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Articles from Vol. 14, No. 9, October

ABC-CLIO Develops New Line of Multimedia Reference CD-ROMs
ABC-CLIO, a leading reference publisher, has announced a new line of CD-ROMs debuting this fall. The product line will include ResourceLinks, versatile research products, as well as several Biographical Dictionaries on CD, of which American Leaders...
A Full-Featured Web Service Evolves from News/Retrieval
Dow Jones has been meeting the challenge of the Internet head-on, aggressively working to change its products and services and pricing to meet increased expectations and changing times. Now it is rolling out what it calls "a customizable enterprise-wide...
A Full-Featured Web Service Evolves from News/Retrieval; Dow Jones Interactive Makes Its Web Debut
Dow Jones has been meeting the challenge of the Internet head-on, aggressively working to change its products and services and pricing to meet increased expectations and changing times. Now it is rolling out what it calls "a customizable enterprise-wide...
Ameritech Horizons Expands Functionality with Release 4.2
Ameritech Library Services recently announced the release of Horizon version 4.2, which features expanded Z39.50 functionality and PAC enchancements. Library patrons will now have greater searching capabilities through linked bibliographic records,...
And, the Buyer Is.Still on Hold
As we went to press with the September issue, we received word that MAID plc of London was in discussions with Knight-Ridder, Inc. over the possible acquisition of Knight-Ridder Information, Inc. (KRI), so we squeezed the news item into the issue. The...
And, the Buyer Is ... Still on Hold; the Fate of Knight-Ridder Information Is Unknown
As we went to press with he September issue, we received word that MAID plc of London was in discussions with Knight-Ridder, Inc. over the possible acquisition of Knight-Ridder Information, Inc. (KRI), so we squeezed the news item into the issue....
Art Theorists of the Italian Reaissance Now Available on CD-ROM from Chadwyck-Healey
Chadwyck-Healey has announced the release of Art Theorists of the Italian Renaissance (ATIR) on CD-ROM, the most extensive collection of Renaissance works on art, architecture, and related disciplines ever assembled, according to the company. ...
Art Theorists of the Italian Renaissance Now Available on CD-ROM from Chadwyck-Healey
Chadwyck-Healey has announced the release of Art Theorists of the Italian Renaissance (ATIR) on CD-ROM, the most extensive collection of Renaissance works on art, architecture, and related disciplines ever assembled, according to the company. Art Theorists...
Back to Work on the Web Products
My mother used to try to "guilt" me into productive action. I recall once, as a teenager, when she asked me a familiar question, "How can you just sit there and watch me work?" For the first time, I actually tried to answer what I had long considered...
Back to Work on the Web Products; BQ's Wake-Up Call Continues: "What Do Web Workers Require, Part Deux"
My mother used to try to "guilt" me into productive action. I recall once, as a teenager, when she asked me a familiar question, "How can you just sit there and watch me work?" For the first time, I actually tried to answer what I had long considered...
CASPR Purchases McGraw-Hill's Library Software and Services
CASPR Library Systems and McGraw-Hill School Systems have announced the purchase of the library automation products and services of McGraw-Hill School Systems by CASPR. These products include the Columbia Library System (CLS), which, according to...
CAS's SciFinder and New SciFinder Scholar Deliver Access to Comprehensive Chemistry Databases
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a leading provider of chemical information, has announced a new product, SciFinder Scholar, that will change the way chemistry faculty and graduate students conduct research, according to the company. SciFinder Scholar...
CatchWord Partners with OCLC for Electronic Journals Online
CatchWord Ltd., a U.K. supplier of Internet publishing solutions for research journal publishers, has announced a new partnership with OCLC's FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online (ECO) service. The electronic journals held on CatchWord's Realpage...
CatchWord Partners with OCLC for Electronic Journals Online
CatchWord Ltd., a U.K. supplier of Internet publishing solutions for research journal publishers, has announced a new partnership with OCLC's FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online (ECO) service. The electronic journals held on CatchWord's RealPage...
