U of Missouri Network Accesses Journal Citations through OCLC SiteSearch

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Beginning in the fall, the faculty, staff, and 61,000 students of the four campuses of the University of Missouri gained networked access to journal citations through OCLC SiteSearch software.

"The UM libraries' philosophy is that UM students, faculty, and staff should be able to locate and retrieve all types of computerized information using their desktop computers instead of having to use a variety of systems and interfaces," said George Rickerson, director, Office of Library Systems, University of Missouri System. "We believe client/server technology is a key element in achieving this goal of 'one-stop access.' This initial project, which takes advantage of the client/server architecture of OCLC's SiteSearch, is an important step toward making the goal a reality."

According to Rickerson, four elements were key in the selection of OCLC SiteSearch for this project: OCLC SiteSearch complies with the Z39.50 protocol, it provides the level of control needed, OCLC's options for licensing OCLC SiteSearch offer maximum flexibility, and the Newton database engine provides the indexing and searching power required for these types of databases.

Initially the University of Missouri is mounting four databases: Expanded Academic Index, Legal Resources Index, Business Index from Information Access Corporation, and Current Contents from the Institute for Scientific Information. …