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Dialog Enables Access to NTIS Reports

Dialog (, a business of The Thomson Corp., announced that a collection of more than 400,000 government-sponsored research reports distributed by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) is now available through the Dialog service. Dialog has enhanced the functionality of its search service to allow searchers accessing the NTIS Database (File 6 on Dialog) to identify and purchase full-text technical reports directly from their search result via electronic download. Reports will be delivered to searchers as PDF images. The reports cover a broad spectrum of subject categories, including aerospace, energy, the environment, health and safety, and many others.

The NTIS database on Dialog contains more than 2 million records, providing summaries of government reports. NTIS, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Administration, is the federal government's central repository and primary disseminator of scientific, technical, engineering, and related business information sponsored by the U.S. government and selected worldwide sources. It contains research provided from more than 240 U.S. government agencies, including NASA, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy. (The NTIS database is also available through a number of commercial search services, including CSA, EBSCO, Ovid, and STN, and through GOV.Research_Center, the NTIS online search service, at Dialog

ebrary Announces eBook Ordering Platform

ebrary ( announced that it has released the ebrary eBook Ordering Platform (eBOP) version 1.0 Beta. The new self-service platform enables librarians to search through ebrary's perpetual access e-books, recommend titles for acquisition by selectors, and build a custom database of e-books online. 

ebrary offers perpetual access e-books under both a simultaneous multi-user and single-user access model that does not require a check-out period. eBOP will also support ebrary's subscription e-book products in future releases. 

The key features and benefits of eBOP include:

  • Ability to upgrade purchased titles from a single-user to a multi-user license—ebrary offers usage statistics to help with the decision-making process
  • Browse before buying—eBOP allows librarians to view e-books in full text online before making a purchasing decision
  • Multiple search options including simple, advanced, and Boolean
  • Ability to preview pricing before ordering
  • Recommendations (eBOP allows librarians to view a listing of others who have recommended a given title; recommendations are immediately accessible by a library's authorized purchasing agent)
  • Ability to control access based on roles and responsibilities or authorization levels
  • Easy access to order histories
  • Immediate availability of purchased titles for existing ebrary customers
  • Ability to determine if the library already owns or subscribes to a given title before ordering

The eBOP beta is currently available to a select test group of ebrary customers and will be rolled out to the library market during the next quarter. Additional ebrary customers who are interested in beta testing eBOP are encouraged to send e-mail to Badsah Mukherji, ebrary's senior strategic product manager, at

Source: ebrary

Thomson Scientific Launches Online Learning Resource

Thomson Scientific ( announced the launch of a Web-based resource for regulatory intelligence training. Called Regulatory Online Learning, it integrates with IDRAC, which provides reference information for the drug development regulatory environment. IDRAC was acquired by Thomson in 2004.

The Regulatory Online Learning modules now available include the following:

  • Introduction to European Union institutions and regulatory authority (EMEA)
  • Introduction to U.S. institutions and regulatory authority (FDA)
  • Introduction to Japanese institutions and regulatory authorities
  • How to Register Medicinal Products through the Centralized Procedure

Twelve more Regulatory Online Learning modules are poised for launch later this year; a total of 16 training modules will be available for the first year of introduction. Further modules will be added subsequently. These modules will cater to three levels of expertise: Introductory, Practical (to include case studies), and Strategic. Online learning modules are developed by IDRAC experts, assisted by an international network of consultants and partners. Content of all modules will be continually updated and complemented by an e-Testing capability that will enable online knowledge testing after each module has been completed.

Source: Thomson Scientific

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