Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)

Australian Scholarship Enhances International Academic Information Service

Updated 12 March, 1998

MEDIA RELEASE 98/1

AUSTRALIAN SCHOLARSHIP ENHANCES INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC INFORMATION SERVICE.

Expanded Academic ASAP, from Information Access Company, in use in most Australian universities, is now available in an International Edition, with additional content from journals requested by Australian University libraries.

MELBOURNE and CANBERRA, March 12, 1998 - IAC (Information Access Company) and CAUL (Council of Australian University Librarians) announced today the release of the International Edition of Expanded Academic ASAP on SearchBank. This includes all the content of the original edition plus Australian and New Zealand content from journals specifically requested by university libraries in Australia. The list of journals from which full-text content has been added includes: Journal of Australian Studies, Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, Quadrant, The Australian Journal of Politics and History, and ECOS.

This electronic database, delivered via SearchBank on the WWW, covers a wide range of subject areas within the social sciences, humanities, arts, and general sciences. It is designed for use predominantly by undergraduate students, and includes a high percentage of full-text articles, including images, as well as citations and abstracts.

Expanded Academic ASAP was introduced to Australian Universities via a 12 month trial, following a selection process led by John Shipp, University Librarian of the University of Sydney, on behalf of the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee. The trial, which began in February 1997, was funded through the Federal Government's National Priority (Reserve) Fund.

A critical aspect of the universities' evaluation process was to identify content, predominantly locally published material, which would maximize the direct relevance of the database to undergraduate studies in Australia.

Caroline Beatty, IAC's Sales Manager for Australia and New Zealand, said:

"The information revolution means students and academics expect to be able to find the information they need easily and quickly. This includes relevant articles from journals published all over the world. The input from the universities has been invaluable in helping us add real value to our Expanded Academic ASAP database."

SearchBank is a full service reference solution that offers 24 hour Internet access to the entire family of IAC academic databases enabling access to databases from the university campus and from any remote site. When accessing SearchBank databases, users have the ability to view, download and print full-text articles, abstracts and images using a compatible web browser. SearchBank is used by librarians and researchers worldwide to provide quick and comprehensive answers to questions across the reference spectrum----from academic disciplines and general reference to business, technology, law and health.

Information Access Company offers a complete range of business, legal, health, humanities, and general reference databases in a variety of formats. By combining skilled editorial perspective, innovative applications and advanced delivery technology, IAC products represent total information solutions for researchers the world over.

Information Access Company is a subsidiary of the Thomson Corporation and is based in Foster City, California. The local (Melbourne-based) IAC office supports customers throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Visit the IAC website at http://international.iacnet.com

Diane Costello
Executive Officer
Council of Australian University Librarians
LPO Box 169 (Licensed Post Office)
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel +612 6249 2990
Fax +612 6248 8571
diane.costello@anu.edu.au

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