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November 20, 2000 — 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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Gale Group Acquires and Community-Building Technology

Gale Group (, a business unit of Thomson Corp., has assumed ownership of (, a Web site designed for kids. was a division of Flywheel Media, also a division of Thomson ( FreeZone is best known for its interactive elements and safety policies. The acquisition will enable both Gale Group and FreeZone to enhance their online services to kids, parents, and educators and expand their brands in new markets.

Gale Group also plans to add community building to its online reference works, creating environments that stimulate collaborative learning. Gale's presence in the school and public library market will enable the company to introduce FreeZone to teachers and librarians, building FreeZone's registered-user base. Additionally, FreeZone will tap Gale Group's content to strengthen its educational offerings for kids. This could be a model for a new level of service and features for traditional publishers.

"Integrating FreeZone into the Gale Group creates a powerful mix of skills," said Ben Mondloch, Gale Group's executive vice president of sales and marketing. "Our immediate, primary focus is on translating these skills so that both companies' products are introduced to new users and address a broader range of kids' needs on the Internet."

Source: Gale Group

New Release of MathSciNet

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) has added new enhancements and features to MathSciNet (, the online database covering over 60 years of mathematical literature from Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications. The new features should prove useful to researchers, librarians, and publishers.

The enhancements include a new Clipboard feature that allows users to place citations from multiple searches onto one file for download or display in ASCII or BibTeX format; and the addition of more publishers that link to MathSciNet, including ScienceDirect (over 1,100 journals), Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP; 20 journals), SIAM (10 journals), and New York Journal of Mathematics. There is now also an alphabetical listing of the more than 190 journals with links from MathSciNet as well as links from reviews to over 120,000 original articles.

This release of MathSciNet also offers clearer navigation on search results pages, improved journal and author search capabilities, a primary-only Mathematics Subject Classification search, improved navigation from the MathSciNet home page, and translation information in bibliographic data. The AMS will continue to enhance MathSciNet as technology and user requests warrant and foster the linking of electronic literature.

Source: American Mathematical Society

CSA Acquires ABC POL SCI and ARTbibliographies Modern

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) has acquired the ABC POL SCI and ARTbibliographies Modern databases from ABC-CLIO. CSA will continue to publish the products in print and make them available through the CSA Internet Database Service (IDS; Starting with the 2001 volume, the print version of ABC POL SCI will be retitled CSA Political Science & Government: A Guide to Periodical Literature.

This fall has been a particularly active time for CSA, with the previously announced acquisition of the Aerospace Database and Political Science Abstracts, and the launch of e-psyche. "We are working hard to expand the database selection available on IDS," said Matt Dunie, president of CSA. "ABC POL SCI is a great addition to social science databases that we already provide, including Political Science Abstracts, CSA Sociological Abstracts, and CSA Social Services Abstracts. And ARTbibliographies Modern represents our first database in the humanities, an area in which we expect substantial growth. CSA has committed significant resources to improving both the range of topics and information-delivery mechanisms of our publishing program."

Source: CSA

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