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Enhanced PATS International Database Now Available on OCLC's FirstSearch

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Enhanced PATS International Database Now Available on OCLC's FirstSearch

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OCLC has announced that it has upgraded PATS International, the public policy database included on its FirstSearch service. According to the announcement, the enhanced PATS International features new indexing and record displays, which make searching the database faster, easier, and more flexible. PATS International now offers links to full text from other databases and electronic journals within FirstSearch, allowing users to access a growing number of articles online. In addition, PATS International gives users access to library holdings information and lets them limit their searches to items held by their own library or to specific library collections.

According to the company, the link from FirstSearch to the OCLC interlibrary loan service lets users quickly and efficiently submit loan requests for materials they need. PATS International on FirstSearch also integrates selected Web sites, as well as directory information for the journals, publishers, and distributors it covers. The materials included in the PATS International database go back to 1972.

"The enhancements added to PATS ... make it more valuable than ever to researchers investigating topics in world affairs, public policy, and the social sciences," said Lori Saviers, director of product marketing and licensing at OCLC's Reference and Resource Sharing Division. …

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