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University of Delaware Launches Information Retrieval Service

Magazine article Information Today

University of Delaware Launches Information Retrieval Service

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University of Delaware Launches Information Retrieval Service

March roared into Delaware like a lion this year and the lion in question is known as DELCAT PLUS, a new information retrieval service. The system provided by the University of Delaware offers access to four commercially available databases.

Last month, the University held an opening reception in the Morris Library to launch the new service. Representatives from BRS, UMI, the Institute for Scientific Information, and Engineering Information were on hand along with faculty, students and invited guests to inaugurate this significant event.

DELCAT Plus provides access to hundreds of thousands of entries in three databases of professional journal literature across several major disciplines in the fields of arts and humanities, business engineering and technology. DELCAT Plus also provides access to one full-text database.

With DELCAT Plus and using the BRS/Search software from BRS Information Technologies, a division of Maxwell Online, Inc., the University has provided access to the four databases which are loaded on the library's IBM mainframe. The databases are ABI/Inform from University Microfilm, Inc., Arts and Humanities Citation Index from the Institute for Scientific Information, Inc., Compendex from Engineering Information, Inc., and the Harvard Business Review from John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Two of the databases, Compendex and Arts & Humanities Citation Index, have not been loaded at other institutions before, according to the producers.

DELCAT Plus is available now in the Morris Library, and will become available in mid-1989 on the campus network for University faculty, staff and student use.

No fees are charged to users for access to DELCAT Plus nor are special BRS passwords necessary since the existing University computing password system will be used. Susan Bryntheson, director of Libraries, stated. "The unique character of the mix of databases selected, coupled with free access to a very easy to use system will greatly enhance access to research literature for the entire University community."

When asked by Information Today what led to the decision to offer this new service, Ms. Brynteson replied "The University of Delaware is known for state of the art library automation. DELCAT, which contains information about the collection of the University Library, has experienced heavy use since its' initiation in 1986. But, there has been a lack of enthusiasm, especially among undergraduates, for free-based services. …

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