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Databases Added to FirstSearch

OCLC is adding three new databases that will be accessible from OCLC FirstSearch service.

The PAIS Decade database has been upgraded to the full PAIS International file. The full online file includes PAIS Bulletin (1976-1990); PAIS Foreign Language Index (1972-1990); PAIS International in Print (1991); and Director of Periodicals/Publishers (1991). This month OCLC is adding publisher information to the Books in Print database on both the OCLC FirstSearch service and the OCLC EPIC service. Publisher information will be updated quarterly.

Knight-Ridder Launches New Web Site

Knight-Ridder Information has launched a new, redesigned web site:. The site is designed to make access to information about Knight-Ridder products and services faster and more efficient.

EPIC Price Increases

Effective July 1, OCLC increased the price to access its EPIC service. Format display charges increased for non-practice databases for formats other than F1. EPIC connect-hour fees increased $5 per connect-hour for non-practice databases priced at $20 per connect-hour or less prior to July 1. Connect-hour fees increased $10 per connect-hour for those priced at $30 per connect-hour or more before the effective date.

Non-F1 display format fees increased 5-cents for formats priced at 30-cents or less before July 1. Format display fees increased 10-cents for formats priced at 40-cent or higher before the effective date.

New price lists reflecting the new EPIC prices are being printed for distribution.

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