The Research Library Group’s RLIN Bibliographic Database is now available for testing on the Melvyl Web test site at http://merlin.ucop.edu/meltst.  RLIN Bibliographic File (@RLG) is one of the database choices.

Comments on the test version of the RLIN database should be sent to Lucia Snowhill (snowhill@llibrary.ucsb.edu) by MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD.  We hope to move it into the public Web by late November.

Please note that changes may be made while the database remains in the test version.  Search options and the database description and general help screens have been carried over, as much as possible, to be consistent with information in the Telnet version.

The RLIN Bibliographic database (known as RCAT in the Telnet Melvyl system and BIB in the EUREKA system) retrieves citations for books, serials, archives, manuscripts, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, photographs, posters, and computer files, in over 365 languages.  This union database contains over 30 million records, from incunabula to the present, in over 365 languages, and in all disciplines from a variety of libraries: research, academic, archives, museums, law, medical, music, art, theological, area studies collections, public, corporate, and historical societies.

To locate items in your search results at UC or other California libraries, search for periodical titles in the Melvyl PE database or for books in the Melvyl CAT database.  CDL is exploring the possibility of adding library location information (the equivalent of D LOCATION in the Telnet version).

The rest of the Z39.50 databases — WorldCat, Abstracts of Music Literature, the PAIS International Database, the ERIC database, ArticleFirst, the History of Science and Technology Database, and the English Short Title Catalog — will be added to the Web interface by March 1999.