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Weekly News Digest

October 23, 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.

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Bowker Launches 2.0

R.R. Bowker, a division of Reed Elsevier, Inc., has announced the availability of 2.0, the Web version of Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. Enhancements to the site include a redesigned interface, new search functionality, hotlinks, and weekly updating. Changes were made in direct response to customer feedback. A free 2-week test of 2.0 is available at

"A dynamic, more intuitive interface offers greater ease of navigation, with point-and-click functionality, easy-to-read screens, logical pull-down menus, and much more," said Judy Salk, R.R. Bowker's director of product development. "We have made several additions to the existing array of search criteria, including language, frequency, and publisher city. What's more, thousands of publisher URLs and e-mail addresses are hotlinked, allowing users to communicate directly with serials publishers or access content on their sites."

Users are now able to do the following:

  • Start a search from any page
  • Employ advanced keyword searching in title and subject (word may be in any position)
  • Target, limit, or sort search results by numerous criteria, such as country, ISSN, and status
  • Download, print, or e-mail records from any portion of the search, including search results, lists, or full display
  • Add or edit comments to results lists generated
  • Save, copy, and/or move items to public lists or the user's own lists
  • Generate search history during a session
  • Browse indexes
  • Monitor usage statistics
According to the press release, 2.0 retains features that have become benchmarks—the same ability to search for abstracted-and-indexed titles, titles that are available for document delivery through 19 document delivery services, and titles available electronically in full text. As before, 2.0 is reportedly the only place to find reviews from both Magazines for Libraries and Library Journal.

Source: R.R. Bowker

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