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February 25, 2002 — 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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CSA Unveils Two New Engineering Databases

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) has just introduced two new bibliographic databases that concentrate on core areas of engineering and feature cited references: CSA Civil Engineering Abstracts ( and CSA Mechanical & Transportation Engineering Abstracts ( For complimentary 30-day access to the databases, visit

These databases are designed to provide in-depth, comprehensive coverage of the international literature for each engineering specialty while offering record/file features that enable effective searching and retrieval. The databases are drawn from a source list of more than 3,000 engineering-related journals (including many that are not covered by other engineering databases) and provide backfiles to 1966.

CSA Civil Engineering Abstracts and CSA Mechanical & Transportation Engineering Abstracts are available through CSA's Internet Database Service, which offers features such as unlimited sitewide use, links to full text, and the Web Resources Database. The databases are the first files published by CSA to include a cited-references field that reproduces the bibliography from the journal article.

According to the announcement, the launch of CSA Civil Engineering Abstracts and CSA Mechanical & Transportation Engineering Abstracts reflects CSA's plans to expand its long-standing publishing operations in the area of engineering. Other engineering databases currently published by CSA include CSA Aerospace & High Technology Database, CSA Computer Information & Technology Collection, ANTE: Abstracts in New Technologies and Engineering, and CSA Materials Science Collection with METADEX.

Source: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts

FAST, Lycos Offer Co-Branded Service

Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), a developer of search and real-time alert technologies, has announced the launch of FAST PartnerSite, an integrated search-engine-submission and hosted-site search service for Web sites. FAST and Terra Lycos have also announced that Lycos will be the first portal distributor in the U.S. to offer FAST PartnerSite via the new co-branded Lycos InSite service ( FAST has chosen not to market PartnerSite directly but to rely on channel partners.

Lycos InSite consists of two service options. Lycos InSite Select lets Web site owners submit their sites to Lycos for guaranteed inclusion in the Lycos (FAST) Web index within 48 hours. The cost starts at $30 a year ($18 membership plus $12 per URL). Lycos InSite Pro offers both paid inclusion and hosted site search, giving Web site owners access to Lycos' search functionality within their sites. The cost is $189 per month for up to 250 Web pages; $279 per month for 251 to 500 pages.

Powered by FAST, Lycos InSite differentiates itself from other paid search services by listing only the most relevant results first, according to the announcement. Since Lycos InSite guarantees inclusion and not placement or rankings, search result relevancy is not compromised. The service also guarantees that FAST's crawler will re-index Lycos InSite results every 48 hours, thus ensuring that the freshest content is available for Web and site searches.

To learn more about FAST PartnerSite or to register as a user, go to Users can also register via FAST's search engine AllTheWeb (
Terra Lycos is a global Internet network that operates in 43 countries in 20 languages. Created by the combination of Terra Networks, S.A. and Lycos, Inc. in October 2000, Terra Lycos is reportedly one of the most popular Internet networks in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and is the largest Internet access provider in Spain and Latin America.

Sources: FAST and Terra Lycos

SciQuest Launches New Products Derived from SciCentral

SciQuest, Inc. (, a software, information, and services company that provides solutions to enhance research operations for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other research-based organizations, has announced the release of two new products, Newsfeed and Private Portal. Both were derived from SciCentral, SciQuest's research information portal.

The SciCentral Newsfeed will provide to the customer's Web site a daily supply of qualified, breaking research headlines that pertain to the biopharmaceutical area. SciQuest's technology allows for customization to match the host site's look, feel, and branding. For a modest monthly investment, companies can augment their Web presence with peer-reviewed scientific content from a proven and credible source, according to the announcement. Implementation only requires a few hours from the customer.

The SciCentral Private Portal consists of a more complete version of the SciCentral Web site, with the branding, site navigation, and look and feel of the customer's site. The Private Portal includes news from 100 disciplines and resources that have been uniquely screened for scientists. This set of resources can be useful for organizations that wish to make their sites a default or destination home page for scientists.

Once installed, Newsfeed and Private Portal will be updated daily by the SciCentral team of scientific editors and will require no additional maintenance by the customer.

Source: SciQuest, Inc.

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