Dialog Enhances Datastar

Nov 02, 2004


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Dialog, a Thomson business and provider of online-based information services and integrated information solutions, has completed a series of enhancements to its family of Dialog DataStar services that are intended to help users better focus the search process, be alerted to relevant new content, and integrate research into their work flow. Dialog DataStar services are used primarily for scientific and technical research. Dialog offers varying versions of Dialog DataStar geared to different types of researchers and the online environments in which they work.

Enhancements to Dialog DataStar include: New Post-Processing Tools, available on Dialog DataStarWeb and Dialog DataStarClassic--Users now have more flexibility to integrate retrieved information into text and data documents, such as in-house management reports or tables in research studies. Some databases available through Dialog DataStar, including EMBASE, MEDLINE and BIOSIS Previews, are now equipped with improved data exporting capabilities. Among other options, the new post-processing tools can funnel search results into ISI ResearchSoft applications, such as EndNote, ProCite, and Reference Manager.

Thesaurus Upgrade on Dialog DataStarWeb.--Dialog has improved search navigation for all biomedical databases that offer an online thesaurus, including EMBASE, MEDLINE, and Cinahl. New graphics and links have been added. Users can access the thesaurus by checking the Thesaurus Mapping Box, entering a term or using the browsing function.

New Alert Delivery Tracker, available on all versions of Dialog DataStar--Alerts enable users to better manage their automatically sent notification emails, generated when new content is added to a Dialog DataStar database that matches a user's customized profile. Improvements include verification if Alerts or document deliveries have been completed successfully, along with tools to correct errors.
(www.dialog.com; www.thomson.com)