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From=20your 1996-97 OCLC Users' Council Delegates:
   Lee Hadden               Bernard Strong         Marcia Talley
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Nita Dean +1-614-761-5002
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CA STUDENT EDITION FROM CHEMICAL ABSTRACTS
NOW AVAILABLE ON OCLC FIRSTSEARCH SERVICE

DUBLIN, Ohio, Feb. 26, 1997--CA Student Edition, a new database customized
to serve the information needs of undergraduate chemistry students, is now
available exclusively on the OCLC FirstSearch service.

Designed by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and OCLC, the CA Student
Edition database contains more than 1.5 million records with bibliographic
and abstract information.  It covers 200,000 dissertations and 234 of the
chemistry journals most widely held by universities, including all 51 of th=
e
core chemistry titles recommended by the American Chemical Society*s
Committee on Professional Training.

Other features of the new database include:
=95 Comprehensive indexing with more than 20 access points for searching
database records, including chemical substance names and CAS Registry
numbers

=95 Restrictors that allow users to limit searches by year, language,
publication type and status of publication

=95 Wide subject coverage that includes applied chemistry and chemical
engineering, biochemistry, general chemistry, macromolecular chemistry,
organic chemistry, and physical and analytical chemistry

=95 Access to new records weekly, including the most recent CAS records
covered by the CAplus file and a backfile dating to 1967

=95 OCLC holdings information that indicates-with each record viewed-if the
user*s library owns the cited material and, on request, which other
libraries own the materials
=95 Online document ordering and interlibrary loan requesting

CA Student Edition, available on an annual subscription basis, is priced to
enable libraries to offer a tailored version of Chemical Abstracts to their
undergraduates.  A significant discount is available to libraries that
subscribe to the printed or CD-ROM Chemical Abstracts.  FirstSearch CA
Student Edition will not affect the current CAS academic program for
searching on STN.

The OCLC FirstSearch service, one of the library community*s fastest growin=
g
information systems, is designed for people who use libraries and requires
no training or online search experience.

CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, produces the world*s
largest and most comprehensive database of chemical information, including
nearly 14 million abstracts of chemistry-related literature and patents, an=
d
16 million substance records.  CAS publishes CA, related publications and
CD-ROM services; operates the CAS Chemical Registry; produces a family of
online databases; and offers the SciFinder desktop research tool.  CAS
operates STN International, a network of scientific and technical databases=
,
in association with FIZ Karlsruhe in Germany and the Japan Information
Center of Science and Technology.

OCLC is a nonprofit computer library service and research organization whos=
e
computer network and services link more than 23,000 libraries in 63
countries and territories.  The OCLC Home Page is located at
http://www.oclc.org on the World Wide Web.        (TS/RJM)
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