Sunday, March 13, 2005

ITI InfoCentral - professional literature database is a recently launched database of 25,000 full-text articles from ITI's archives, from September 1987 to the present. The archives include publications such as Information Today, ONLINE, Searcher, Computers in Libraries, EContent, EMedia/EventDV, and KMWorld. It appears to be a great place to find the professional literature to keep up.

The database gets very high marks from Peter Jacso in his regular column "Peter's Digital Reference Shelf" on the Thomson Gale web site.

The database is a joint effort of ITI and ProQuest. Records include ProQuest's subject and geographic descriptors, classification codes, document type, ISSN, the length of the document in words, and the abstracts (or document summaries) — all provided at no cost.

According to Jacso: "Pay-per-view is the sweetest feature of ITI InfoCentral for those who don't have access to the databases that offer full documents. A few of the databases offering the same documents that are in ITI InfoCentral archive include Expanded Academic ASAP and InfoTrac from Thomson Gale; Academic Search Elite and Master File Premier from EBSCO; Research Library and ABI/INFORM from ProQuest; and OmniFile and Library & Information Science Full Text from H. W. Wilson. There are four pay-per-view options, the most expensive being the non-subscription based $2.99-per-article charge, which gets you the article lock, stock and barrel. There is no other service that offers a better pay-per-view alternative, i.e. one without commitment."

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