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April 9, 2007 — 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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ProQuest CSA Adds Content to Illustrata and Illumina

The newly merged company, ProQuest CSA, has announced additional content for CSA Illustrata, its digital resource specifically dedicated to data presented in tables, figures, charts, illustrations, and their captions. ProQuest CSA and Elsevier have signed an agreement to make tables, figures, and illustrations from a selection of Elsevier’s natural science journals available through CSA Illustrata: Natural Sciences, which provides access to more than 1 million records from notable scholarly journals. Elsevier natural science journals, including Deep-Sea Research Part I, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Toxicology, and Virology, will be cross-searchable with journals from other publishers, including Blackwell Publishing, Oxford University Press, and others.

CSA Illustrata is a Web-based solution (that runs on the CSA Illumina platform) providing access to indexed tables, figures, and other objects found in scholarly research literature. CSA Illustrata is designed to provide greater precision, efficiency, and relevance in researching graphical content. Forthcoming CSA Illustrata releases are planned in other key research areas. Additional information about CSA Illustrata as well as the concept and research behind deep indexing is available at Also see the NewsBreak at

The CSA Illumina platform now includes Design Abstracts Retrospective/Design ProFILES (DAR/DP), a source for international coverage of diverse subjects in design and related fields.

Published by Design Research Publications, DAR/DP covers more than 100 journals and yearbooks published between the 1890s and the 1980s. The resource focuses on important titles that have not been indexed or abstracted before. Key topics include architecture, interior design, industrial design, furniture design, theatre design, graphic design, packaging, poster illustration, advertising, typography, calligraphy, photography, exhibition design, book design, fashion and textile design, embroidery, ceramics, glass art, jewelry, metalsmithing, mural painting and decoration, mosaics, and others . The database contains more than 80,000 records and is updated quarterly, with 15,000 records added per year. To learn more about DAR/DP, visit

Source: ProQuest CSA Unveils New Site with Free Company Profiles

Zoom Information, Inc. unveiled a new that now provides free access to information on millions of companies, people, and jobs. Some of the information was previously available only by subscription. Its newly improved business-oriented semantic search service helps users find information about companies and their employees—it will be available to any Internet user under an advertisement-supported model. The site offers more powerful searching, the ability to save and forward searches, and the integration of Indeed’s ( job search feature.

The engine continually crawls the business Web—millions of corporate Web sites, press releases, electronic news services, Securities and Exchange Commission filings, and other online sources—and then semantically tags, aggregates, and organizes the information into easy-to-digest and easy-to-search profiles optimized for business users searching for information on people, companies, products and services, and industries.

Business users can search for companies by name, product category, industry, market niche, and more and can expand or narrow their searches using’s automatically generated recommendations. Once a specific company or list of companies is identified, users can quickly conduct a "pivot" search to find people or jobs at those companies. For a monthly fee, users can also conduct searches to identify names, titles, and contact information for executives at those companies.

Source: Zoom Information, Inc.

Thomson Gale Introduces Demographic Tool for Libraries

Thomson Gale ( has introduced a new online resource called DemographicsNow Library Edition that is designed to offer public and academic libraries an affordable geographic business-intelligence solution. This business database is new to the library market and includes demographic estimates, consumer expenditure, and retail sales potential for all levels of geography across the U.S. It aims to meet the information needs of students studying entrepreneurship and business and of small-business owners. It is provided in conjunction with SRC, LLC ( of Orange, Calif., a developer and provider of geographic business-intelligence technology and solutions.

DemographicsNow Library Edition generates easy-to-read HTML reports that can be saved in Acrobat format or emailed for later retrieval, including standard reporting in four major categories: summary, comparison, ranking, and mapping. In addition to business use, it can also provide cultural patterns and sociological trends in cities around the U.S.

The demographic information available in DemographicsNow Library Edition is for the U.S., with additional countries and increased database capabilities to be added in the coming months. Librarians may purchase DemographicsNow Library Edition as a stand-alone product or as a complement to Thomson Gale’s Small Business Resource Center. To view this resource and its capabilities, visit

Source: Thomson Gale

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