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Libraries present e-resource celebration

This afternoon (April 5) from 2-4pm, the MIT Libraries will sponsor a celebration of the 200th database and the 1,200th electronic journal to become available to the MIT community via the campus web site.

The event will be held in the Science Library (Rm 14S-100) and will feature demonstrations of the databases and e-journals, refreshments, mementos, and a drawing for a door prize -- a gift certificate to the MIT Press Bookstore. A terminal to demonstrate the electronic resources will also be set up in the Student Center from 11am-1pm.

Derwent Innovations Index, a new web-based resource that allows searching of the worldwide patent literature, is the 200th database to be made available by the MIT Libraries. Coverage for many source patents begins in 1963. Updated weekly, the database can be searched on many elements, including topic, assignee, inventor, and patent number. Full citations and a detailed abstract are presented for each patent.

Science, the weekly magazine published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is the 1,200th electronic journal accessible through the Libraries to the MIT community. Available in full text are issues from October 1995 to the present. This online version of the journal is searchable by such elements as author, title and topic, as well as by individual words in the title, abstract or in the entire article.

"These 200 databases and 1,200 electronic journals -- in science and technology, the social sciences, management, architecture and planning, the humanities and the arts -- reflect a profound revolution in library service," said Ellen Duranceau, digital resources acquisitions librarian. "With the power of the web, we can now offer desktop access to key resources from anywhere on campus. We hope that everyone at MIT will take advantage of this flexible and efficient access, for it is safe to say that with 1,400 titles available on all topics, we have something for everyone."

The e-resource celebration will also feature demonstrations of Vera, the Libraries' new interface for accessing e-resources. For Vera and other information on the MIT Libraries, go to the Libraries web site.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 5, 2000.

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