DUBLIN, Ohio, Jan. 21, 1994--Information from HeadsUp, a service that provides access to some 15,000 news stories and releases each day, will be available this spring as BusinessNews on The FirstSearch Catalog and the EPIC service, OCLC online reference services.
HeadsUp is a service from INDIVIDUAL, Inc., a Cambridge, Mass., company founded in 1989 to filter and customize information from a wide range of electronic information sources.
BusinessNews will be comprised of brief summaries from two weeks worth of mostly business-related news items taken from some 300 wire services and other news sources. The summaries will appear in the EPIC and FirstSearch services the day after they are released by the various news services, so the databases will be updated daily. From FirstSearch, users will be able to order online the full text of the news items, receiving them by fax in about 30 minutes for $4.95 worldwide.
A retrospective file of older news releases will also be available on FirstSearch and EPIC.
"The BusinessNews database from HeadsUp provides the most up-to-date information from a wide variety of news sources," said Tam Dalrymple, OCLC reference services. "It's an excellent way to keep pace with new products and services, to monitor competitors, and to do research on the latest developments in a particular industry."
BusinessNews will be available in the United States and internationally per-search and by subscription on FirstSearch. Connect time price for the database on EPIC is $70 per hour, and the cost to view a summary record on EPIC is 40 cents.
EPIC users can set up Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) profiles to automatically search and retrieve news capsules in a particular field of interest as often as daily. EPIC users will be charged $1 each time their SDI profile is run.
The OCLC FirstSearch Catalog is designed for library patrons, with an end-user interface that allows patrons to move easily through the online search process in just a few simple steps, without training or online searching experience.
EPIC, a full-featured online reference system that provides subject access, and keyword and Boolean searching to a variety of databases, is used mostly by librarians and experienced searchers.
OCLC is a nonprofit computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 17,000 libraries in 52 countries and territories.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: Nita Dean (614) 761-5002