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CAS Announces Product and Database Enhancements

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CAS Announces Product and Database Enhancements

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Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has announced upgrades to its SciFinder desktop research tool, the inclusion of citations in its SciFinder databases and the STN International network, additions to its ChemPort service, and enhancements to its CAS Registry database.

SciFinder Upgrades

Among the new capabilities planned for release with the SciFinder 2000 version in the coming months are company name exploration, expanded access to full-text documents in the customer's corporate library, citation linking, reaction searching enhancements, and exploration tools for data mining and visualization, providing multidimensional graphing and navigation capabilities.

"More than 5 years ago we set out to bring Chemical Abstracts to the chemist's desktop. With SciFinder, we met that goal and more," said CAS director Robert J. Massie. "Today, tens of thousands of chemists worldwide can easily access the world's most comprehensive compendium of chemistry-related information, then search, retrieve, analyze, and link to key research information on the Web, all from their desktops."

SciFinder provides three search options: through conversational phrases, chemical names, or authors. It also allows scientists to search the molecular structure of a substance or reactions, and to browse through the tables of contents of more than 1,900 key scientific journals. In addition, users can request that SciFinder monitor new literature on a given topic and alert them to the latest publications.

Database Expansion

According to the announcement, the inclusion of citations in SciFinder's and the STN International network's databases will greatly increase researchers' ability to follow online research pathways from database records, to full-text documents, to the related documents they cite.

"We've taken the next logical step and moved the world's leading archive of chemical information to another level," said Matthew J. Toussant, CAS director of editorial operations. "Now, after identifying the published research they need among millions of journal and patent records in our databases, researchers can continue to follow the research pathway and examine the other articles and patents cited in the original documents."

In April, CAS made approximately 20 million citations available online from articles in thousands of the most significant chemistry-related journals, along with patents from the European, German, U.S., and World patent offices, starting from 1999. Users receiving a bibliographic record in the CA or CAplus file will see cited references in a separate "reference" field that identifies the document's author, publication reference, and, if available, a link to the complete database record in the CAS files on STN. These files include citations that appeared in patents and journal articles. Where possible, database records are linked to the full text of the cited document, giving the researcher a more complete picture of the research topic he or she is exploring.

ChemPort Additions

With newly added publications from major publishers--The American Physical Society, Institute of Physics, and EBSCO--ChemPort connects users of CAS information products to a total of 1,887 journals on the Web. Records in CAS databases and others on the STN International network are linked to the associated full-text journal articles along with patents.

"ChemPort offers our customers an unparalleled variety of access paths to full-text documents, with links to the publisher and patent office Web sites, the customer's own holdings, and now, subscription agents," said ChemPort manager Eileen Shanbrom. …

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