COMPanion Corporation Releases Alexandria 4.0 Library Software to the K-12 Market
COMPanion Corporation, a Salt Lake City-based library and educational software producer, has announced the release of Alexandria 4.0, its library automation software for the K-12 education market. The new Alexandria gives schools access to greater...
Creative Educational Use of the Internet
By the time you read this column, it's probably already cooled off where you are, and the leaves may be starting to turn. Here in Florida, we're riding out the end of hurricane season, which is officially over November 1. My favorite spot for keeping...
Creative Educational Use of the Internet: Educators Can Access Policies, Lesson Plans, and Resources Galore
By the time you read this column, it's probably already cooled off where you are,a nd the leaves may be starting to turn. Here in Florida, we're riding out the end of hurricane season, which is officially over November 1. My favorite spot for keeping...
D&B Offers Internet Access to Global Business Information
Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) has announced that Internet users from around the world can now purchase business information on more than 17 million companies, located in more than 200 countries, from D&B's Web site (http:// www.dnb.com) using...
Disclosure to Distribute I/B/E/S Trapeze Research Reports Online Via Global Access
Primark Corporation has announced that its subsidiaries Disclosure Incorporated and I/B/E/S International will work together to deliver Trapeze investment research via Global Access, Disclosure's real-time online platform. Disclosure is a leading...
DVD-ROM: CD-ROM on Steroids
In my Multimedia Medley column in this issue (page 36), I discuss why DVD-Video is not the threat to CDROM that it is often depicted to be. I also state that DVD-ROM could be the kiss of death for CD-ROM-if it did not look like DVD-Video both from the...
DVD-ROM: CD-ROM on Steroids; DVD-ROM - in Contrast to DVD-Vido - Could Pose a Threat to CD-ROM
In my Multimedia Medley column in this issue (page 36), I discussed why DVD-Video is not the threat to CD-ROm that it is often depicted to be. I also state that DVD-ROM could be the kiss of death for CD-ROM -- if it did not look like DVD-Video both...
DVD-Video: The First Promise Arrives
Various computer magazines and Web sites predicted the demise of CD-ROM technology when the first DVD drives finally hit stores this spring in selected cities. The term "DVD" doesn't really stand for anything now, by the way, having become a name in...
DVD-Video: The First Promise Arrives; the Technology Offers Movie-Theater-Quality Audio and Video ... on Your TV
Various computer magazines and Web sites predicted the demise of CD-ROM technology when the first DVD drives finally hit stores this spring in selected cities. The term "DVD" doesn't really stand for anything now, by the way, having become a name in...
EBSCO Releases Collectanea Corporate DeskTop Library 3.0
EBSCO Publishing has announced that Collectanea Corporate DeskTop Library version 3.0 now offers a more comprehensive and integrated way to searching for information across a variety of data sources for a fixed annual site license. With more options...
Electronic Commerce Web Site Offers Research Room
The Wilson Web Retail Commerce Center site (http://www.wilsonweb.com/ research) produced by Wilson Internet Services of Rocklin, California, (not to be confused with H.W. Wilson) is providing free information about online sales in its Electronic Commerce...
El Nino Claims Its First Industry Victim
El Nino can be credited with putting away its first victim among information industry companies as NewsNet, Inc., a 15-year-old industry innovator, closed its doors last month. Industry observers are now wondering which companies are most vulnerable...
EOS International Announces T Series Version 300
Electronic Online Systems (EOS) International has announced the T Series Version 300, a new upgrade to its integrated library management system. The T Series (formerly known as The Information Navigator in the U.S. and TINLIB throughout the rest...
Financial, Business Data Hit the Web
During the last year, the Web has witnessed a huge increase in financial/business services. Whether you want to search for a respectable trader, need to find out how your share prices are doing, or require the latest news on a particular company, the...
Financial, Business Data Hit the Web; Reuters, FT Information, Bloomberg, and Others Take the Web Seriously
During the last year, the Web has witnessed a huge increase in financial/business services. Whether you want to search for a respectable trader, need to find out how your share prices are doing, or require the latest news on a particular company,...
