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EBSCO Announces Easier Access to Full Text

Magazine article Information Today

EBSCO Announces Easier Access to Full Text

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EBSCO Information Services has announced that it has taken the first step in the integration of its online services by linking proprietary databases from its online reference system to the full text of electronic journals available through its electronic journals service. This step allows users seamless access between indexing and abstracting databases and full-text articles available in their electronic journal collections, according to the announcement. Plans to combine search results and access to full text from searches conducted in EBSCO's databases and electronic journals were announced in January 1998. With the release of EBSCO Online in January 1999, the first step of the integration process was initiated.

Citations in proprietary databases available through EBSCO now link to full-text articles available via EBSCOhost and EBSCO Online. Customers who subscribe to databases and electronic.journals through EBSCO can use EBSCOhost to search against their favorite indexing and abstracting databases. Database results will appear as usual. However, if a citation references a publication to which a customer has access through EBSCO Online, an icon indicating the link to the full text will appear as part of the research results. According to the company, the new link creates a seamless interface for electronic journals, from indexing and abstracting services through to full text.

"We chose to focus on links from databases to full-text articles first," said John Fitts, vice president and general manager of EBSCO's Information Systems and Services department. …

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