FirstSearch Upgrade Provides Online Access to Documents

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The FirstSearch service now offers immediate online access to the full-text of nearly one million serial articles.

The full-text articles are linked to article citations in six FirstSearch databases and are accessible using the FirstSearch document delivery system. Users can view the text on a computer screen, send it to their Internet e-mail address, or do both. Users can also send the document to a local printer.

Full-Text Online is the sixth FirstSearch document delivery option. Other article delivery methods include fax; interlibrary loan; overnight and ordinary mail; and FastDoc, a full-image service that provides automated delivery of articles from scanned collections within an hour.

The full-text is being supplied by UMI and is available for articles found in 1400 journal titles. It is part of a system software upgrade, the sixth major upgrade in the three years since FirstSearch was introduced in October 1991.

"While we have included several important enhancements in this new release, we are most excited about the addition of ASCII full-text," said Rick Noble, OCLC vice president of reference services. "FirstSearch provides very comprehensive bibliographic coverage, and users want access to full-text to go with it.

"The ASCII UMI title that we have just made available are a wonderful complement to the document delivery and FastDoc options that were already in place," he said. …


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