscribe to both services.

ProQuest supports OpenURL linking for both inbound and outbound links. ProQuest has established linking agreements with providers such as JSTOR, Swets, Ingenta, OCLC, and more. ProQuest supports linking via CrossRef, which enables access to content for more than 200 publishers. In addition, ProQuest proactively facilitates linking with all major link resolvers and A-Z journal list service providers, such as Serials Solutions (ArticleLinker, JournalLinker), ExLibris (SFX), Endeavor (LinkFinderPlus), Innovative Interfaces (WebBridge), TDNet, etc., and document retrieval services, such as Infotrieve and CISTI.

Source: ProQuest

Mergent to Include JCF Group Earnings Forecast Information

Global business and financial information provider Mergent, Inc., and JCF Group, Inc., a European-based provider of global earnings estimates and international equity analytical models, announced an alliance to integrate JCF Group information into various Mergent products, which include customized data feeds, desktop and browser-based platforms, comprehensive annual manuals, quarterly investment handbooks, etc.

Current Mergent clients can now access JCF Group's global information through Mergent Online. Soon, Mergent will incorporate JCF Group's global information into more of its printed handbooks and manuals. Through a network of offices around the world, JCF Group gathers international data from more than 650 brokers to deliver earnings estimates data. In time, JCF Group will make its consensus and broker-attributed estimates data available through a wide selection of Mergent products.

Source: Mergent, Inc.

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