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October 15, 2012 — 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 Continues to Upgrade Health and Medical Databases

ProQuest substantially enhanced its coverage in the Massachusetts Medical Society’s New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) by launching a full-text version of the British Nursing Index (BNI) and adding PsycTESTS from the American Psychological Association (APA). Now, in addition to full-text integration of NEJM in its information products and a collection of classic images and deep index images, ProQuest will provide access to Journal Watch, the medical literature surveillance newsletter series. The expanded agreement between ProQuest and NEJM extends aggregation and distribution rights to ProQuest for multiple years. For example, ProQuest now has image rights, paving the way for the company to employ its patented deep indexing process, which will enable researchers to easily search and discover content such as raw data within illustrations. Further, the NEJM backfile now dates from 1990 rather than its previous 1993 beginning.

The new Journal Watch content comprises an edited clinical series covering 13 specialties, including cardiology, hospital medicine, pediatrics, and women’s health. Journal Watch Physician Editorial Boards survey the medical literature, select the most important research and guidelines, distill them into focused summaries, and frame them in a clinical context. In addition, they cover the most important medical news, drug information, and public health alerts. New articles will be available 90 days after their original publication date.

Just 15 months after acquiring the BNI, ProQuest released a full-text version of the product. BNI Full-Text is available for the first time in the new ProQuest research environment, enabling it to be cross-searched with such resources as ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health and supported with advanced content management tools. BNI focuses on titles published in the U.K., Australia, and Canada; it also includes a selection of important international nursing titles. It is updated monthly. Its full-text version encompasses more than 600,000 records and more than 190,000 indexed records, plus links to other sources.

The addition of APA’s PsycTESTS database provides descriptive summaries, full text, and relevant citations on the development and assessment of more than 6,000 tests and measures used in research and teaching.

Source: ProQuest

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