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October 2, 2006 — 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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Scopus Launches PatentCites and WebCites

Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com) announced the launch of two new features for Scopus (http://www.info.scopus.com), the abstract and citation database of research information and Web sources. PatentCites, released to customers on Sept. 22, allows users to track how primary research is practically applied in patents. WebCites, which will be launched shortly, is the first step toward enabling Scopus users to track the influence of peer-reviewed research on Web literature.

Scopus PatentCites clearly identifies citations from patent sources that cite Scopus articles on the Abstract and References page. As with article citation counts, PatentCites links directly to the source items. This feature enables users to immediately see the relationship of primary research to its practical application in patents. It's designed to be of particular value to those working in disciplines such as medicine, engineering, chemistry, agriculture, or other applied sciences. Among the key growing number of patent sources covered and updated daily are the U.S. Patent Office, the European Patent Office, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

In the forthcoming release of WebCites, users will be able to view citations to articles in Scopus from a growing number of carefully selected scientific Web sources, such as Institutional Repositories and Thesis and Dissertation databases. Users will be able to gain additional insights into the influence of specific articles and place article citation numbers from outside the peer-reviewed realm into perspective. Like PatentCites, WebCites will be presented clearly in a separate display, allowing the user to link directly to the relevant source items with just one click.

Source: Elsevier

New Copernic Desktop Search AvailableóStill Free

Mamma.com, Inc. (http://www.mammainc.com) announced Copernic Desktop Search (CDS) version 2.0. The company said that it used the experience gained from millions of downloads of the original CDS to further enhance the product. CDS 2.0 has been redesigned from the ground up. The new version enhances the user experience, delivers new features, facilitates private labeling and customization, and optimizes performance levels.

CDS 2.0 now allows users to simultaneously search in all categories and eliminate spelling errors with smart query correction (i.e., "did you mean?"), a patent-pending technology. New as-you-type suggestions for advanced search fields have also been added. The CDS 2.0 deskbar provides direct access to search results with per-category result filtering. The My Searches feature enables users to save favorite queries for swift one-click reuse.

Mamma.com can also provide major ISPs and portals with advanced customization capabilities and extensive metrics. CDS 2.0 works with Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP and Internet Explorer 5.0 or later, Outlook and Outlook Express, Mozilla Firefox, and Thunderbird. Additional information on the new features as well as a free download of the product is available at http://www.copernic.com.

Source: Mamma.com, Inc.

The Chicago Manual of Style Debuts Online

A fully searchable version of The Chicago Manual of Style (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html) is now available on the Web for an individual subscription fee of $30 per year; the introductory price is $25 per year. Small group and library pricing rates are available, and a free 30-day trial is offered. The generally acknowledged "bible" of grammar and style for authors, editors, and publishers (along with TheAssociated Press Stylebook, http://www.apstylebook.com), the 15th Edition of The Chicago Manual of Style went live on the Web with some free features, including a Citation Quick Guide and a Question and Answer section. The University of Chicago Press (http://www.press.uchicago.edu) will continue to publish the reference work in print and on CD-ROM.

Source: The University of Chicago Press



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