Friday, 17 July 2009

The databases they are a-changin'

It's the middle of July and the middle of the summer - it's that time of year when all the database companies roll out their changes for the new school year; I receive the news with both happiness and some trepidation. Here are a few that I've been notified about recently:
CCH Tax Network is rolling out IntelliConnect calling it "the revolutionary research platform that will streamline your workflow, improve accuracy and efficiency, and give you unprecedented access to CCH’s world-class content." It's a whole new platform and a whole new interface that is supposed to be very intuitive. No specific date but they say that it will be "in a few weeks". There is lots of information on their website and once it's been released for our use we can set up training sessions.
LexisNexis Academic is making some "significant enhancements to the interface" before the beginning of school. You can read about them on the LN Academic wiki, you can test drive the new interface on the beta site and you can register for free training webinars that will be available after AALL.
Westlaw has been updating the look of their products to reflect the ThomsonReuters color scheme and branding. There may be other changes but they haven't been announced yet. TWEN has made some under-the-hood improvements that should make for a better user experience.
If you would like more info about any of these updates, contact Susanna Leers, eResearch & Technology Services Librarian.

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