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December 11, 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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EBSCO Adds Music and Video Content to Review Resource

EBSCO Publishing (http://www.epnet.com) announced that the latest version of Book Index with Reviews (BIR) has been expanded to include information on music and video titles. In addition to more than 4 million popular and classic book titles, BIR now features detailed information on more than 450,000 music titles and more than 200,000 DVD/video titles.

The product contains more than 800,000 full-text, searchable reviews from trusted sources. The full-text reviews, combined with the product's subject headings and flexible search engine, connect users to popular titles that are currently available, along with those that will soon be published. This updated version of BIR also includes the following customer-driven enhancements: prices are listed on the search results page (rather than only at the title record page), users can limit searches and browse using Dewey classifications, persistent links to titles are now displayed on each title display page, and additional print and e-mail options for results lists are available (with or without book jacket or cover images, with or without annotations, etc.).Source: EBSCO Publishing

H.W. Wilson to Introduce Retrospective Indexes

H.W. Wilson announced that a new reference resource will debut in January. The company claims that it is "the most wide-ranging and deepest retrospective index of library and information science articles available." Library Literature & Information Science Retrospective: 1905-1983 (http://www.hwwilson.com/libretro) will be offered exclusively on WilsonWeb. The resource will provide coverage of more than 1,200 key periodicals with citations to more than 500,000 articles. The database will also include full texts (HTML plus PDF page images) from some 70 years of Wilson Library Bulletin (the trade magazine for librarians, founded 1914), indexing from Library Work (1905-1911), plus citations to book reviews, books, book chapters, and library school theses.

Extensive annotations (up to several hundreds of words) detail the content of articles from a diverse range of periodicals. Analytic records provide chapter-level access (by subject and author) to the contents of books, conference proceedings, and essay collections. The database is also strong on international coverage, encompassing library science publishing in Europe, Russia, China, India, Australia, and Latin America. Users can acquire the actual articles with WilsonLink SFX-powered technology, which can link to the full texts available in other OpenURL-compatible databases, to a library's OPAC for holdings information, and to auto-completion of interlibrary loan forms.

The company plans to introduce eight more retrospective indexes, including Applied Science & Technology Retrospective: 1913-1983 later in 2007.

Source: H.W. Wilson

New Legal Content for HeinOnline

HeinOnline (http://heinonline.org) recently announced new content additions to its online legal service, comprising nearly 650,000 additional pages. The service now offers nearly 24 million pages.

New content includes the following:

  • 228 new titles have been added to HeinOnline's Legal Classics Library (794 total titles).
  • 130 journals have been updated.
  • 38 new U.S. Federal Legislative Histories have been added (there are now 56 in this library module).
  • 11 new journals have been added (942 journals are now available).

HeinOnline, which launched in 2002, is a product of the 80-year-old publisher, William S. Hein & Co., Inc. (http://www.wshein.com). All of the library modules are image-based (PDF) and fully searchable, meaning that they provide exact page images, including all charts, graphs, and photographs. Also, the libraries provide comprehensive coverage from the inception of each publication. All told, more than 4 centuries of content are available in HeinOnline.

Source: HeinOnline



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