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May 21, 2009 — 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Dialog Adds Content; The Lancet Returns

Dialog (, provider of online information services for professional searchers, has added new content to its Dialog and DataStar platforms, significantly enhancing its medical and business information resources. Dialog, LLC, part of the ProQuest ( family of brands, is headquartered in Morrisville, N.C., with offices in Sunnyvale, Calif., and London.

Among the new content sources is The Lancet, a leading independent general medical journal. Its publishing history includes reports on numerous medical breakthroughs since 1823, including shell shock therapy, penicillin, and birth defects plus recent medical advancements such as the identification of coronavirus as a possible cause of SARS. Its international focus and coverage of all aspects of human health make it a key gateway for medical information research. Lancet Infectious Diseases, Lancet Oncology, and Lancet Neurology will also be available through Dialog and DataStar. The content has a 2-month embargo from its appearance in hard copy. (Note: The Lancet [File 457/LANC] was removed from Dialog and DataStar in 2002. The Lancet was then selectively indexed by other databases. The Lancet was available from ProQuest, which acquired Dialog from Thomson Reuters in 2008.)

Additionally, more than 300 new sources have been added to ABI/INFORM, a source for authoritative business information, and 400 new sources have been added to Periodical Abstracts Plus, which provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracting of articles from more than 1,800 general-reference publications.

These content additions are part of an initiative of Dialog and ProQuest to make ProQuest's expansive selection of authoritative, full-text content more widely available to Dialog's traditional markets. The new initiative enriches the ProQuest resources available through the Dialog and DataStar platforms and also makes complementary ProQuest products on their traditional ProQuest platforms available through Dialog sales channels.

Source: Dialog

CAS Launches Free “Common Chemistry” Site

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS;, a division of the American Chemical Society ( has launched a new, free, web-based resource called Common Chemistry ( This resource is designed to help nonchemists and others who might know either a chemical name or a CAS Registry Number of a common everyday chemical and want to pair both pieces of information.

Common Chemistry contains approximately 7,800 chemicals of widespread and general interest, as well as all 118 elements from the periodic table. With the exception of some of the elements, all other substances in this collection were deemed of widespread interest by having been cited 1,000 or more times in the CAS databases. Examples of substances in Common Chemistry include widely recognizable ones such as caffeine, benzoyl peroxide (acne treatment), and sodium chloride (table salt).

While not intended to be a comprehensive CAS Registry Number (CAS RN) look-up service, Common Chemistry does provide access to information on chemicals of general interest. The CAS Registry Number is recognized throughout the world as the most commonly used, unique identifier of chemical substances. The full CAS REGISTRY database contains more than 46 million organic and inorganic substances. Research discovery and patent tools such as SciFinder and STN allow users to search the entire database.

CAS thanks the Wikipedia volunteers, especially Professor Martin Walker at the State University of New York-Potsdam, who collaborated with CAS to provide the links to Wikipedia records (when available). The Common Chemistry database will be updated periodically, and Wikipedia links will be added when possible.

Source: Chemical Abstracts Service

Broadlook Launches Profiler X With Hoover’s Content

Broadlook Technologies, Inc. (, a provider of lead generation and internet research automation tools for sales, marketing, and recruiting, announced the launch of Profiler X. An evolution for the company in its sales and marketing intelligence, Profiler X brings together the best real-time internet information and combines it with Hoover's insight and analysis ( on the companies, industries, and businesspeople that drive the economy and popular social networking sites. Profiler X is designed to deliver the most comprehensive, real-time view of company and contact information available.

For 6 years, Broadlook Profiler has provided its users with contacts and company intelligence from dynamic internet sources. Now with Profiler X, sales, marketing, and recruiting professionals are empowered with an even more comprehensive view of target prospects and clients. Profiler X will continue to mine thousands of pages of company information from websites, PDFs, newsgroups, and more but will now also augment this data with the company, competitive, contact, and industry information for which Hoover's has become recognized.

