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BBC Launches U.K.-Focused Search Engine

The BBC has launched BBCi Search, an advertising-free site that's designed to "offer a trusted guide to the Web." The search results are promised to be "family-friendly," since BBCi blocks sites that are pornographic, offensive, or that could "incite hatred on the grounds of race, religion, or sexual orientation." BBCi Search delivers access to U.K. and foreign Web sites, but hierarchical preference is given to the most relevant U.K. sites. Users do have the option to isolate U.K.-only search results. The service, available from the BBC home page (http://www.bbc.co.uk), is powered by Google. (BBCi is the name for the BBC's interactive services that work across the Web, interactive TV, and hand-held devices.)

BBCi editors have also picked some sites as "BBCi Recommended." These are labeled in the search results. According to information on the BBCi page, the editors recommend sites that do the following:

  • Benefit a U.K. audience
  • Educate and entertain or are genuinely useful
  • Are judged to be the best at what they do
  • Are accurate and reliable sources of information
  • Cover their subject area thoroughly and imaginatively
  • Contain up-to-date information
  • Are easy to use and fast to load
Source: BBC

EBSCO Announces New Databases, Linking Agreement for EBSCOhost

EBSCO Publishing (http://www.ebsco.com) has announced that the Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) is now available through EBSCOhost. HAPI, which is produced by the Latin American Center at UCLA, is a source of authoritative, global information about Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean basin, the U.S./Mexican border region, and Hispanic Americans. HAPI contains complete bibliographic citations to articles, book reviews, documents, original literary works, and other materials that appear in more than 400 social science and humanities journals published throughout the world. Libraries that subscribe to both HAPI and an EBSCOhost full-text database, such as Academic Search Premier, will be able to link from citations within HAPI to the corresponding full-text articles in these databases.

EBSCO Publishing has also released Información de Salud para los Consumidores, a new Spanish-language consumer health database. It is offered via EBSCOhost Español, EBSCO's Spanish-language search interface.

The company also announced that it has enabled article-level linking from EBSCOhost to the full-text articles available in the JSTOR archive. The initial implementation of this agreement will facilitate full-text links from all EBSCOhost proprietary databases as well as the MEDLINE database. These databases will link to many of the 218 titles that are currently available in JSTOR's five archival collections (Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, General Science, Ecology & Botany, and Business). JSTOR is an independent, not-for-profit organization.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

Pilot Program to Provide Internet Access to Criminal Case Files

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (http://www.uscourts.gov) has announced that the Judicial Conference of the U.S. has approved a pilot program to allow 11 federal courts (10 trial and one appellate) to provide Internet access to criminal case files. (The 27-member Judicial Conference is the principal policy-making body of the federal court system.) Users can access these files (along with most civil and bankruptcy case records) through the federal courts' PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) system for 7 cents per page. Information about PACER and a list of participating courts can be found at http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/links.pl.

The Judicial Conference also agreed to allow Internet access to criminal files in high-profile cases that impose extraordinary demands on court resources. Electronic access would be permitted only if all parties consent and the trial or presiding judge of an appellate panel finds that such access is warranted.

Source: Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts



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