Seven Databases to Adopt Ovid Interface

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Ovid Technologies has announced that three Cambridge Scientific Abstracts databases--Cambridge Life Sciences Collection, Cambridge Aquatic Sciences Fisheries Abstiacts, and Cambridge Environmental Science & Pollution Management--are being implemented with Ovid software, to appear on CD-ROM, networks, and online. Additionally, Ovid plans to create electronic implementations of four academic databases--Bowker's Books in Print, the MLA International Bibliography, PAIS International, and Sociofile. Each will be equipped with Ovid software.

Cambridge Databases

Cambridge Life Sciences Collection covers the international literature of over 21 separate life science disciplines, including cell and molecular biology, neuroscience, biochemistry, biotechnology, entomology, ecology, immunology, microbiology, genetics, agriculture, and veterinary science. The database is derived from 22 journals which abstract and index 6,500 worldwide publications.

Cambridge Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts is the leading database in aquatics science, produced in collaboration with four UN agencies and a network of national research centers. Coverage includes developments in the science, technology, and management of marine, freshwater, and brackishwater environments and organisms.

Cambridge Environmental Science & Pollution Management covers relevant fields across the environmental sciences, monitoring 1,500 primary journals, monographs, and conference proceedings and providing selective coverage of 5,500 secondary sources. The database is drawn from the primary sources for 11 abstracts journals. It covers the ecosystem and all forms of pollution, including air, marine, and freshwater pollution; environmental engineering, toxic hazards of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and other substances; biochemical applications in water treatment and pollution; and more.

Ovid's implementations of all three databases will include special Ovid features. Among these are Pull-down Search Menus, combining field-specific text descriptions with easy searching of all fields; Database-specific Limits, allowing users to restrict more precisely the result of a search to predefined criteria, such as language, document type, and publication year; and Advanced Output Configuration, permitting searchers to define the fields to be viewed, printed, or saved.

Academic Databases

Produced by the Modem Language Association of America, The MLA International Bibliography indexes critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. The bibliography provides expansive coverage of national literatures in more than 100 languages, as well as linguistic research and analysis of every language family and group; it contains entries for journal articles, series, monographs, dissertations, bibliographies, proceedings, and other materials. In all, the bibliography indexes more than 3,500 publications.

The MLA International Bibliography on Ovid will incorporate the print bibliographies since 1963 and will include more than 1.2 million records. Ovid will offer the MLA thesaurus as a convenient pull-down tool, allowing first-time users to employ the same concise vocabulary as experienced searchers. A pull-down permuted index and a classification hierarchy will further enhance advanced search techniques. The MLA International Bibliography on Ovid will soon be available for networks and for fixed-fee and pay-as-you-go online access. The database will be updated 10 times a year.

Produced by Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS), the PAIS International database is a bibliographic index with abstracts covering the full range of political, social, and public policy issues. Coverage includes documents published worldwide in any of six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish. The index headings and abstracts are in English. Topics covered include economic, political, and social issues; business; finance; law; international trade and relations; public administration; government; political science; and any topics that are or might become the subject of legislation. …