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Weekly News Digest

October 6, 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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xrefer Launches Upgraded Service

xrefer, the online ready reference service that provides full-text, aggregated content by subscription to academic, public, and corporate libraries, announced that it has released version 2.0 of its xreferplus service. The new service includes improved information visualization capabilities (a new "Research Mapper"), new content, and a new Unit Conversions calculator (for area, distance, volume, weight, etc.).

The Research Mapper is a visual map that displays how search terms and topics in xreferplus are interconnected. Users can access the Mapper from any set of search results, enabling them to quickly explore the links among topics within the area they're researching. A public version of the Mapper is available at

The Research Mapper leverages xrefer's proprietary "xreference" technology, whereby added xreference links enhance the content by seamlessly connecting related entries. Unlike traditional cross-references, which connect related terms within a single source, xreferences cut across topics, titles, and publishers, as well as text, audio, and image files. The 1.25 million entries, 6,000 images, and 76,000 audio files in the service are xreferenced, providing an integrated user experience.

xrefer continues to add to its content offerings, increasing the number of titles in xreferplus by 80 percent in 2003. Recent additions include The Bridgeman Art Library Archive, Webster's New World Computer Dictionary, Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, and The Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology.

Source: xrefer

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