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Articles from Vol. 12, No. 5, May

A Report from Consumer Online Services II
I had to visit New York City recently, and I took the opportunity to spend a day and a half at Consumer Online Services II, a new conference (in its second year as the name implies) organized by Jupiter Communications. Having now attended more than 50...
CAS, Elsevier, and the Royal Society of Chemistry Cooperate
In a move to expand access to electronic journals and bring scientists more fully into the integrated information age, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) plans to cooperate with Elsevier Science and The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) on a pilot project...
CAS to Offer Scientists Access to Electronic-Only Documents
CAS, the world's leading provider of chemical and related scientific information, has begun capturing scientific information from cyberspace this year in what is believed to be the first comprehensive effort to ak" and and papers available only on the...
CAS to Offer Scientists Access to Electronic-Only Documents
CAS, the world's leading provider of chemical and related scientific information, has begun capturing scientific information from cyberspace this year in what is believed to be the first comprehensive effort to abstract and index journals and papers...
CBC Offers Legal Forms and Reports on CD-ROM
Clark Boardman Callaghan announces that Nichols Cyclopedia of Legal Forms Annotated - a complete and comprehensive collection of legal forms - is now available on CD-ROM. Nichols Electronic Legal Forms covers all 230-plus topics that have made its print...
CBC Offers Legal Forms and Reports on CD-ROM
Clark Boardman Callaghan announces that Nichols Cyclopedia of Legal Forms Annotated--a complete and comprehensive collection of legal forms--is now available on CD-ROM. Nichols Electronic Legal Forms covers all 230-plus topics that have made its print...
Commercial Online Services Grow to 7.3 Million Customers
Consumer online services continued their rapid growth during the first quarter of 1995, according to a quarterly census of 73 electronic services published by Information & Interactive Services Report (IISR).At the end of March, 7,303,000 subscribers...
Congressional Ph.D. Dissertations Available from UMI
The top two leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives have more in common than their Republican party affiliation. Like 12 other members of the 104th Congress, Speaker Newt Gingrich and Majority Leader Richard Armey are Ph.D.s.The 14 congressional...
Consultants to Get You 'Home'
There were a number of consultants exhibiting at Internet World, and with good reason. For those interested in "having a presence on the Web" (having a home page site with links to interesting documents and places) but who lack the expertise to do this...
Dataflight Intros Concordance Search and Retrieval Database
Dataflight Software debuts Concordance v5.40 for Windows, a powerful full-text search and retrieval database manager for single users and enterprisewide applications.Combining the flexibility of the Windows graphical user interface (GUI) with sophisticated...
Dataflight Intros Concordance Search and Retrieval Database Manager for Windows
Dataflight Software debuts Concordance v5.40 for Windows, a powerful full-text search and retrieval database manager for single users and enterprise-wide applications. Combining the flexibility of the Windows graphical user interface (GUI) with sophisticated...
Dow Jones News/Retrieval Newswires Now on WESTLAW
West Publishing announces the addition of the Dow Jones Wires multibase (WIRES), the Dow Jones Wires-Plus multibase (WIRESPLUS), and the Dow Jones-All Plus Wires database (ALLNEWSPLUS) to WESTLAW, West' computer-assisted legal research service. In addition...
Eastern Shore Public Library Begins Using New Maxcess Bookmo
Eastern Shore Public Library (ESPL) and Maxcess Library Systems, Inc. have implemented the company's first fully operational bookmobile module.Charles Hichak, co-founder of Maxcess and vice-president for software development, describes the bookmobile...
Electronic Information Delivery: Ensuring Quality and Value
Electronic Information Delivery: Ensuring Quality and ValueEdited by Reva BaschGower 1995$79.95 Hardback 264 pagesISBN 0-566-07567-9Quality is receiving new emphasis in today's business world, and the information industry is no exception. This collection...
Enhanced Copiscan II Boosts Productivity
Bell & Howell Document Management Products Company (DMPC) now offers a number of enhancements for its popular Copiscan II line of document scanners. These enhancements - in optional imprinter, ACE Plus (the latest in Adaptive Contrast Enhancement...
