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December 24, 2001 — 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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Hoover’s Announces Improvements to Hoover’s Online

Hoover's, Inc. has announced improvements to its Hoover's Online ( service, which now allows business professionals to find the information they need faster and more effectively. The most significant improvement is new search functionality that quickly integrates and delivers results on more than 12 million public and private companies worldwide.

The new search technology gives Hoover's Online users rapid, comprehensive results from Hoover's proprietary database, plus non-U.S. companies from Mergent, as well as company, subsidiary, and branch locations covered by D&B. Hoover's new search technology also paves the way for future enhancements, including additional advanced search fields and capabilities.

"In ongoing efforts to improve service for our customers, our technology team has created a faster, more thorough, and easier-to-use search function for delivering integrated results on more than 12 million companies," said Russell Secker, Hoover's senior vice president of product management. "Results are now better organized and more intuitive."

Hoover's new search technology allows Hoover's Online users to search for companies using a number of criteria, including company name, ticker symbol, keyword, and D&B D-U-N-S Number. Additional improvements to Hoover's Online include a more streamlined site with better usability, as well as the introduction of new features such as the "Newly Updated Records" section, which offers links to the companies most recently updated by the Hoover's Online editorial staff.

Source: Hoover's, Inc.

Majors Scientific Books Now Available Through EBSCO, Inmagic

In separate statements, both EBSCO ( and Inmagic ( have announced deals with Majors Scientific Books (, the largest distributor of scientific, technical, and medical (STM) books to the health sciences and professional marketplace. Majors distributes titles for over 500 publishers, with a database of over 120,000 titles. Serving libraries since 1909, Majors has distribution centers in Dallas and Atlanta.

Book titles from Majors Scientific Books are now available through EBSCO Book Services, an online book searching and ordering service, as well as EBSCO Corporate Services, a Web-based subscription and book-ordering tool designed for corporations. The EBSCO services give users desktop access to a large selection of books in various disciplines, along with contemporary fiction and nonfiction. The agreement with Majors will provide users with access to an additional 120,000 STM titles.

Inmagic, Inc., a developer of knowledge management and special library software, announced that Majors publications are now accessible to users, allowing them to purchase books online and eliminate the manual entry of data by downloading core bibliographic data directly into the catalog.

", a core component of Inmagic's DB/TextWorks database product, allows users to save literally hundreds of person-hours over the life of the application [by] ending the repetitive effort of manually cataloging bibliographic data," said Gerry Brown,'s vice president of business development. "The leveraging of Majors' outstanding reputation as a quality provider of scientific and medical books will serve our customers well in terms of meeting their needs in this specialized niche."

By clicking on the menu item in the menu bar of any open DB/TextWorks database, users can select Majors as their information vendor, purchase books, and employ a secure and easy-to-use two-step process to download the core bibliographic data for each book into the database. A data-mapping utility in allows users to define relationships between fields in chosen DB/TextWorks databases and the individual bibliographic fields for the books that vendors provide.

Sources: EBSCO and Inmagic, Inc.

LexisNexis, Knight Ridder Digital Form Interactive-Content Alliance

LexisNexis ( and Knight Ridder Digital (, the interactive information subsidiary of Knight Ridder and founder/operator of the Real Cities Network, have announced the formation of an interactive-content alliance. Through the relationship, Knight Ridder Digital is syndicating its content available to LexisNexis users, and LexisNexis is powering access to on-point information to 17 Knight Ridder newspapers in 28 markets.

Twenty-eight full-text daily Knight Ridder publications from media markets throughout the country now will be available to LexisNexis customers, many on the same day or within a day of publication, powered by Knight Ridder Digital. The offering includes major metropolitan papers such as The Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, the Detroit Free Press,The Charlotte Observer, the Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minnesota), and The San Jose Mercury News.

A new, centrally administered information services contract will give Knight Ridder professionals access to the LexisNexis suite of information solutions. The contract brings wide exposure to LexisNexis research databases to the desktops of thousands of professionals at Knight Ridder, including for journalists and editors conducting research, for Knight Ridder's legal staff, customized solutions for professionals in Knight Ridder's corporate offices, LexisNexis Political Universe for the Knight Ridder's Washington Bureau, and access to select Online Public Records and LexisNexis Company Dossier products across the country.

Sources: LexisNexis and Knight Ridder Digital

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