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As a major partner of SLA 2010, Dialog sponsored quite a few main conference events as well as over 25 divisional sessions. Highlights include:
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Message from Suzanne BeDell — ProQuest and Dialog: Getting things done
Free Files of the Month for July and August
July — Chinese Patents Fulltext
The documents contain the most current full-text information available from SIPO (the Chinese Patent Office). Records generally include the patent title, abstracts, inventor, description, claims, priority information and other fields plus the most current legal status information available – all in a single Dialog record. Features of File 325 include:
In addition, about 10,000 to 12,000 new and updated patent documents are added weekly, approximately two weeks after publication by SIPO.
Learn more about the database in the Overview of Chinese Patents Fulltext. Throughout July, explore this file up to $100 for free (either DialUnits or Connect Time). Output and Alerts charges are not included. Attend overview sessions on Chinese Patents Fulltext scheduled on July 20 and 28.
August — Adis databases
From the earliest laboratory report to world market launch, every scientific or commercial development advancing a drug's progress to market is assessed, evaluated and reported in Adis R&D Insight (File 107). In Adis Clinical Trials Insight (File 173), you can find summaries of study definition and results. Adis Newsletters (File 428) contains all the news and full-text articles from Inpharma® (INP) (1992–2008), Reactions™ (REA) and Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes News™ (PON), formerly PharmacoResources. These three databases provide comprehensive coverage of the pharmaceutical industry.
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Review the Overview of the Adis databases and explore these databases up to $100 for free throughout August.
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Combine fast facts with comprehensive research
Dialog also helped this researcher in other ways. “I also use business databases to provide necessary information to the administrative team for the hospital, so Dialog helps with both medical research and business operations. And, technical support on Dialog is excellent!”
— (research librarian at a Rehabilitation Hospital,
Indian coverage in DWPI
Through the DWPI value-added editorial process, the original content has been extensively enhanced by our editorial team to eliminate wherever possible any inconsistencies within the bibliographic data. English titles and abstracts have also been provided for all records. These records are fully indexed to include Derwent Classes, DWPI manual coding, chemical indexing and enhanced polymer indexing, with the chemical structures also covered in the Derwent Chemistry Resource (File 355).
Retirement of DWPI First View (File 331)
A Proximal and a Distal Tip
Citing Non-Patent Prior Art
Cite me quick!
While this sounds wonderful, the aforementioned problems with the formatting of the NPL makes this information problematic. In Dialog, the NPL can be found under the prefix code RF=, and is at least word-searchable in all of our major patent files. So, you can find how many times Mad Magazine was cited in US Patents (11 times, sometimes as the only citation) or even Popular Science or Popular Mechanics (thousands each). These are found by simply entering, for example, RF=(Popular(w)Science), but if you want to add in more of a citation, it may be best to enter terms one at a time, since there is no standardization of volume, issue, date, page or title/authors. You can expand RF= to see what is available because in several patent databases this field is also phrase searchable. If you do, you will find this interesting citation from US 5570704: Reader’s Digest, condensed from Old Farmer’s Almanac, Jim Collins, Snore No More,” which is really a citation of a citation of an original article, assuming that the Old Farmer wasn’t just citing something else.
Proof of Dialog searches in patent research...
How to drive a reference librarian out of patents...
My favorites are the items with no dates, but especially the restraining orders. When is the last time you thought to search restraining orders for prior art? Better yet, where do you find, let alone get, an “Actual embodiment of a Toober?”
Finally, one cannot forget blogs! These, fortunately, are a bit easier to find because the citations tend to have a date and URL, and it is best to search them by EXPANDing RF= or SELECTing individual pieces of the URL, assuming that non-alphanumerics like periods and @ signs are treated as spaces. At issue, though, is how reliable these postings are as prior art. And, yes, I did check and so far only a few hits for YouTube and Facebook in the RF= field, but no Tweets, except citations to articles by a poor individual by that name who may regret his last name. Again, not everyone is fortunate enough to have a last name like Kaminecki.
ProQuest launches science and technology collections
As mentioned in the April Chronolog , our renowned CSA Illumina™ platform discipline-oriented databases have recently evolved to feature “deep indexing” enhancements – and now comes the ability to retrieve the full text of many of the citation records with a simple mouse click! With these developments, our new collections provide researchers with the most comprehensive information solutions for the scientific market today!
The final four new science and technology collections include:
Click here for a list of ProQuest’s new science and technology collections.
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How can I find out if RANK is free in a database? The RANK command takes you to a higher level of intelligence as an effective tool to find experts (authors), list market players in an industry or technology, explore descriptor terms, classification codes and journal names. You can RANK any phrase-indexed field. Each RANKed term is also assigned a RANK number that you can use to save a term for later use. RANK is free in most databases, but some files carry a small charge per “RANK element,” which really means per record. For example, SciSearch®: a Cited Reference Science Database (File 34) charges 0.25 per record. Derwent World Patents Index® (DWPISM) (File 351) charges 0.15 per record. The smart way to go is to check rates and plan ahead. Then narrow, narrow, narrow your results before RANKing.
