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SIRS Premieres SIRS Knowledge Source Search Environment at ALA Conference

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SIRS Premieres SIRS Knowledge Source Search Environment at ALA Conference

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SIRS Mandarin, Inc., the publisher of SIRS Researcher, SIRS Government Reporter, SIRS Renaissance, and SIRS Discoverer full-text reference databases, recently previewed its newest product, SIRS Knowledge Source. SIRS Knowledge Source is an online search environment designed to enable successful, user-oriented searching across multiple databases. According to the company, a single search will locate pertinent full-text and graphics from Researcher, Government Reporter, or Renaissance. Knowledge Source was demonstrated to the library community in both one-on-one and group demonstrations at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, held in Washington, DC, this past June.

SIRS Knowledge Source combines the full-text articles and unique supplemental almanac databases of SIRS Researcher, SIRS Government Reporter, and SIRS Renaissance. The system features three search methods-standard, advanced, and guided; multiple tagging, sorting, printing, and e-mailing options; specialized search history and retrieval features; and several other options. According to the company, SIRS Knowledge Source is uniquely suited to users who want to get information quickly, enabling them to complete many tasks-assignments, research, reference, and exploration. The Knowledge Source will also provide an optional link to SIRS Discoverer Deluxe, a database created specifically for elementary and middle school-aged children.

"SIRS Knowledge Source integrates SIRS's varied databases to speed searching and facilitate the interactivity of ideas and concepts," said Paula Jackson, SIRS vice president of operations. …

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