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EBSCOhost Version 3.1 to Offer PDF Images

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EBSCOhost Version 3.1 to Offer PDF Images

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EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has announced the upcoming release of version 3.1 of EBSCOhost, its online reference service. This newest version, scheduled to be released in the spring, will offer users Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) images and additional database-specific limiters. In addition, version 3.1 will be Y2K-compliant. EBSCO demonstrated a beta version of EBSCOhost version 3.1 during the ALA Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia.

According to the company, the PDF images will offer an alternative, high-quality method of viewing electronic copies of published articles. With PDF, articles appear as they were published in the actual periodical, allowing for an enhanced graphical representation of those charts, equations, and graphs that are difficult to represent in ASCII text. For this reason, many of EBSCO's peer-reviewed titles will be offered in PDF format, including the Asian Business Review, Foreign Affairs, the British Journal of Psychology, and the Journal of Behavioral Science, among hundreds of others.

PDF content will also be available on a number of EBSCO products: the Academic Search-product line (Academic Search Select, Academic Search Elite, Academic Search Plus, and Academic Search International), the Business Source product line (Business Source Elite, Business Source Plus, and Business Source Premier), and on the company's corporate search service, Corporate ResourceNet.

Knowing that bandwidth and hardware varies among its customers, EBSCO will be offering a combination of black-and-white and gray-scale PDF images to ensure fast download times. Library administrators will be able to control access to PDF images with the user-profiling options available with EBSCOadmin, the administrative component of EBSCOhost. …

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