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August 14, 2008 — 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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ProQuest Offers Documents on British Policy Overseas

ProQuest (www.proquest.com) has released the first online version of Documents on British Policy Overseas. Until now, this collection of primary source materials was only available through three different print series. Britain’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO; www.fco.gov.uk) has partnered with ProQuest to make these materials available digitally through libraries. The collection offers access to the activities and thoughts of Britain’s diplomats and policymakers, from the buildup to World War I to the Cold War.

Documents on British Policy Overseas provides online searching of tens of thousands of U.K. government documents relating to Britain’s international relations, including foreign policy instructions, letters and memos, business reports, and more. These primary source materials have been selected by the official historians of the FCO and, in many cases, have been declassified at their request for inclusion in this series. Researchers can now use this resource to gain a more complete understanding of the tensions, motivations, politics, and relationships that shaped Europe and the world throughout the 20th century.

This easily searchable database is the online version of three print series: 

  • British Documents on the Origins of War, 1898–1914, which includes documents related to the Anglo-German tensions leading to World War I 
  • Documents on British Foreign Policy, 1918–1939, which addresses postwar settlement, rearmament, and growing tensions in Europe, Africa, and the Far East 
  • Documents on British Policy Overseas, which covers topics such as atomic energy, the Korean Conflict, and the Cold War

Documents on British Policy Overseas will be updated annually with newly selected materials on additional topics. It supports other ProQuest world politics and government resources, including the Digital National Security Archive, 20th Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, PAIS International, and CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts.

Source: ProQuest

H.W. Wilson Debuts Retrospective Index of Essays

The H.W. Wilson Co. (www.hwwilson.com) announced Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective: 1900–1984, a new resource that cites tens of thousands of essays from anthologies and other sources published dating back to 1900. This database is designed to unlock a wealth of information and opinion that might otherwise be inaccessible—unsung tracts hidden away in decades of larger works. Libraries can make their collections more valuable to researchers in a wide array of fields, breathing new life into past investment in anthologies.

Searching by author, subject, publication, year, and more makes this a versatile resource for finding works by iconic literary figures, social critics, politicians, celebrities, and others, on subjects in the arts, history, literature, philosophy, religion, economics, education, law, politics, psychology, sociology, and science, with particular emphasis on the humanities and social sciences.

The database cites more than 249,000 essays from single and multi-author collections published in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain, plus selected annuals and serials. Each citation links to a list of other works in the collection, others by the author, and others on the subject, as well as to an entry for the source collection. WilsonWeb tools aid users in finding cited essays on the shelves: A library holdings indicator (linked to the library’s OPAC) lets users know where collections are located in the library, and WilsonLink SFX-Powered technology links to the full text of essays on any of the library’s other OpenURL-compliant databases. Free 30-day trials of Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective are available.

Source: H. W. Wilson

New askSam 7 Now Available

askSam Systems is now shipping version 7 of askSam, its free-form database software. askSam lets you organize, search, and analyze both structured and unstructured information. askSam can create searchable databases from different types of data, including email, word processing documents, webpages, PDF files, spreadsheets, and other databases.

askSam 7 offers a completely new way for askSam users to organize and navigate their information. Dynamic Folder View lets you place your information in folders and subfolders based on field content, so everything is organized, dynamically, as you enter it. Save Word documents, PDF files, and other documents directly into folders; you can even save webpages directly from Internet Explorer. askSam 7 also allows you to drag and drop attachments, such as images or other documents, directly into an askSam database.

askSam now connects with all major web search engines like Google, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, Windows Live, and more. Highlight a word or phrase and right click to immediately perform a web search directly from askSam. With the askSam homepage you can now open and search multiple files from one screen. The homepage provides immediate access to create a new database, your most used askSam files, common features, and more.

Also included are faster searching, improved user interface, a tabbed file interface, automatic updates, and the ability to narrow your search results by searching only within the results of a search. askSam 7 includes many other enhancements that simplify and improve the product. A 30-day trial version of askSam 7 is available on the company’s website at www.asksam.com.

Pricing:

askSam Version 7 Standard is available for $149.95.
askSam Version 7 Professional is available for $395.
askSam Professional includes all the standard features and adds full-text indexing.

