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October 29, 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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Westlaw, NextPage Announce Alliance

West Group ( and NextPage, Inc. ( have announced an alliance that will enable NextPage users to flexibly retrieve and display Westlaw content and services within the NextPage framework and associated Web-based applications. According to the announcement, an important element of knowledge management initiatives among leading law firms, corporations, and government agencies is the ability to have integrated access to multiple network-wide content sources. Through the West Group/NextPage alliance, researchers can efficiently retrieve documents from across their enterprise—and related content from Westlaw—all in one seamless operation.

NextPage technology enables teams of people within and among enterprises to come together virtually and interact with critical information, regardless of where the information or people physically reside. Using the NextPage Peer-to-Peer Business Network, teams can work more effectively by capitalizing on the knowledge assets, expertise, and best practices that exist in other departments or organizations. The NextPage framework provides access to a wide array of sources, such as local and remote firm document collections in Microsoft Office, Adobe PDF, Lotus Notes, and other formats, as well as third-party content, such as publishers, partners, suppliers, or customers. When NextPage users access Westlaw within this peer-to-peer architecture, results will be integrated with those from their other content sources.

This alliance also will allow users in the U.K. to have the same functionality when they use Westlaw UK from Sweet & Maxwell.

Source: West Group

ProQuest, Agreement Brings Market Research Information to Libraries

ProQuest Information and Learning ( has announced an agreement with that allows ProQuest to deliver the full text of more than 600 key market research studies and MarketLooks reports via its ProQuest online information service in a new database called Academic.

The reports are generally released 1 year from the date of original publication and cover a range of business-related subject areas, including consumer and personal products, demographics, engineering and construction, financial services, the food and beverage industry, healthcare and medical devices, industry and manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and transportation and shipping. The reports provide graphs, tables, and charts that are available in full-page image through ProQuest.

In addition, the database offers concise summaries of full-length market research reports called MarketLooks, which are accessible via Academic the same month they are published. These summaries provide access to the most current market research results. Academic uses ABI/INFORM indexing and enables searching by SIC/NAICS codes, ABI/INFORM classification codes, company names, and many other indexed fields. According to the announcement, the database is especially well-suited to academic libraries, business schools, community colleges, and vocational/technical schools. Free trials are available.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning

The New York Public Library, Thirteen/WNET New York, Fathom Offer Online Course

The New York Public Library, Thirteen/WNET New York, and Fathom have jointly created The New York Public Library's first online course to help job seekers, business owners, and investors obtain critical company information. The course, titled "Prospecting for Business Information," is now available for enrollment at

Prospecting for Business Information draws upon the expertise of the staff at The New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library to educate users about off-line and online sources of company information and to demonstrate how to conduct company research. Participants in the course gain privileged access to company information for 1 month from popular online databases such as infoUSA's ReferenceUSA, LexisNexis', and Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage. The course is available on an introductory basis for an enrollment fee of $20 and can be accessed anytime over a 1-month period.

The New York Public Library ( became a founding member of the Fathom consortium in April 2000. Since that time, it has collaborated with Fathom to create features and free seminars on a variety of subjects. The library recently launched its own access point on the Fathom site for content created by its librarians and curators at

Thirteen/WNET New York ( is one of the key program providers for public television and the flagship public broadcaster in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut metro area.

Fathom ( was launched in 2000 to be a source for online professional development and lifelong learning. (See the April 10, 2000 NewsBreak at It brings together lectures, interviews, articles, and exhibits by faculty and experts from some of the world's leading universities, libraries, museums, and disseminators of research. Online courses and seminars representing the best in online education are available through Fathom, as well as books and other products.

Source: The New York Public Library, Fathom

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