Enhanced Copiscan II Boosts Productivity
Bell & Howell Document Management Products Company (DMPC) now offers a number of enhancements for its popular Copiscan II line of document scanners. These enhancements--an optional imprinter, ACE Plus (the latest in Adaptive Contrast Enhancement...
ERIC on NISC DISC at New Low Prices
The ERIC Facility announced a new method of access to the ERIC bibliographic database via CD-ROM discs. This product is offered at an exceptionally low price designed to put ERIC within the reach of all members of the educational community. The ERIC...
ERIC on NISC DISC at New Low Prices
The ERIC Facility announced a new method of access to the ERIC bibliographic database via CD-ROM discs. This product is offered at an exceptionally low price designed to put ERIC within the reach of all members of the educational community.The ERIC Facility...
Evans to Form New Electronic Publishing Product Development
Ross Evans, who has been the principal architect for Congressional Quarterly's acclaimed Washington Alert online service, announced that he will be leaving CQ to form his own consulting and contracting venture."I look forward to trying out my own wings,"...
Explore the World with Hopkins Discs
Hopkins Technology announces three new multimedia disks - two are down to earth and one is out of this world. Now available are China! The Grand Tour, Fine Arts of China, and Amazing Universe III. China! The Grand Tour (Including Tibet) provides an...
Explore the World with Hopkins Discs
Hopkins Technology announces three new multimedia disks-two are down to earth and one is out of this world. Now available are China! The Grand Tour, Fine Arts of China, and Amazing Universe III.China! The Grand Tour (Including Tibet) provides an extensive...
Fort Valley State College to Install Unicorn
During a time when Fort Valley State College was considering more than one type of mainframe, Unicorn's ability to run in different networking environments appealed to the college's Hunt Memorial Library. With Unicorn, the college did not have to consider...
Four Microsoft Titles for Home and Public Library Market
Microsoft Corp. has announced that four new CD-ROM titles are scheduled to become available during the spring and summer months. These are Julia Child: Home Cooking with Master Chefs, Microsoft Wine Guide, Microsoft Dogs, and Oceans. Computer Cooking...
Four Microsoft Titles for Home and Public Library Market
Microsoft Corp. has announced that four new CD-ROM titles are scheduled to become available during the spring and summer months. These are Julia Child: Home Cooking with Master Chefs, Microsoft Wine Guide, Microsoft Dogs, and Oceans.Computer CookingMicrosoft...
Frost & Sullivan Market Intelligence Completes 'Big Three' O
In the status hierarchy of business information, market research reports stand at the top. They are compiled through extensive interviews with company officials and industry experts, and from exhaustive study of published secondary sources. They provide...
Fulcrum Launches Surfboard Search Engine Optimized for the I
Fulcrum Technologies has unveiled its content-based retrieval engine for the Internet, Fulcrum Surfboard. The search and retrieval server engine optimized for the Internet is based on the same core technology as SearchServer, Fulcrum's flagship text-retrieval...
Fulcrum Launches Surfboard Search Engine Optimized for the Internet
Fulcrum Technologies has unveiled its content-based retrieval engine for the Internet, Fulcrum Surfboard. The search and retrieval server engine optimized for the Internet is based on the same core technology as Searchserver, Fulcrum's flagship text-retrieval...
Global Conference of Research Library Directors Meets at OCL
On March 13-14, 140 people from 105 institutions in 17 countries met at OCLC for the 13th annual Conference of Research Library Directors to discuss issues confronting research libraries around the globe."The conference focused on the growing interdependence...
Hawaii OnLine Offers Statewide Internet Access
Hawaii's only statewide Internet provider, Hawaii OnLine (HOL), claims to be offering the lowest subscription rates in the nation for full-service Internet access through its basic and premium accounts. For just $5 a month, users will get five hours...
IAC Integrates Index and ASAP Online Databases on DIALOG
In order to make searching more convenient for users of Information Access Company databases on the DIALOG system, IAC will integrate its Index arid ASAP companion files into single files that are full-text searchable and updated daily.The integration...
