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Database Race to the Web

Magazine article Information Today

Database Race to the Web

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Ovid Technologies, Inc.: Ovid Web Online

Ovid Technologies, Inc. has announced the launch of Ovid Web Online, a new pay-as-you-go search service on the World Wide Web. Part of Ovid Online, Ovid Web Online will give customers Web access to more than 80 databases and will allow them to perform searches on a per-use basis. Any user with a browser and Internet access can subscribe. Once enrolled, customers are billed each month for database fees and display charges.

A range of databases are available in the categories of allied health, biomedical, business, general reference, humanities, science and technology, and social sciences. These include ABI/Inform, Bowker's Books in Print, Current Contents, EMBASE, MEDLINE, and PsycINFO. Ovid Full Text Collections, a full-text series of prominent journals that include graphics and illustrations, are also available through Ovid Web Online.

"Ovid Web Online puts incredible search power in the hands of those who may not have had it before, either because of cost or sporadic use," said Mark Nelson, president and CEO at Ovid. "With this service, individuals such as reference librarians, physicians, or students working at home can search on an as-needed basis. We're making Ovid available to a broader range of users."

Ovid Web Online represents a significant leap in technology and accessibility. Customers can access all types of information as they require it, from bibliographic citations and abstracts to full text and illustrations, with full Ovid functionality. All Ovid customers can now standardize on a single interface and take advantage of the ease-of-use and unique features of Web access, particularly Ovid's abilities to keep track of search histories and to manipulate previous search sets.

Ovid Web Online combines these capabilities with features innate to the Web, such as hypertext and graphical support. It offers key search features like mapping from natural language to controlled vocabulary, graphical thesauri and tree displays, database-specific limits, and the ability to save and re-execute search strategies. Users can browse tables of contents and e-mail, save, or print results. For a free demo, go to http:// preview.

Source: Ovid Technologies, Inc., New York, 212/563-3006; Fax: 212/563-3784;

STN International: STN Easy

STN International has launched STN Easy, a new Web-based service that provides anyone with an interest in science and technology user-friendly access to the STN scientific and technical information network. The launch was announced at the Online Information 96 conference in London on behalf of Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS); FIZ Karlsruhe; and Japan Science and Technology; Corporation, Information Center for Science and Technology which jointly operate STN in North America, Europe, and Japan.

STN Easy provides point-and-click World Wide Web access to selected databases on STN International, a leading online host for science and technology. More STN databases will be made accessible through STN Easy in the future. Without any knowledge of databases or search commands, anyone can use STN Easy to find and display information about chemistry, life sciences, patents, pharmaceuticals, physics, math/computer sciences, engineering, and general science. Material Safety Data Sheets are also available.

STN Easy offers two levels of searching: a basic level that requires no experience in scientific searching or with the World Wide Web itself and an advanced level for those with intermediate skills. A person using basic searching can simply select a subject category or database and enter a few words indicating the topic to be searched. Adding additional qualifying terms serves to focus the search more narrowly. Advanced searching allows a person to choose a subject category or database, select Boolean operators, and specify other qualifiers such as the name of the author or company. …

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