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August 27, 2001 — 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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LexisNexis Launches Next-Generation

LexisNexis ( has unveiled the next-generation service, which offers improved user features, more customizable functions, and more comprehensive content for business and government knowledge workers. According to the announcement, combines powerful search capabilities with easy-to-use search, display, and downloading features to deliver precise, relevant information.

By accessing the Quick Search feature from the home page, users now will be able to search up to 2 years of news. Power searchers using Boolean search terms will find improved source selection; a drop-down menu with the most popular sources; and improved features for selecting, viewing, printing, downloading, and e-mailing results. In addition, search forms for general news and company and public-records information can be more conveniently located. Other enhancements include the following:

  • The ability to search within a set of results in Quick Search and the Subject Directory by using the LexisNexis FOCUS feature
  • New content for Quick Search and the Subject Directory
  • Relevance ranking for Subject Directory results
  • The ability to tag documents in any citation or full view for printing and downloading
  • The ability to reach LexisNexis Risk Solutions services from the home page
Source: LexisNexis

XanEdu Introduces the Education ReSearch Engine

XanEdu (, a division of ProQuest Information and Learning (, has announced the launch of the XanEdu Education ReSearch Engine (XRE EDU), the newest in its lineup of premium content research engines for higher education. The XanEdu Education ReSearch Engine was created especially for pre-service teachers pursuing academic courses of study and in-service teachers working in the classroom. Other products for the higher education market include the XanEdu Research Engine, the XanEdu MBA Research Engine, and XanEdu CoursePacks.

XanEdu developed the XRE EDU to correspond with leading education textbooks and the latest standards in teacher education. According to the announcement, the friendly user interface with point-and-click navigation delivers premium education content (updated daily) from more than 2,000 specialized leading journals, magazines, and newspapers, and is available to subscribers anytime, anywhere.

Users can perform traditional searches to locate articles or they can navigate through the more than 20,000 hierarchically arranged Topic Trees to find articles relevant to their course and research. Developed by expert editors and faculty members, the Topic Trees map searches to the most current and relevant articles on a given topic, delivering rapid, topic-specific search results.

Included with each subscription to the XRE EDU is the Teaching as a Profession section, which allows students and teachers to stay current with the latest news and issues driving professional development. Powered by the same academic journals and premium education news sources as the academic disciplines, this special learning section includes information on school reform, labor issues, certification standards, and related topics.

Source: XanEdu

West Group Acquires ProLaw

West Group (, a division of The Thomson Corp., announced that it has acquired ProLaw (, a provider of front-office and back-office management systems to the legal market. According to the announcement, the ProLaw acquisition signals an acceleration of West Group's strategic expansion into the law-firm-practice management and productivity solutions market. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Privately held ProLaw is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was founded in 1987 by president and CEO Bill Bice. From its headquarters, ProLaw will be the center for West Group law-practice management solutions development and marketing initiatives, including WestWorks' product and practice library development. Bice, along with the entire ProLaw management team, will remain with the company; he will report to West Group president Mike Wilens.

West Group provides e-information solutions to the U.S. legal market and also has launched the WestWorks law-firm productivity and practice management suite. This Web-based suite is currently being implemented by some 70 law firms. Wilens said the coupling of ProLaw front-office and back-office functionality with the planned WestWorks law-practice libraries gives practitioners a powerful software suite that integrates all aspects of the firm's operations, from research and brief writing to client management, time, billing, and other firm management functions.

Wilens said the dynamic content of WestWorks will be a key element in the next generation of ProLaw products. The new WestWorks practice libraries will include dynamic forms, checklists, client-intake forms, content, and other practice-specific materials. "The acquisition of ProLaw extends and deepens West Group's strategy to integrate powerful research technologies and authoritative legal information resources into the work flow, business data, and intellectual assets of our customers," said Wilens.

Source: West Group

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