Profiler X's advanced lead scoring ranks contact-information results based on the most recent data, frequency of appearance, source, and relevancy. A reference area displays the list of sources for easy reference. A source-preview box displays the contact's bio, related news releases, or other reference source material, allowing Profiler X users to know everything possible about their prospects before they ever pick up the phone. Profiler X includes advanced filtering and exporting capabilities, bringing the information into your workflow. Its one-click Export Wizard allows for easy export into the most popular CRMs, applicant tracking systems, or Microsoft Excel.

Source: Broadlook Technologies, Inc.

EBSCO Adds RIPM Online Archive of Music Periodicals

EBSCO Publishing ( announced that the RIPM (Retrospective Index to Musical Periodicals) Online Archive of Music Periodicals (FullTEXT) is now available on EBSCOhost. It provides access to primary source documents dating from 1800 to 1950. It is reportedly the only extensive collection available online of music periodicals dating from the Early Romantic to the Modern period, from Beethoven to Bartók and from Schubert to Stravinsky.

RIPM Online Archive is a full-text version of journals indexed in RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals. The RIPM Online Archive's first installment contains 50 rarely available music periodicals selected by specialists, with new titles every 6 months. It can be accessed directly or through RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals.

Made available with the cooperation of libraries worldwide, the RIPM Online Archive offers an almost daily chronicle of musical activities, with immense possibilities for original research. It provides high-quality gray-scale images using the latest technology to create digitized versions of these difficult to obtain early 19th- to mid-20th-century documents. The RIPM Online Archive allows researchers to explore its content while viewing images that often convey the historical nature of the documents.

The interface designed for RIPM Online Archive offers numerous features: easy and intuitive page manipulation including a zoom feature, the highlighting of the section of the journal page corresponding to the selected record, and the use of two browser windows to view search results or an annotated calendar and the corresponding journal page simultaneously.

A detailed table of contents (calendar) introduces each journal issue, and each page view includes a complete bibliographical reference. Containing complete runs of journals at times pieced together from different collections, the RIPM Online Archive's current content and a selection of forthcoming titles are available at

RIPM Online Archive of Music Periodicals (FullTEXT) joins a large collection of databases for music research available from EBSCO. The music collection includes RISM Series A/II: Music Manuscripts after 1600, Index to Printed Music, The Music Index Online, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, and RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals. RIPM and RILM combine to treat music periodicals dating from 1800 to the present.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

Medical Reprint Service Available on AppExchange

Reprints Desk, Inc. ( announced the availability of Reprints NRx for the AppExchange from Built using the platform, Reprints NRx for the AppExchange is a procurement service that enables buyers in healthcare marketing and communications, sales, product management, and medical affairs to request quotes and place orders for reprints of peer-reviewed articles from within Salesforce CRM. Buyers of article reprints use them in promotions and in educational programs.

Salesforce CRM customers and prospects can deploy and test drive Reprints NRx for the AppExchange and also watch a video demonstration, download an informational datasheet, and view screen shots, specifications, and other information by visiting the AppExchange from online at

Reprints Desk, established in 2006, is a provider of reprint, eprint, and permission services to companies in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, medical devices, and healthcare communications.

Source: Reprints Desk, Inc.

EBSCO Publishing Releases Sustainability Reference Center

EBSCO Publishing ( has released a new resource for corporate sustainability professionals. Sustainability Reference Center is a comprehensive full-text database covering all aspects of sustainability-forming the largest dedicated resource available covering this emerging topic. Topical coverage includes environmental stewardship, corporate social responsibility, regulations, renewable energy, and much more.

Sustainability Reference Center includes complete coverage of more than 800 publications-journals, monographs, magazines, and trade publications-all dealing with sustainability-related issues. The database offers tens of thousands of additional sustainability-focused articles, benchmarks, and best practices, selected from thousands of trade and industry publications. Sustainability Reference Center also provides examples of sustainability practices from corporations throughout the world. Much of the content is available in searchable PDFs, making it simple for corporate users to take advantage of this rich resource.

Designed for corporate sustainability experts and information professionals, Sustainability Reference Center contains the greatest concentration of sustainability-related content available today. The database is designed to provide users with quick and easy access to vital information including complete full text with images, tables, charts, and other graphical content from hundreds of key titles. Sustainability Reference Center and other EBSCOhost databases are easy to integrate into corporate intranets and portals.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

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