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LexisNexis launches Law Campus (UK LexisWeb beta)

From 4/29/2010 press release:

A new free online legal resource for students and academics

From today via Law Campus, a new web resource from LexisNexis, a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions, law students and academics will be able to access a wealth of information, support and expertise to assist with both legal studies and research, absolutely free.

This new, online legal resource and community combines unique content including video tutorials, blogs, and interactive video teaching materials to support academic study and legal research training.

Tom Laidlaw, Head of Academic Development, LexisNexis said; “LawCampus has been designed as an easy way for both students and academics to keep abreast of the latest developments in the law – and share information and ideas. Instant online access to the LexisNexis academic training team, as well as brand new training videos for our acclaimed LexisLibrary service, will help both students and academics get the most out of the LexisNexis research tools their universities subscribe to. For students, it will also enable them to start to align their working practices to those of real world lawyers encouraging them to seek out information, ask the advice of peers and specialists, and effectively self-educate; and so develop skills that are of paramount importance to the modern lawyer.”

Key benefits of LawCampus include:

  • Easy access to unique content, including interviews with Lord Denning commented on by leading academics
  • Instant online access to the LexisNexis academic training team, through email and MSN, and brand-new training videos for the acclaimed LexisLibrary service
  • Direct contact with LexisNexis Student Associates – fellow law students who can help students improve their research skills and find out about events and initiatives at their relevant institutions
  • Valuable career information – the ‘Day in the Life’ feature offers information on a range of legal and related careers
  • The latest legal, case and legislation news with links to full expert analysis.

LawCampus is now live and access is free via www.lexisweb.co.uk/lawcampus

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PubMed Extends its Reach

From NLM press release:

Harry Truman was President, gas cost 15 cents a gallon, the transistor was invented, and internationally renowned surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey was publishing articles on the US Army’s World War II experience with battle injuries, military surgery, and the use of streptomycin therapy. Citations to these and more than 60,000 other articles indexed in the 1947 Current List of Medical Literature (CLML) are now available in the National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE/PubMed database (www.pubmed.gov).

When the original MEDLINE database made its debut in 1971, it contained citations to journal articles mostly published from approximately 1966 forward. NLM began to expand the retrospective coverage of the database in 1996, when more than 307,000 citations originally published in the 1964 and 1965 Cumulated Index Medicus were made available as OLDMEDLINE. The Library has been moving steadily backward in time ever since.

Although 1947 may seem far back in the rear view mirror of history, important articles in biomedicine appeared that year and may hold vital lessons for research in the 21st century. “Some contemporary medical questions can only be answered by consulting the older literature,” observed NLM Director Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg. “NLM is working to make the journal citations in older printed indexes electronically searchable, and our goal is to go back at least as far as World War II.”

With the addition of the 1947 citations, the MEDLINE/PubMed subset now contains over 20 million citations produced during 63 years of indexing of the biomedical literature.

For additional information about the data conversion project, go to: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/databases/databases_oldmedline.html.

Review of State Caselaw Sites Sees CaseMaker Overall Winner

On March 19th, Greg Latham, law librarian at King & Spalding, announced Casemaker the king of state case law when compared to Fastcase, Loislaw, and Google Scholar in his blog post, King of State Case Law Coverage (Non-Wexisberg) Goes to Casemaker.  His findings indicated that, while LoisLaw had the most pre-1950 law overall, Casemaker is the clear frontrunner in terms of % of total cases.  Additional analysis points to CaseMaker as the product most likely to have the broadest coverage.

I’m not surprised about Google Scholar, but I am with regards to Fastcase and LoisLaw.   Still, it’s not likely that state caselaw is enough to crown a king of this type of information product.   It would be interesting to see a similar comparison of features, other content and ease of use.  That would tell the whole story. 

Also, I’m guessing here, but isn’t the strength of the state case law based on the state bars that have struck deals with Casemaker or Fastcase and, possibly, what they determined was most valuable?  With Casemaker used by 28 bar associations and Fastcase in just 17 bar associations, it makes sense that Casemaker would have more state case law. 

For other recent (within the last year) reviews of Fastcase and Casemaker, see: 

Legal Research Pits Casemaker vs. Fastcase by Robert Ambrogi, Legal Technology News

Casemaker Revisited – A New Look by Wanda McDavid, Colorado Lawyer 

Fastcase Review by Laura Bergus, Social Media Law Student

Fastcase: Free Caselaw and Statute Research for the iPhone by Jeff Richardson, iPhone JD

Venture Capital Resources with Brief Reviews

Another review of resources from FreePint via FUMSI.  This time it’s a list of venture capital resources created by Heidi LongabergerShow Me the Money: Venture Capital Resources provides a succinct overview of the many resources that cover this topic.  They include:

In addition to the abstracts describing these databases, the following resources are briefly mentioned:

While this may seem like enough, the article goes on to list additional resources including directories, news, statistics & surveys, and social networks.

