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December 10, 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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LexisNexis Enhances Scholastic Universe

LexisNexis Academic & Library Solutions (formerly known as Congressional Information Service) has announced enhancements to LexisNexis Scholastic Universe, its Web service for secondary school students, teachers, and librarians. According to the announcement, changes include a more-than-400-percent increase in newspaper sources, simplified subscription options, and dramatically lower prices.

LexisNexis Scholastic Universe now includes 190 additional U.S. regional newspaper sources, for a total of approximately 250. Along with new content, the subscription options are simplified, so subscribing schools now get all four content subjects—news, legal, legislative, and statistical—for one price. Finally, LexisNexis Scholastic Universe is more affordable for school libraries, with substantially lower prices than the previous version.

LexisNexis Scholastic Universe is a member of the LexisNexis Universe product suite, and it provides access to specially selected sources that may include the LexisNexis flagship index and abstract access tools; online access to the full text of related government and nongovernment sources; or access to comprehensive news, business, and legal information. Toll-free, 24/7 customer support is provided for all librarian and faculty users of the Universe products.

Secondary schools also may subscribe to two other LexisNexis Universe services: LexisNexis Current Issues Universe and LexisNexis History Universe. Additional information about each may be found at All three services offer both in-school and remote access for unlimited simultaneous users.

Source: LexisNexis Academic & Library Solutions

Factiva Launches E-Learning Program

Factiva (, a Dow Jones & Reuters Co., has announced the launch of Factiva Learning Programs, a versatile enterprise training program for Factiva products and services. The suite of programs includes e-training, online tutorials and product demos, regular Web-based seminars, targeted reference materials, and classroom training for corporate knowledge workers. The program includes self-directed interactive training, eTrainer and online product help, and instructor-led Web conference training seminars. Factiva Learning Programs also serve decentralized organizations with targeted and relevant documentation materials to supplement the eTrainer initiatives.

"Factiva's growing global customer base not only speaks many languages, but learns differently and demands different types of training—from basic to advanced, to in-depth training components," said Anne Caputo, director of Factiva Learning Programs. "With the launch of Factiva Learning Programs, we will now be able to offer our customers product-specific, just-in-time training, customized to meet their precise needs."

According to a company representative, Factiva Learning Programs represents the next step in providing training that is sophisticated and customized, and accommodates users throughout an enterprise. It offers a broader range of training, covering not only how to search but how to use content.

Source: Factiva

Ovid Announces Addition of Kluwer’s Journals

Ovid Technologies ( has announced that over 700 Kluwer journals will be made available via its search software early next year. The Kluwer Collection will provide direct bibliographic and Adobe PDF access to key titles in a broad range of subject areas, including engineering (electronic, physics, and electrical), medicine, psychology and social sciences, agriculture, animal sciences and fisheries, biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals, geoscience, religion and philosophy, and linguistics. Both Ovid and SilverPlatter databases will link to the journals, which can be purchased on an individual title basis or in subject-specific packages.

"Adding these important journals to Ovid's collection creates an additional outlet for these titles next to our own Kluwer Online platform. This is in line with our strategy to continuously develop ways and opportunities to make our content and services available worldwide in an efficient and timely manner to the researcher," said Peter Hendriks, Kluwer's vice president of commercial services.

Ovid Technologies, headquartered in New York, is a Wolters-Kluwer International Health & Science company. Ovid is a provider of knowledge management solutions to the scientific, technical, and medical markets. Ovid develops search software for institutions and bundles this technology with full-text, bibliographic, and summary content databases.

Source: Ovid Technologies

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