IAC Unveils Health Reference Center GOLD
The image of a patient sitting in an office, waiting for a doctor to dispense advice and health tips is fast disappearing. In its place, the image of a new patient is forming: one who combines information gained during a doctor's visit with an active...
IAC Unveils Health Reference Center GOLD; Complete Health Information Resource for Libraries, Hospitals, HMOs and Businesses
The image of a patient sitting in an office, waiting for a doctor to dispense advice and health tips is fast disappearing. In its place, the image of a new patient is forming: one who combines information gained during a doctor's visit with an active...
IBM Announces Electronic Copyright Solutions
At a time when text and music publishers say they are losing millions of dollars through unauthorized and unpaid use of their electronic text, image, and sound products, IBM has just launched its IBM Digital Library and associated technology as a proposed...
In Brief
UMI's New Document Delivery System Nominated for AwardUMI's new Advanced Document Delivery System (ADDS) has been nominated in the Computerworld/Smithsonian Award competition, recognized as one of the premier awards programs in the information technology...
Internet World 95: And Eyewitness Report
And a Well-Vetted List of Net Resources, too! Business executives, yuppies, hackers, students, and all of Silicon Valley who felt excitement about the Internet gathered in San Jose from April 10-13 to attend Mecklermedia's Internet World 95, the Internet...
Internet World 95: An Eyewitness Report
Business executives, yuppies, hackers, students, and all of Silicon Valley who felt excitement about the Internet gathered in San Jose from April 10-13 to attend Mecklermedia's Internet World 95, the Internet World Wide Web Conference and Exposition....
Journalists' Resources You Can Use for Searching - from The
General Journalism Resources* http://www.jou.ufl.edu/commres/jlist. HTM--The Journalism List by John Makulowich* http://www.clark.net/pub/journalism/jexercises.html--John Makulowich's Internet exercises for journalists* http://www.jou.ufl.edu/commres/jouwww.htm--Journalism...
Jurisoft and LEXIS-NEXIS Unveil Integrated Practice System S
Jurisoft has announced the Expert Counsel Collection of interactive software solutions designed to provide comprehensive support to legal, business, and other professionals. Each product in the collection supports users in analysis, research information-gathering,...
Knight-Ridder Tribune Business News Service Joins eWorld
Apple Computer, Inc.'s online service--eWorld--has greatly strengthened its business news offering with the addition of Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News.Knight-Ridder, Inc. and Tribune Company, two of the largest media companies in the U.S., have...
Managing Your Money Plus CD-ROM
Managing Your Money (MYM) Plus is a CD-ROM multimedia money management package that is part of the new Lifestyle Series from Block Financial Software, formerly MECA Software. A four-in-one personal finance package, MYM Plus gives users the tools they...
Managing Your Money Plus CD-ROM
Managing Your Money (MYM) Plus is a CD-ROM multimedia money management package that is part of the new Lifestyle Series from Block Financial Software, formerly MECA Software.A four-in-one personal finance package, MYM Plus gives users the tools they...
Mass Storage with CD-ROM Libraries from Acorn Software
If you need to store and retrieve large amounts of data quickly and easily at the lowest cost per media, try VirtualBranches. Acorn software, combined with the family of CD-ROM changers and jukeboxes from Pioneer, brings to the DEC OpenVMS environment...
Mass Storage with CD-ROM Libraries from Acorn Software
If you need to store and retrieve large amounts of data quickly and easily at the lowest cost per media, try Virtual-Branches. Acorn software, combined with the family of CD-ROM changers and jukeboxes from Pioneer, brings to the DEC OpenVMS environment...
Mimetics' EasyReader Classic OCR Software Mimics the Human B
EasyReader Classic software from the French company Mimetics automatically recognizes text on written documents entered through a scanner. Information can then be used in a word processor, database, or other program, thus eliminating the-need to retype...
Mimetics' EasyReader Classic OCR Software Mimics the Human Brain
EasyReader Classic software from the French company Mimetics automatically recognizes text on written documents entered through a scanner. Information can then be used in a word processor, database, or other program, thus eliminating the need to retype...
MIT and Geac to Co-Develop Client/server Systems for Academi
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has signed an agreement with Geac Computers, Inc. that establishes a collaborative working relationship to develop a client/server library system geared toward large academic/research...
