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January 28, 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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FindLaw Launches Corporate Counsel Center

A new resource tailored to the needs of corporate counsel is now available on FindLaw (, a leading legal Web site. According to the announcement, the FindLaw Corporate Counsel Center ( is a one-stop resource for industry-specific news and commentary, business intelligence, and powerful timesaving tools to help attorneys in corporate legal departments find the right information and the right outside counsel needed to manage the legal and regulatory side of business.

The Corporate Counsel Center provides information by industry (such as financial services, technology, and healthcare) and by practice area (including tax, intellectual property, and labor law). Each area offers current news, a library and links to associations, and government resources and content on Westlaw, all related to the selected industry or practice area. In the research tools area, practitioners can conduct free searches of case law, Supreme Court opinions, and legal Web sites, or browse an online catalog to purchase related print materials. Corporate attorneys also can search for qualified outside counsel by practice area, attorney name, and firm name via the West Legal Directory.

Source: FindLaw, Inc.

Elsevier Science Enhances Scirus Search Engine

Elsevier Science ( has announced a new look and easier-to-use interface for its science-specific search engine, Scirus ( A new release of the search tool has a redesigned layout that makes it even easier and quicker to find scientific information on the Internet. Further improvements to Scirus include a refreshed and updated index, including access to the source, enhancements to the advanced search functionality, and a new Scirus Advisory Board.

The search and results pages now have a cleaner, smarter design and are easier to navigate, so that users can pinpoint scientific information, locate university sites, and find reports and articles in a clutter-free and efficient manner. The index of Scirus has been increased to cover more than 85 million science-related pages, including access to about 180,000 e-prints contained within the archive (formerly This electronic archive and distribution server for research papers is fully automated and covers topics like physics, mathematics, non-linear sciences, and computer science. The advanced search facility of Scirus has also been enhanced. Users can now ask for results that fall within a specified date range.

As part of the new and improved Scirus, an advisory board has been established. The aim of the advisory board is to provide professional advice on the development of the search engine, so that it will continue to fulfill the information needs of scientists worldwide. The Scirus Advisory Board consists of a Library Advisory Board, a Scientific Advisory Board, and a Technical Advisory Board. More details can be found on the Advisory Board section of the Web site (

Source: Elsevier Science

abebooks Partners with OCLC

abebooks, a network of independent booksellers, and OCLC ( are linking to provide librarians and their users with access to sources for out-of-print books on the Internet. Users will be able to link to the abebooks Web site ( to source out-of-print, secondhand, and rare copies of the books they are looking for in OCLC's WorldCat, the world's largest bibliographic database, through the OCLC FirstSearch service, an online reference service. In turn, visitors to the abebooks Web site who cannot find what they are looking for will have the option to find the title in their local library through WorldCat.

"OCLC is creating access points to WorldCat, and subsequently to libraries, through the Web in a collaborative environment and fostering relationships with partners such as abebooks," said Frank Hermes, vice president of OCLC Cooperative Discovery Services. WorldCat offers more than 48 million bibliographic records—representing library materials in some 400 languages—and continues to grow at a rate of more than 2 million records a year. (OCLC and Alibris, a global supplier of hard-to-find books, announced a similar collaboration in October 2001.)

abebooks claims to be the world's largest book site, listing over 35 million books. With offices in Canada and Germany, it provides business support, technological infrastructure, and international marketing, enabling independent booksellers of any size to compete on an equal footing with book superstores. Through its acquisition of Germany's JustBooks (now abebooks Europe), the company now serves over 10,000 member booksellers worldwide via Web sites in English, German, and French. abebooks was launched on the Internet in May 1996.

Source: abebooks

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