Magazine article Information Today

Point-and-Click Data Retrieval on Internet Via Cornell's Main Library

Magazine article Information Today

Point-and-Click Data Retrieval on Internet Via Cornell's Main Library

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The new Mann Gateway at Cornell University opened a major interchange on the information autobahn in February.

Through the Mann Gateway, Internet surfers may point-and-click through the 400 databases waiting to be tapped, siphoned, or otherwise explored. Within a year, the library hopes to boast more than 1,000 online databases available through the gateway.

The gateway is a front-end user interface that organizes the databases either by subject or title. Like many other home pages on the World Wide Web (WWW) server, the gateway provides an easy access way for some tough-to-find information.

Available databases range from newspaper article text services and agricultural statistics to AIDS information and farming real estate tax histories. In fact, the Mann Gateway has signed contracts with major online data suppliers like Knight-Ridder's Dialog Service which provides the full text of all articles in 100 major newspapers. The articles could date back into die early 1980s.

Plans for building the Mann Gateway started in 1989 and it went online in 1991. Originally built as a research link between Mann Library and the biological sciences, it branched into providing databases of all sorts. …

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