Netscape Internet Applications Family for Electronic Commerc
Netscape Communications Corporation has announced Netscape Internet Applications, a new family of turnkey software applications that enables companies to conduct full-scale electronic commerce on the Internet. Netscape Merchant System, Netscape Publishing...
Netscape Internet Applications Family for Electronic Commerce
Netscape Communications Corporation has announced Netscape Internet Applications, a new family of turnkey software applications that enables companies to conduct full-scale electronic commerce on the Internet. Netscape Merchant System, Netscape Publishing...
News from West Publishing
West Announces Development of Online Current Awareness Service West Publishing has announced plans for a 1995 release of an online current awareness service, The West Network. This service will deliver access to current awareness information, electronic...
News from West Publishing
West Announces Development of Online Current Awareness ServiceWest Publishing has announced plans for a 1995 release of an online current awareness service, The West Network. This service will deliver access to current awareness information, electronic...
New SIRSI Library Server Software Makes the 'Virtual Library
Imagine sitting at your desktop computer having over 40 million books and resource documents just a click away. That's exactly what Huntsville, Alabama's SIRSI Corporation has delivered with its new line of library access software: WebCat.Libraries and...
New SIRSI Library Server Software Makes the "Virtual Library" a Reality
Imagine sitting at your desktop computer having over 40 million books and resource documents just a click away. That's exactly what Huntsville, Alabama's SIRSI Corporation has delivered with its new line of library access software: WebCat. Libraries...
NewsNet GUI, Enhanced System Features Debut at National Onli
New front-end and revamped behind-the-scenes components of NewsNet include Baton, a graphical user interface that will appeal to command-line-o-phobes; new file-server technology to provide more power and speed on the service; and both enhanced Boolean...
New Software for Easy Access to Dow Jones News/Retrieval
Dow Jones Business Information Services is shipping new Windows software for Dow Jones News/Retrieval, the most comprehensive online source of business and financial news and information. Developed in partnership with Trax Software, Inc. of Culver City,...
New Software for Easy Access to Dow Jones News/Retrieval
Dow Jones Business Information Services is shipping new Windows software for Dow Jones News/Retrieval, the most comprehensive online source of business and financial news and information. Developed in partnership with Trax Software, Inc. of Culver City,...
NISC Releases a Wealth of New DISCs
National Information Services Corporation has released a number of new NISC DISCs, including PsycLit, clinPSYC, ABSEARCH databases, and many titles from Cambridge Scientific Abstracts. NISC is a CD-ROM publisher that takes already-assembled databases...
NISC Releases a Wealth of New DISCs
National Information Services Corporation has released a number of new NISC DISCs, including PsycLit, ClinPSYC, ABSEARCH databases, and many titles from Cambridge Scientific Abstracts. NISC is a CD-ROM publisher that takes already-assembled databases...
Peer-to-Peer Networking, a Truly Easy Solution with Net44
Leunig Communications Inc. (L.C.I.) announced a new technology: peer-to-peer networking through the parallel printer port. With this new concept in mind, L.C.I. introduced Net44. Now networking four computers is an easy task. Net44 is connected to each...
Peer-to-Peer Networking, a Truly Easy Solution with Net44
Leunig Communications Inc. (L.C.I.) announced a new technology: peer-to-peer networking through the parallel printer port. With this new concept in mind, L.C.I. introduced Net44. Now networking four computers is an easy task. Net44 is connected to each...
People Line
Ameritech Library Services has announced the promotion of Gretchen Freeman to vice president of operation in the Public Libraries Division. Freeman will oversee the delivery and implementation of library management products, services, and customer support...
Resistance Forces
An impending peril threatens information professionals attempting to weather the stormy changes in this Information Age--public embarrassment and humiliation. In addition to handling the real injuries of job loss, grinding worries over career prospects,...
Roll Your Own CD-ROM Disc (Part 2): Hardware Options
If you were enticed by the plummeting prices of CD recorders that I reported on last month, read on. You may wonder what features set the low-end and the high-end CD recorder's apart, and whether you really need to buy the latest first-class models...