FT Information, DJIP, KRI Launch World Reporter Database
Knight-Ridder Information, Financial Times Information, and Dow Jones Interactive Publishing have announced the launch of World Reporter, a new online database that provides news and business information from across the globe. World Reporter customers...
GaleNet Introduces Favorites to the Web
GaleNet, the Web service from Gale Research, is striking with "gale" force. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) It may reshape American libraries more tan anything since Andrew Carnegie. Just imagine replacing all of those endless sets of Gale reference books...
GaleNet Introduces Favorites to the Web; Reference Publisher Gale Has Effectively "Webified" Many of Its Databases
GaleNet, the Web service from Gale Research, is striking with "gale" force. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) It may reshape American libraries more than anything since Andrew Carnegie. Just imagine replacing all of those endless sets of Gale reference...
H.W. Wilson Research Site to Offer Additional Databases Plus Ongoing Service Enhancements
The H.W. Wilson Company has announced the addition of new full-text, abstract, and index databases to its WilsonWeb online reference systems, as well as ongoing service enhancements to the system. The total number of Wilson databases available...
IAC Introduces New Release of Its InSite Suite of End-User Business Research Products
Information Access Company (IAC) has announced the immediate availability of InSite Release 1.7, the lates of its suite of popular end-user business research products available on the World Wide Web. The new release is a available free of charge to...
Inso Announces New Version of Its Web Publishing System
Inso Corporation has announced Version 2.1 of the DynaBase Web Publishing System. DynaBase 2.1 provides an efficient solution for developing and managing high-impact, dynamic Web content that is personalized for individual end-user needs. Version...
Investext Offers Expert Aerospace & Defense Market Intelligence, Adds High-Tech Market Research Content
MarkIntel, The Investext Group's online market research database, has announced the addition of Forecast International, a leading producer of aerospace, defense, electronics, and power systems market intelligence, to its growing list of content providers....
ISI Releases Two New Conference Proceedings Databases for Current Contents Subscribers
The Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) has announced the availability of Current Contents Proceedings (CC Proceedings), a new database option exclusively for current subscribers of Current Contents. Published monthly, the new databases will...
ITS-MARC to Provide Online Access to MARC Records
The Library Corporation (TLC) has announced ITS-MARC, a new service that provides Web access to TLC's pool of approximately 10 million non-royalty MARC records for one fixed price per user. "ITS-MARC provides an essential service that gives libraries...
Kodak Introduces Bright White CD-R Discs for Custom Printing
Eastman Kodak Company has announced a new CD-Recordable product that offers a bright white CD finish for thermal transfer printing. New white Kodak Digital Science CD-R media allows users to print custom information -- such as text, pictures, logs,...
Learned Information Europe Publishes the Computer Software & Services CD-ROM 1998
Learned Information Europe Ltd has announced a new CD-ROM that provides information on U.K.-based software companies. The Computer Software & Services CD-ROM 1998 contains comprehensive details of U.K. software companies, products, and information...
LEXIS-NEXIS Adds ABA and CCH Publications; LEXIS Introduces Document Services Software
LEXIS-NEXIS and CCH Incorporated have announced that they have signed a letter of intent to make CCH publications available on the LEXIS-NEXIS services and to jointly develop new products. CCH, a leading provider of tax and business law information,...
LEXIS-NEXIS Announces Web Service for Legal Professionals
LEWIS-NEXIS has announced its first Web-based, interactive resource offering a number of customized information services for the legal community, including sending documents in a secure electronic environment via industry-standard Web-browser software....
LEXIX-NEXIS Adds ABA and CCH Publications; LEXIS Introduces Document Services Software
LEXIS-NEXIS and CCH Incorporated have announced that they have signed a letter of intent to make CCH publications available on the LEXIS-NEXIS services and to jointly develop new products. CCH, a leading provider of tax and business law information,...
Manning & Napier Adds IAC Content to DR-LINK Service
Manning & Napier Information Services (MNIS), a pioneer in the development of text and patent data mining and information analytics, has announced an agreement with Information Access Company (IAC) to provide the full text of several thousand...
