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EBSCO Information Services Launches EBSCO Online

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EBSCO Information Services Launches EBSCO Online

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EBSCO Information Services has announced the release of EBSCO Online, which features more than 1,200 electronic journals from a broad range of publishers, powerful searching capabilities, and a number of administrative/management features.

"EBSCO Online is a natural extension of the services and expertise we've offered for many years as a subscription agency," said F. Dixon Brooke Jr., vice president and division general manager of EBSCO Subscription Services. "We're simply taking those services to the next tier by offering access to and consolidation of electronic journal collections directly from EBSCO. This provides librarians, information professionals, and end users with one source, one search engine, one authentication process, and one company from which to meet their electronic subscription needs."

As a full-service solution for electronic journal management, EBSCO Online is a Web-based service that provides a single site for end users to search and access their library's collection of electronic journals. A key feature of the system is the ability to search across journal content regardless of publisher. Administrative features enable librarians to manage a dynamic electronic journal collection, order new electronic journals, and track usage. EBSCO Online handles authentication so customers do not have to deal with the problems of keeping up with multiple URLs, user names, and passwords. Administrators can choose from a variety of authentication methods to accommodate access depending on user-community needs.

"We have been working with a full range of publishers to provide the most valuable content available through the system," Brooke said. "Whether full text is located on EBSCO's server or on a publisher's, EBSCO Online's internal content-management system assures customers of the ability to fully search and access the latest content from electronic journals on subscription and available through the service. This includes tables of contents (TOCs), abstracts, and full text."

Development of the system began more than 2 years ago. External system testing began in early 1998 and involved numerous large academic and research libraries in the U. …

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