Secure Transactions on the Internet & Some Resource Guides
April was the month they held the "Internet World" Spring conference in San Jose, CA, and more people attended than in December, 1994 in Washington, DC - and more vendors and exhibitors attended than ever before. Hot topic, this Internet (now) and "Information...
So What Is That 'Ideal' Multimedia PC?
After my March column ("Is an MPC-3 Specification Due?"), I got some phone calls and e-mail messages asking what my ideal multimedia PC--at a reasonable price--would be today. It is difficult to dispense advice when the prevailing conditions, the short...
So What Is That 'Ideal.' Multimedia PC?
After my March column ("Is an MPC-3 Specification Due?"), I got some phone calls and e-mail messages asking what my ideal multimedia PC - at a reasonable price - would be today. It is difficult to dispense advice when the prevailing conditions, the short...
S&P Intros Enhanced Electronic Stock Reports Covering 4,600
Standard & Poor's, a division of McGraw-Hill, Inc., has introduced vastly improved electronic and print versions of its popular S&P Stock Reports financial information service. Available for the first time electronically, S&P Stock Reports...
S&P Intros Enhanced Electronic Stock Reports Covering 4,600 U.S. Equity Issues
Standard & Poor's, a division of McGraw-Hill, Inc., has introduced vastly improved electronic and print versions of its popular S&P Stock Reports financial information service. Available for the first time electronically, S&P Stock Reports...
The Alliance for Public Technology Conference: Myths, Realit
The National Information Infrastructure (NII) is a hotly debated topic these days. I got a sense of how hot as I observed a room full of conference participants with differing, sometimes conflicting, interests (telcos; cable, wireless, and computer companies;...
The Alliance for Public Technology Conference: Myths, Realities, and Initiatives in Telecom Access
The National Information Infrastructure (NII) is a hotly debated topic these days. I got a sense of how hot as I observed a room full of conference participants with differing, sometimes conflicting, interests (telcos; cable, wireless, and computer companies;...
Tools for a New Generation of Interactive Multimedia Applica
Microsoft Corp. has outlined new tools to support independent content providers (ICPs) for The Microsoft Network, Microsoft's planned online service. The tools offer features that empower content providers to design, manage, and deliver a new generation...
Tools for a New Generation of Interactive Multimedia Applications
Microsoft Corp. has outlined new tools to support independent content providers (ICPs) for The Microsoft Network, Microsoft's planned online service. The tools offer features that empower content providers to design, manage, and deliver a new generation...
Trying to Locate an Important Witness? Try PhoneDisc '95
The popularity of online and CD-ROM residential directories is no surprise to legal researchers. How many times have you been asked to locate an important witness, ex-employee, relative of the deceased, or any one of a number of other people? Often these...
USA Today Debuts Electronic News Service
An electronic news service based on USA Today made its debut on Monday, April 17. "As USA Today made newspapers reader-friendly, the online service will set new standards for ease of use, timeliness of information and thoroughness of content," said Tom...
USA Today Debuts Electronic News Service
An electronic news service based on USA Today made its debut on Monday, April 17. "As USA Today made newspapers reader-friendly, the online service will set new standards for ease of use, timeliness of information and thoroughness of content," said Tom...
Voice and Images: Multimedia LEXIS-NEXIS Debuts at ABA Techs
LEXIS-NEXIS announced a broad array of multimedia products and services, including online images, voice and mobile computing capabilities for attorneys and expert system software at the American Bar Association Techshow in March.The LEXIS-NEXIS online...
Voice and Images: Multimedia LEXIS-NEXIS Debuts at ABA Techshow
LEXIS-NEXIS announced a broad array of multimedia products and services, including online images, voice and mobile computing capabilities for attorneys and expert system software at the American Bar Association Techshow in March. The LEXIS-NEXIS online...
Washington Online: How to Access the Government's Electronic
Washington Online: How to Access the Government's Electronic Bulletin BoardsEdited by Bruce MaxwellCongressional Quarterly, Washington, DC 1995Softcover $19.95ISBN: 1-56802-000-7Finally, here's a way to see just how all those tax dollars are being spent....