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August 11, 2003 — 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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Wiley InterScience Launches New Polymer Database

Wiley InterScience, the online content service of global publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced the launch of the Wiley Database of Polymer Properties ( Based on the Polymer Handbook, 4th Edition, the new database is claimed to be the single most comprehensive source of physical property data for polymers commercially available, with experimentally determined and selected data for more than 2,500 polymers.

The database offers search features that allow scientists to:

  • Search data by polymer name, as well as by property values and by full text.
  • Create custom tables for a specific polymer. This feature queries across the entire database to gather the physical constants from various tables into one location. Tables may be viewed, printed, downloaded into other programs, or saved for future use.
  • Access abstracts or full-text HTML for the primary literature via CrossRef in future updates.

Wiley InterScience delivers the full text of over 300 scientific, technical, medical, and professional journals, plus major reference works, the Current Protocols laboratory manuals, and the full text of select Wiley print books online.

Separately, Nstein, a provider of software for managing unstructured data, announced that it has been engaged by Wiley InterScience to construct a working prototype using Nstein software. This prototype is expected "to greatly enhance the search and retrieval experience of Wiley InterScience's customer base."

Sources: Wiley InterScience and Nstein Technologies, Inc.

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