a. CDL migrates to New FirstSearch (NEW FS)

Direct Web Access via FirstSearch
On August 17th Users will see a new interface for FirstSearch.  CDL Directory records will change to reflect new URLs that rely on IP addresses authentication for access to OCLC databases.

OCLC Databases Accessed via Z39.50
Most databases will retain the same access points.

The exceptions are:

EDUC (ERIC) (via telnet)
Access via the Z39.50 telnet interface will no longer be available.  Telnet users should be directed to the Stanford implementation via the “USE ERIC” command.  The Resource liaison for ERIC is Christina Woo, UC Irvine.

GDOC GPO Database (via telnet)
Access via the Z39.50 telnet interface will no longer be available.  All users should be directed to the OCLC native mode web interface.  The Resource liaison for GPO is Carol Womack, UC Irvine.

WorldCat (WCAT)
The following new indexes are now available for both the CDL telnet and web interfaces (in web these appear in power search):

  • Keyword: Words from extended titles, notes & subject headings
  • Main title: Searches a “limited” set of MARC title fields, specifically, 245/a,b,f,g,k,n,p*; 246/a,b,n,p; 740/a,n,p
  • Corporate author: Previously only the exact corporate author was searchable.
  • Extended author: In addition to the usual MARC fields used for author, this index searches series fields, table of contents notes, production and performer credits notes; and host items fields.
  • Publisher
  • Indexed by: Searches the MARC 510 citation/reference note
  • URL: Searches the contents of MARC 856/u
  • LC Call Number
  • NLM Call number
  • Date: now allows a range of years as well as a single year
  • MICROFORM limit in Power Search.

OCLC has removed the Exact Series index so this will no longer be offered.

The Resource liaison for WorldCat is Judy Lee, UC Riverside.

JRNL (ArticleFirst) (via telnet)
In the telnet interface only, OCLC has dropped the following indexes:

  • Abstract
  • Description of issue
  • Pub. Type
  • Language

The Resource liaison for ArticleFirst is Judy Lee, UC Riverside.

More information about New FirstSearch may be found at: [http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/documentation/about_doc.htm]

OCLC has information about teaching the use of NEW FS at: [http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/learning/index.htm]

b. BIOSIS Previews Undergoes Changes

BC, BN, CC indexes return to BIOSIS 1993-present
In 1999 when BIOSIS redesigned their database and discontinued the Biosystematic name/code and Concept code indexes these indexes were removed from the 1993-present segment of BIOSIS.  Due to user demand, BIOSIS has reinstituted these indexes.  As of August 17, 2000 the CDL load of BIOSIS will once again offer these indexes to users in the 1993-present segment.  The Biosystematic Names and Codes will display as part of the Taxonomic Group information in the long display.

Research Article (1994-) removed from publication type
BIOSIS no longer supports Research Article as a publication type.  Users with this publication type in their Updates will need to revise their Updates.

The Major Concept Code index will be removed from BIO85.

The Resource Liaison for BIOSIS Previews is Beth Weil, UC Berkeley.

c. The MLA Bibliography Returns to the CDL-hosted Databases

MLA is again available in the CDL-hosted databases Web and Telnet interfaces after a brief hiatus.  CDL has completed the transition from the OCLC version of the MLA database to the SilverPlatter version of MLA.

There will be three indexes available in the new implementation that were not available in the OCLC version:

  • Notes
  • Author as Subject (telnet synonym: SU, SUA)
  • Title as Subject (telnet synonym: SU, SUT)

The last two indexes are synonyms for subject search.  The MLA evaluation group thought that including these synonyms would help users select the appropriate index when searching for items about an author or about a specific work.

Two Publication Types have been renamed so that the terms used in search would match the displayed term:

  • Anthology is now called Book-Collection
  • Paper is now called Book-Article

The Resource Liaison for MLA Bibliography is Michaelyn Burnette, UC Berkeley.