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Biosis intros Life Science Network.

Biosis Intros Life Science Network

Last month a new online end-user service, the Life Science Network, debuted on Biosis.

According to Robert O'Malley, Product Planning and Development, Biosis, the decision to develop the Life Science Network stemmed partly from user feedback, but it also grew out of the Biosis Connection database. "Connection was started and designed for the individual researcher. We felt we had achieved that goal when 75 percent of those accessing Connection were individual users. At that point, the time seemed right to make improvements to the Connection system."

With the Life Science Network, the individual researcher has access to approximately 80 databases in the life sciences and related disciplines. In addition to all Biosis databases being available through Life Science Network, the service also includes such databases as Agricola, Medline and CAB Abstracts. O'Malley says the beauty of the system is that it covers all areas of the life sciences, from biochemistry to food and nutrition, environmental science, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. Although individuals will use the Life Science Network in a variety of settings, O'Malley believes the system will be most utilized by corporate laboratories.

The Life Science Network's bibliographic and full-text databases are accessible through BT Tyment, Sprintnet or CompuServe. Special service features include the "Scan" and "Search" options and the "results driven" searching method. With the "Scan" a user can find out which of the 80 databases contains information on a specific topic without having to enter and search each database individually. A "Search" allows the user to view information off of one particular database. To make searching as simplistic as possible for the research end-user, the need to know database names and search language has been eliminated within Life Science Network. Instead, searches can be accomplished by entering menu choices and search terms.

Biosis provides extensive "Help" services as well that include a real-time online connection to a search specialist, the Biosis toll-free Help Desk, and online help text.

Pricing for Life Science Network is uniformly structured. There are set prices for Scans, Searches, abstracts and full text retrievals, and document delivery services. There is no charge when no "hits" or citations are retrieved.

End user reaction to Life Science Network has been very favorable thus far. O'Malley says that the calls they have received about the service have been very positive, and during a test run of the service, feedback from potential customers was also encouraging.

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