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January 31, 2011 — 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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H.W. Wilson Expands Art Full Text

H.W. Wilson’s Art Full Text database recently grew with new full-text coverage, entries for dissertations, a guide to the meaning of art symbols, a new full-text translation option, and new tools for its “My WilsonWeb” individual user accounts. The database will soon include full articles from 82 additional journals, expanding subject coverage of contemporary art, architecture, design, and photography.

Geographic scope has also been expanded, with more European, Asian, and Latin American sources. Many of the additions also enhance the database’s retrospective coverage—some of them making decades of back content available in full text. (Art Full Text also indexes and abstracts more than 580 journals, including all the titles represented in full text.) Art Full Text has also added links to more than 8,500 full-text artist biographies (many including photos) from the Wilson biography database Biography Reference Bank.

Art Full Text recently grew by more than 13,000 searchable records of graduate student dissertations, including substantive abstracts. The dissertations date back as far as 1997, and cover subjects in art, art history, archaeology, film, and related studies. A new “dissertations/theses” option has been added to the Art Full Text “document type” menu, allowing users to narrow their search to those items.

Translate Art Full Text articles into any of 13 languages, with the recent addition of Swedish. (WilsonWeb full-text translation options also include Arabic, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.) The “My WilsonWeb” individual user accounts are now also more versatile, allowing users to create folders to organize their “My WilsonWeb” notes, as well as email notes from within “My WilsonWeb.” WilsonWeb’s ReadSpeaker text-to-speech converter (which lets users listen to articles as streaming audio, or download as MP3s) now allows users to highlight sections of text for listening and regulate the speed of narration—a boon for users who struggle with English.

Source: H.W. Wilson

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