Jerusalem, Israel -- January 30, 2006. Ex Libris is pleased to announce that ScienceDirect and Scopus are now both enabled for MetaLib, the Ex Libris portal product. ScienceDirect and Scopus are Elsevier's primary science, technology, medicine and social science research information services. The new feature is the result of the MetaLib KnowledgeBase update released by Ex Libris, which extends MetaLib's MetaSearch functionality, allowing end users to search and retrieve results from ScienceDirect and Scopus.
With MetaLib, an institution can manage today's hybrid information resources- be they local or remote- under one umbrella. Using the MetaLib portal, library patrons can conduct a MetaSearch across heterogeneous resources. From the search results, links are available directly to ScienceDirect and Scopus, providing seamless, single-click access to full-text articles and abstracts on these platforms. This service is freely available to all MetaLib customers that have a full ScienceDirect and/or Scopus license.
This collaboration with Ex Libris signifies Elsevier's continued commitment to providing widespread access to research literature, and comes in addition to federated search access to ScienceDirect and Scopus from ENCompass, the federated search portal from Elsevier's Endeavor. Next to Elsevier's own highly popular and intuitive user interfaces, end users can now search ScienceDirect and Scopus through MetaLib's integrated library portal, thereby increasing their options for finding the high-value information they need. As a result, both Elsevier's premier peer-reviewed literature in ScienceDirect, and abstracts from over 14,000 journals and 4,000 publishers in Scopus are made even easier for researchers to access and search.
"Scopus and ScienceDirect are committed to making it as quick and easy as possible for researchers to find the research information they need," said Amanda Spiteri, marketing director for ScienceDirect and bibliographic databases. "By enabling search with MetaLib we are liberating the researcher and expanding his options to flexibly search these systems using whatever method he or she is most comfortable with. This represents a further step in opening up Elsevier's content and increasing the interaction and interoperability with the library environment."
Chris Roberts, Product Manager, MetaLib KnowledgeBase, adds, "The MetaLib Central KnowledgeBase contains many 'configuration' records that control searching of information resources. Ex Libris works with its customers to determine the highest priority resources and works with information vendors to develop configurations to search their resources. The best of the configuration records are based on standard technologies provided by the information vendor, such as z39.50 and XML gateways. This integration is the result of requests from the MetaLib user community and represents cooperation between Ex Libris and Elsevier. Ex Libris is pleased to be able to provide searching of ScienceDirect and Scopus via MetaLib using Elsevier's XML Gateway."
ScienceDirect is an essential information resource for millions of researchers, scientists, engineers, professionals and students. It features more than a quarter of the world's electronic collection of science, technology and medicine full-text, peer-reviewed articles.
More than 2,000 journals and hundreds of books from Elsevier - including prestigious titles such as The Lancet, Cell, Tetrahedron Letters, the Handbooks in Economics Series and the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences - are available on ScienceDirect.
Scopus was designed and developed with over 300 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 14,000 titles from 4,000 different publishers, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers citation information about the articles covered, but also integrates Web and patent searches directly from its clean and simple interface. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool.
For more information about Scopus please visit www.info.scopus.com.
Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, Elsevier publishes more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com/), MD Consult (http://www.mdconsult.com/), Scopus (http://www.news.scopus.com/), bibliographic databases, and online reference works.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at over 1500 sites in 62 countries. MetaLib(r), the information portal for library collections, and SFX, the context-sensitive linking solution for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have collectively been purchased by more than 900 institutions in 36 countries. DigiTool, a solution for the construction of digital collections, and Verde, the new electronic resource management (ERM) system, complete the Ex Libris product suite.