MarketScape Announces WebCD Pro Software
MarketScape has announced the Web-CD Pro Publishing Solution, software to distribute Web sites on "live" CD-ROMs that connect to the Net for automatic updates and e-commerce transactions. The new product ends time-wasting downloads, according to the...
Medical Search Engines: Myth or Marvel?
The search for reliable medical information on the Internet can feel similar to standing in a supermarket checkout line and glancing at health and medicine headlines that abound on the covers of the magazines displayed there. For the analogy to work...
Medical Search Engines: Myth or Marvel? Search Results and Quality of Information Vary Greatly among Resources
The search for reliable medical information on the Internet can feel similar to standing in a supermarket checkout line and glancing at health and medicine headlines that abound on the covers of the magazines displayed there. For the analogy to work...
MicroVideo Announces Learning at the Desktop Streaming Video Training Systems
MicroVideo Learning Systems, a pioneer in delivering media-rich software training and on-demand help systems, has announced the development and release of its Learning at the Desktop for Networks product. MicroVideo has developed technology enabling...
NARA Publishes Databases on the Web with Cuadra STAR
The National Archives and Records administration (NARA) is offering access to its database via the Internet with help from Cuadra Associates' STAR Web Interface. STAR is an information management and retrieval software that is connected to any Web...
New Product Releases from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has announced that, in cooperation with the U.K. Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it is introducing a new database on its own CD-ROM. HSELINE is a bibliographic database created by the...
News and Views from Online World
Online, Inc.'s Online World Conference & Expo was held-uncharacteristically-in September this year, in Washington, DC. It ran from September 15-17 (but moves back to October next year) and was well attended by information professionals and other...
News and Views from Online World: Optimism Reigned among Speakers, Exhibitors ... and Most Attendees
Online, Inc.'s Online World Conference & Expo was held -- uncharacteristically -- in September this year, in Washington, DC. It ran from September 15-17 (but moves back to October next year) and was well attended by information professionals and...
Online World: Phenomena, Comments, and Notes
HotBot, the Corporate Sponsor, Was Hot! I chaired a session at the National Online conference in May of this year titled Internet and Search Engines: Producer Views" and wrote about it in the July/August issue of Information Today. Here are a couple...
Plug-Ins, Plug Ins Everywhere!
The fast-growing area of Web development currently seems to be focusing on plug-ins. There are now over 250 plug-ins shipping (over 150 for Netscape and over 100 for ActiveX controls, Internet Explorer's version of plug-ins). Is more better? With so...
Plug-Ins, Plug-Ins Everywhere! Web Publishers and Users Must Cope with a Dizzying Array of Choices
The fast-growing area of Web development currently seems to be focusing on plug-ins. There are now over 250 plug-ins shipping (over 150 for Netscape and over 100 for ActiveX controls, Internet Explorer's version of plug-ins). Is more better? With...
Politicians Wrestle with Digital Issues
For information professionals whose memory of the Internet spans the decades back to the 1980s and the 1970s, the impression often given of the network of networks is warp-speed development from birth to adulthood. Fortunately, they can newer Internet...
Progressive Networks Wins MASIE Center Award for Innovations in Online Learning
Progressive Networks has announced that it has won the MASIE Center award, Excellence in Online Learning Adoption, for the pioneering efforts that RealAudio and RealVideo have made in distributed multimedia over the Internet and corporate intranets....
Responsive Database Services Launches BUSINESS & INDUSTRY on the Web
Responsive Database Services, Inc. (RDS) recently announced that it has launched Internet access to its B&I Database. BUSINESS & INDUSTRY on the Web is now available at http://www. bidb.com. Designed with extensive user participation and...
Secrets of the Super Net Searchers
Secrets of the Super Net Searchers by Reva Basch Wilton, CT: Pemberton Press 1996 ISBN: 0-910965-22-6 338 Pages. Paperback $29.95 In the past few years, the Internet has become a major information source. More people than ever can access and use it....
