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Scholarly Databases Gain Powerful New Search Features from O

Magazine article Information Today

Scholarly Databases Gain Powerful New Search Features from O

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At the 18th International Online Information Meeting in London last December, BIOSIS and CD Plus Technologies announced their collaboration to bring together comprehensive life science databases and a common user interface. As a result of this agreement, Biological Abstracts and Biological Abstracts/RRM are now available on compact disc and hard disc using the powerful OVID search software.

These databases join a rapidly expanding library that now contains almost two dozen key academic and scientific titles and a dozen more that are biomedical--all equipped with the OVID Search Software. More bibliographic databases are on the way.

"The reason for the expansion is that OVID has become the software of choice at many general academic institutions," says Mark Nelson, developer of the OVID common user interface and founder and president of CDP Technologies. "Patrons at leading research centers and consortia like the University of Texas, Northwestern University, OhioLINK, McGill University and the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries experienced OVID's full potential while searching our biomedical databases. Now they're demanding the same features and functionality for the academic and scientific data they use."

"One of OVID's most popular features," explains Mr. Nelson, "is its ability to provide identical functionality across the Windows, DOS and Unix operating platforms. A number of our customers have found that OVID's common user interface helps reduce the amount of training required by end users."

Another powerful feature available with OVID is its graphical thesauri displays. Available in databases with complex vocabularies, these thesauri displays allow users to view and understand controlled vocabularies and their hierarchical relationships. OVID also provides valuable posting information, eliminating the need to switch back and forth between the thesauri and search screens. …

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