Dialog, a Thomson business and provider of online-based information services and integrated information solutions, has released a new database, MetalBase, to serve the global metals industry and its users. MetalBase (File 36) is a database accessible through Dialog-branded services that aggregates literature drawn internationally from publications and proceedings focused on the metals and allied industries, including aluminum, steel, and iron. Content includes articles and reports from specialized trade publications; books and monographs; proceedings from conferences, symposia and meetings (many not available elsewhere); journal articles; and patent documents. Among the metals topics included in MetalBase are forms, materials, products, processes, and properties. MetalBase also includes documents related to welding and allied processes. At its launch, MetalBase contained more than 316,000 documents, with additional documents added on an ongoing basis. Editorial coverage begins in 1966, making MetalBase one of the deepest archive of metals research available online. Dialog produced the new database by culling metals-related materials from two other databases available on its services, INSPEC (File 2) and Weldasearch (File 25).