Upgrades:

Owners of earlier askSam versions can upgrade to version 7 for $89.95.

Requirements:

Version 7 runs on Microsoft Windows 2000, Server 2003, XP, or Vista and 30 MB disk space.

Source: askSam Systems

LibraryThing Offers One Million Free Book Covers

LibraryThing (www.librarything.com), the social network book cataloging site, is now offering 1 million book covers free for libraries to enhance their OPACs. It requires a one-time application for a LibraryThing Developer’s Key, available for free to members. The covers have been uploaded by users. The site also announced it has hit 30 million books catalogued by its members.

Libraries must agree to some very limited terms: 

  • Libraries may not make LibraryThing cover images available to others in bulk, but they may cache bulk quantities of covers. 
  • Libraries may retrieve up to 1,000 covers per day. 
  • Use does not involve or promote a LibraryThing competitor. 
  • If covers are fetched through an automatic process (i.e., not by people hitting a webpage), libraries may not fetch more than one cover per second. 
  • Libraries are not required to link back to LibraryThing, but it would be appreciated.

LibraryThing, which launched in 2005, offers a web-based application for users to catalog their personal book collections. LibraryThing for Libraries lets libraries involve their patrons and enhance their catalogs with reviews, ratings, and tags.

Source: LibraryThing

Dow Jones Expands Breadth of Global Content

Dow Jones & Co. (www.dowjones.com) announced enhancements and expanded global content focusing on companies of all sizes in its SalesWorks and Company & Executives products. The newest enhancements feature additional company profiles on a global level, expanded web content, and enhanced alerts with company specific information.

The enhancements provide users with additional relevant information by boosting the global content offering, particularly outside of the U.S. An additional 3 million records have been added outside of the U.S. on top of the 10 million U.S. companies that were added in May, bringing Dow Jones SalesWorks and Companies & Executives databases to more than 15 million companies.

Sales representatives and business professionals need to be up-to-date with industry news to be successful. Being able to quickly spot and then drill down to companies mentioned in articles gives a user added intelligence to act on an opportunity. Enhanced alerts now include a summary of the companies mentioned in the articles. This extraction technology enables each company mentioned to be linked to a detailed company profile.

Other enhancements focus on helping sales professionals obtain a broader perspective on news impacting their territory through web content. This content is now available within the Company Radar functionality, a feature within Dow Jones SalesWorks that allows sales and marketing professionals to uncover and focus on the right opportunities through precision news filters. The addition of web content to Company Radar extends users’ ability to monitor business changes signaling an opportunity or threat from conversations on a blog to news coverage of smaller companies. The enhancement includes 12,000 editorially selected sites ranging from blogs to news outlets. Additionally, Dow Jones’s Intelligent Indexing is applied to the web content, ensuring results are highly targeted, leading to more relevant and timely alerts.

Further enhancements include the following: 

  • Improved industry hierarchy navigation 
  • Detailed interpretation of financial, economic, and political developments and news analysis in global emerging markets from Business Monitor International 
  • Expanded executive data including executive compensation

Source: Dow Jones & Co.

Serials Solutions to Offer ebrary Titles Through KnowledgeWorks

ebrary (www.ebrary.com), a provider of econtent services and technology, has announced that it has become the first ebook provider to become Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks Certified. As a KnowledgeWorks Certified content provider, ebrary can provide more flexible ways for customers to find and access titles in their subscription ebook databases through Serials Solutions e-resource access and management services. Serials Solutions’ (www.serialssolutions.com) and ebrary’s mutual customers may now access their subscription content directly through Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks, an authoritative knowledgebase of content for the library market.

Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks is the foundation for Serials Solutions 360, a complete and integrated e-resource access and management solution. Serials Solutions is a business unit of ProQuest LLC.

ebrary has developed a flexible econtent platform, which customers may use in a number of different, integrated capacities: ebrary customers may purchase or subscribe to ebooks and other content under a variety of pricing and access models, and they may license the ebrary platform to distribute, sell, and market their own content online. All options are delivered using a customizable interface and include the ebrary Reader with InfoTools software, which enable integration with other resources to provide an economical and efficient way to utilize information. ebrary currently offers a growing selection of more than 170,000 ebooks and other titles from more than 300 publishers and aggregators.

Source: ebrary



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