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July 24, 2006 — 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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HighBeam Renames and Redesigns Its Free Encyclopedia

HighBeam Research, Inc. ( has renamed and redesigned its free online encyclopedia. Still available at the same URL (, the stand-alone service that was formerly named is now HighBeam Encyclopedia, consistent with the HighBeam family of brands—HighBeam Library, HighBeam Web, and HighBeam Reference. HighBeam Encyclopedia now offers a faster-loading design, improved navigation, and an interface with the same look and feel as the HighBeam Research Engine.

In addition to providing free access to more than 57,000 frequently updated encyclopedia articles from Columbia University Press, the new Encyclopedia is designed to make it easier for users to find newspaper and magazine articles from HighBeam Library that are directly related to an encyclopedia topic. Links to HighBeam Library's archive of more than 35 million articles from more than 3,000 sources appear along with encyclopedia results.

HighBeam Encyclopedia is now a more complementary fit with HighBeam Reference (, which includes more than 100 dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, and thesauruses, as well as more than 600,000 entries from more than 100 Oxford University Press reference titles covering science, medicine, technology, literature, finance, history, and the arts, among other subjects.

Source: HighBeam Research, Inc.

EBSCO Introduces New Complete Resources

EBSCO Publishing ( announced the release of several new full-text databases: Education Research Complete, Environment Complete, and Computers & Applied Sciences Complete.

Education Research Complete claims to provide the world's largest and most complete collection of full-text education journals. Topics covered include all levels of education and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. Education Research Complete also covers areas of curriculum instruction as well as administration, policy, funding, and related social issues. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1,500 journals, as well as full text for more than 750 journals. It also includes full text for more than 100 books and monographs and for numerous education-related conference papers.

Environment Complete is designed to provide deep coverage in applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, natural resources, marine and freshwater science, geography, pollution and waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more. Environment Complete contains more than 1,280,000 records from 1,200 domestic and international titles going back to the 1950s (including 642 active core titles) as well as 100 monographs. The database also contains the full text for 400 journals and 80 monographs. The database also offers full text for the conference papers of the North American Association of Environmental Education.

Computers & Applied Sciences Complete covers the spectrum of the applied sciences, representing collected knowledge on traditional engineering challenges and providing material for research concerning the business and social implications of new technology. This database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1,300 academic journals, professional publications, and other reference sources. Full text is also available for more than 500 periodicals. Research is aided by the inclusion of searchable cited references for key journals.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

CSA Adds New Databases

CSA ( announced it has added several new databases to its CSA Illumina online platform.

PsycCRITIQUES, published by the American Psychological Association (APA), is now available through the CSA Illumina platform. The database provides full-text access to reviews of current books and some popular films, videos, and software as well as comparative reviews of book reviews. PsycCRITIQUES replaces the print journal Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books. PsycCRITIQUES delivers approximately 20 reviews of psychological books, most from the current copyright year.

Two databases from the Center for Information and Numerical Data Analysis and Synthesis (CINDAS) at Purdue University have been newly integrated into the CSA Illumina platform— CINDAS Thermophysical Properties of Matter Database and CINDAS Microelectronics Packaging Materials Database. This provides a software solution that allows users to visualize the properties of selected materials under varying conditions.The databases are produced by CINDAS LLC, formed exclusively to disseminate materials properties data collected and analyzed at Purdue University.

Electronic access is now available to the full text of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) through CSA Illumina. The new collection, Environmental Impact Statements: Full-Text & Digests, provides access to draft and final versions of all EISs issued by the U.S. federal government since 2003. It also provides searchable access to digests of all EISs issued since 1985.

CSA specializes in publishing and distributing in print and electronically 100 bibliographic and full-text databases and journals in four primary editorial areas: natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, and technology.

Source: CSA

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