FreePint’s VIP Reviews Company Watch and Plunkett Research Online

Two new reviews from VIP, FreePint‘s magazine that “includes in-depth product reviews and comparisons, interviews with senior information industry figures and monitoring of research to identify future trends.” 

You can subscribe to VIP or purchase the reviews separately to read them.  VIP also offers a free subscription to Wires Weekly which provides information on new magazine contents.

Here’s the announcement regarding the reviews from this week’s Wires Weekly:

Product Review of Plunkett Research Online

‘The database consists of data sets, including market trends, statistics, company profiles, associations and glossaries that together provide a comprehensive overview of an industry sector. Plunkett Research provides market information on 32 industry centres or portals…’

Product Review of Company Watch

‘Whilst there are other vendors providing access to company financials, the unique selling point of Company Watch is its proprietary methodology for assessing financial health. The vendor claims that back-testing of the model shows that one in four companies with an H-Score under 25 will fail…’

Additional reviews released in the last six months include reviews for:

New Offering from Dow Jones: Wall Street Journal Professional Edition

New_WSJPro_Screen01Dow Jones released a new business resource this week in their offering for small businesses and individuals, Wall Street Journal Professional Edition.  Wall Street Journal’s website,  WSJ.com, has been combined with Factiva to offer business news and information.  According to an October 21, 2009 press release the key features include:

  •  Aggregated news and information from more than 17,000 global sources — a significant portion of which are not available on the public Web — along with The Wall Street Journal, supported by more than 2,000 Dow Jones journalists in 84 bureaus worldwide
  • Factiva SmartSearchTM, which provides a one-year archive of Factiva’s global business sources and a two-year archive of wsj.com content, filtered and sorted to reveal the best, highest-value results
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  • Search results that are instantly analyzed to uncover issues, industries, companies, people and ideas buried beneath the headlines and displayed in know-at-a-glance graphical format
  • More than 30 industry-specific pages, managed by a team of Dow Jones editors to deliver the most current insight and identify emerging trends
  • Six key industry sections that are continuously managed by Wall Street Journal editors who select news and information from across Factiva’s vast archive: Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Energy, Media & Marketing, Telecommunications and Technology
  • Custom News that allows users to personalize their own home page to quickly surface the news they want on issues, companies, industries or editor-chosen “deep dives”
  • User-defined alerts to deliver the latest news and information when and how it is needed

Barbara Quint of Information Today, Inc. reported the release in ITI’s Newsbreak yesterday, November 5th.  She wrote, “The price will run $49 a month or about $600 a year; that will include access to full-text articles for no additional transactional pricing, unlike the $2.95 per article paid under most other Factiva subscriptions.”   

Additional commentaries on the WSJ Pro Edition have conjectured that the product is intended to compete with Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters.  The new resource has been released for businesses this month with a release to consumers in January 2010.

Guest Review: Global Markets Direct

Global Market Direct

Contributed by Bonnie Jordan*

In an uncharacteristic move, I agreed to a phone/webex demo of Global Markets Direct, a market research intelligence database, after receiving a cold call from the product sales manager.  I was impressed!

The company reports are not merely a regurgitation of factual data.  There are several pages of detailed SWOT analysis, plus financial and trend forecasting.  If they do not have a report on the company you are looking for, you can submit a request and their researchers will create a report (SWOT analysis and all) within 72 hours.  I did this on a Friday and received the report on Monday.  Nothing about it seemed rushed or less thought-out.  The quality of my “on demand” report was just as high as the pre-made ones. 

I scheduled another online demo with people from our Marketing department and they LOVE it.  It is a great complement to West Monitor  reports and basic company reports like Hoovers.  As with many (most?) databases, they have less coverage of smaller private companies than larger companies or public companies.  They do include non-U.S. companies as well.

The price originally quoted to me was very reasonable when I compared it to what we were paying for other business databases.  The least expensive option was password access for two specific users (cannot share passwords).  They also offer firmwide access for a higher price, which I also thought was reasonable.  The Library splits the cost 50-50 with Marketing.  

The drawback is that it does not have a great search interface or any sort of browse feature.  The only search box is the Company Name field.  The other fields are drop-down menus (such as Industry, Public/Private, location) so you cannot do any keyword searches.

I am very happy with this database and think it is well worth the money. 

*Bonnie Jordan, Research Librarian, Lindquist & Vennum LLP.