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Latest Release of Aries' Knowledge Finder Targets Medical Internet and Intranet Users

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Latest Release of Aries' Knowledge Finder Targets Medical Internet and Intranet Users

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Aries Systems Corporation has announced the latest release of Knowledge Finder, marking the company's increased emphasis on Internet and intranet solutions, according to the announcement.

Aries says the emergence of wide-area computing has greatly expanded the number of novice users accessing complex bibliographic databases such as MEDLINE, CANAL, PsycLIT, and EMBASE Alert. The latest release of Knowledge Finder, version 4.0, is responsive to this trend by being a "gentle slope interface," which gives novice users immediate, high-quality answers to their questions through a natural language interface, and then gradually introduces them to additional database searching utilities such as Boolean operators and thesaurus browsing.

Knowledge Finder 4.0 includes new concept mapping tools. Search queries can be mapped to acronyms (for example, "AIDS" expands to "Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome"), like terms (for example, "heart attack" maps to "myocardial infarction"), and Pre-Exploded Thesaurus Terms (for example "disease" includes all thesaurus related disease concepts). Librarians and systems administrators can configure the concept mapping tools to match different skill levels within their organizations.

Knowledge Finder 4.0 also responds to the need to connect from bibliographic databases to full-content articles in a cost-effective manner, according to the company. …

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