Shirl's Print Picks of the Month
If you're like many computer users. Windows 95 was something you had thrust upon you rather than something you embraced joyfully. And yet, you absolutely. positively do not want this complex, temperamental operating system to get the better of you. Take...
SilverPlatter Releases Two New Products: EIU's China Hand and the Thomson Bank Directory
SilverPlatter Information has announced the release of two new products. The first, China Hand from EIU, is a full-text database that covers China's rapidly changing business environment. The second new product is the Thomson Bank Directory, a comprehensive,...
Smart Storage Upgrades SmartCD to Support Network CD Production, LAN/Internet Storage
Smart Storage, Inc., an industry leader in network-based CD storage software, has announced a new suite of network storage software for Windows NT environments that includes its latest version, SmartCD v. 2.5 for Windows NT. "With our SmartCD...
Standard & Poor's Advantage Provides Access to Analytical and Statistical Resources
Standard & Poor's, a leading provider of financial information, is launching Standard & Poor's Advantage, a new product that gives investors, researchers, and planners access to up to nine of the company's most valuable databases. The product...
Sumeria Announces Wild Africa: Okavango, Chobe, Makgadikgadi
Sumeria, Inc., a San Francisco-based publishing company, has announced the second volume in its Wild Africa series in multiple formats as CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, VHS-Video, and Internet-supported product, making it the company's first cross-media product....
Swets Extends Internet Access to 25 SilverPlatter Databases
Swets & Zeitlinger has now greatly expanded the number of SilverPlatter databases available over the Internet. New titles, now totaling 25 and listed below, give coverage in biomedical sciences, life sciences, biotechnology, business and finance,...
SwetsNet Journals Service Now Offers Multilevel Linking
Swets & Zeitlinger has announced a new capability for its recently released Web-based full-text electronic journals service, SwetsNet. SwetsNet is now able to handle direct links from third-party software vendors. With this new technology, according...
The American Chemical Society Launches 26 Electronic Journals
The American Chemical Society (ACS), a leading scientific society for chemists and chemical engineers. announced the new electronic versions of its journals at the society's national meeting in Las Vegas last month. The launch of ACS's entire collection...
The Learning Company Launches Two Reference Products under Compton's Brand
The Learning Company, Inc., a leading provider of educational software, has announced the launch of the 1998 Edition of The Complete Reference Collection under the Compton's Home Library brand. Designed for adults and families, The Complete Reference...
Thomson & Thomson Service Screens Trademark Use on the Web
Thomson & Thomson, a leader in trademark and copyright services, has announced the SAEGIS Internet Search, a new tool for conducting a Common Law screening on the Web for a proposed trademark. It was designed by trademark experts at Thomson &...
UMI, Dow Jones in Long-Term Alliance
Last month, we reported on the changing marketing strategies at UMI, with a reemphasis on the academic, public, and government libraries markets, a launch into the growing K-12 education market, and a definite fall back from competing in the corporate...
UMI Unveils Web-Based Upgrade to ProQuest Direct
UMI has released a new Web version of its online information system, ProQuest Direct, according to a recent company announcement. ProQuest Direct 1.5 is an enhancement that offers new features to K-12 schools and to academic, public, government, and...
Union Lists of Periodicals Database Added to OCLC's FirstSearch, Enhancements Noted
OCLC has announced that, in response for requests from libraries to make information on local serial holdings available via FirstSearch, it has introduced the OCLC Union Lists of Periodicals data-base. This collection of more than 7 million local...
vImpact Releases the Library Channel Version 2.0
vImpact, a Columbus, Ohio-based software development company that codeveloped The Library Channel, has announced the release of The Library Channel version 2.0. The Library Channel is billed as a "guided access" alternative to pure Internet browsers...
VR Didatech Announces Canadian Treasures CD-ROM
Canada's history and varied cultures are showcased in a new educational CD-ROM release, Canadian Treasures, that was recently announced by VR Didatech. Developed in cooperation with the National Archives of Canada, it brings the wealth of rare records...
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