Before conducting a search, check rates for files of interest. Download the Dialog price list or alternatively, check the Bluesheets. Online, enter HELP RATES n (where n is a database number). Enter HELP RANK n to learn special RANK codes. For example, in Derwent World Patents Index, you might RANK PA, hoping to produce a list of patent assignees, while the better code to use for patent assignees is PANAME, which displays just the company names, as opposed to PA, which displays both the main assignee names and the patent assignee codes, taking up more line items to wade through. Note you must RANK in phrase-indexed fields only.
Many patent files have a small charge for RANK, while the TRADEMARKSCAN® files do not. RANK is typically free in the trade-journal literature files, such as Business & Industry™ (File 9), Cengage/Gale PROMT® (File 16) and Cengage/Gale Trade & Industry Database™ (File 148). It’s also free in the news files. Most company directory files, including D&B WorldBase® (Files 522, 517, 518, 520, 521) provide RANK for free, while others may have a minimal charge. As always, check the rates on the Bluesheets.
Plan your search effectively so that you can RANK only the most relevant retrieval. Narrow as much as possible. For example, in DWPI (File 351), use qualifying fields, such as Title (/TI) and Claims (/CM). If appropriate, narrow your search by year, priority application country, and other pertinent fields. TYPE out a few records in a free or minimal-charge format to make sure you’re on the right track. Search narrow browse RANK.
Free File for September
Search up to $100 for free in the files (Connect Time or DialUnits) in September. Output and Alerts costs are not included. See an Overview of IMS Patent Focus to learn more about this patent database.
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The fourth workbook in the patent series Developing Patent Research Expertise, Part 4: Patent Research for Competitive Intelligence is now available. The workbook contains five sections:
The free patent series of workbooks in PDF format takes you from the basics of searching patents on Dialog to learning about patent families and legal status, searching prior art in technical and non-technical databases and using patents for competitive intelligence. With exercises throughout you can learn all about patent searching or refresh your skills.
Information Professionals celebrated at SLA in New Orleans
Read more about these inspiring examples of achievement, creativity and innovation.
Also at SLA, the 2010 Roger K. Summit Scholarship for North America was awarded to Andrea Baer, a student in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee. These aspiring information professionals embody the future of information services.
Dialog Search Tip: Look to TableBase for statistical data, rankings, market data
Use IN= to focus on an industry and make use of Concept Terms (CT=) or the descriptors (/DE) super field to focus the subject on things like market share or size, industry forecasts, sales, trends, shipments, capacity and more. The database is chock full of rankings information. To find the top x producers or products or sales simply search, for example, SELECT TOP(S)COMPAN?/TI. Combining that search with IN=PHARMACEUTICAL yielded such titles as “ United States top 10 pharmaceutical companies by prescription drugs volume sales, sales share, and sales change in units and percentages for the year ended June 2009.” The search SELECT (SOLAR OR PHOTOVOLTAIC OR RENEWABLE()ENERGY)/TI,DE yielded such titles as “ Germany number of solar photovoltaic installations under moderate and policy-driven scenarios forecast for 2009 to 2013,” from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association.
Every record contains a table with the originating article when available. Sources include The Freedonia Group, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, IMS Health, Euromonitor, Horowitz Associates, The Nielsen Company and various industry associations.
DataStar Search Tip: Searching IMS Company Profiles on DataStarWeb
In the previous issue of The Chronolog we showed you how to take advantage of cost-saving enhancements to IMS Company Profiles on Dialog. This issue shows how to do the same in the DataStar database (IPCP).
An invaluable tool when researching the world’s pharmaceutical companies, IMS Company Profiles (IPCP) contains full-text information on each company’s strategic and therapeutic focus, patenting and licensing activities and future prospects. This means that each profile record contains several sections (text paragraphs), and you can buy just the sections you wish, rather than the whole profile.
In DataStarWeb, enter IPCP in the database labels box on the Subjects page. Whether you use Easy or Advance Search, enter the company name in the top query box. Use the drop-down menu to the right of the query box to choose Company name. Click search. If you are not sure how a company name is indexed, enter the first word of the company name followed by a question mark. For example, you want to find the profile for Johnson and Johnson, and you’re not sure if it’s in the database as “Johnson and Johnson” or “Johnson & Johnson”. Enter Johnson? A selection box appears and you can highlight JOHNSON-AND-JOHNSON and click search.
Easy Search returns the Title page, with one record, showing the title, the date and a link to the table of contents. Because this is a full-text report with a charge for each section, DataStarWeb invites you to display the free table of contents. There is no option to display the full record. Check the box to the left of the table of contents and click Display. [Note: in DataStarClassic you would enter the command ..PRINT FREE 1. This would generate the title, the table of contents, the occurrence paragraphs and the publication date. You would then decide which TX paragraphs to ..PRINT.]
The table of contents page shows section headings with check boxes to the left of each section. Choose only those sections you wish to buy. Sections include profile updates, strategy statements, financial data, product and R&D portfolios and more. Scroll down and click preview cost . Output cost displays along with a continue button.