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SilverPlatter Offers NTIS at Discount Price

Effective immediately and running through September 15, your library can subscribe to NTIS on SilverPlatter at a 10 percent discount. This applies only to new orders of this database.

Compiled by the U.S. National Technical Information Service, the NTIS database covers topics such as engineering, biotechnology, the environment, health and safety, business and the physical, biological and social sciences. Many items found in this database are not available from any other source. The database covers 1983 to the present and is available in all platforms.

OCLC Holds Annual FirstSearch Sale

BCR member libraries that purchase the OCLC FirstSearch service on a subscription and/or per-search basis can save significantly right now. Through August 31, libraries that order FirstSearch blocks can obtain searches at the lowest price level, currently 58-cents per search or $290 per block of 500 searches. What's more, libraries purchasing before that deadline also can lock in the lowest prevailing price for a 12-month period from the time of their order. The minimum purchase is one block for individual institutions or groups.

CA Student Edition New on FirstSearch

Chemical Abstracts Student Edition, a new customized database for undergraduate chemistry students, is available exclusively on OCLC FirstSearch on an annual subscription. A significant discount is available to libraries that subscribe to the CD-ROM Chemical Abstracts.

Designed by Chemical Abstracts Service and OCLC, the database contains more than 1.5 million records with bibliographic and abstract information. It covers 200,000 dissertations and 234 chemistry journals, including all core chemistry titles recommended by the American Chemical Society.

DataTimes Full Text No Longer on FirstSearch

UMI will no longer distribute DataTimes full text through the OCLC FirstSearch service. The DataTimes index on FirstSearch, with citations and lead paragraphs of most articles from 150 newspapers, will continue to be available. OCLC is in the process of securing alternative sources of newspaper full text.

UMI's Newspaper Abstracts and Business Dateline Databases, as well as The New York Times, which includes access to 90 days' worth of full-text articles, will continue uninterrupted on FirstSearch.

(For questions or to subscribe to any reference databases -- CD-ROM, online or Internet-accessible -- contact BCR's Jim Hensinger or Karen Graham.