New Product Feature for Engineering Village 2™

Major enhancements include faceted searching and library customization.

Hoboken, NJ, 14 January 2005 - Elsevier Engineering Information announces faceted searching as the latest product feature for the Engineering Village 2™ discovery platform. In addition to the introduction of faceted searching, significant increases have been made in the level of customization available to library customers. Engineering Village 2 is the premiere web-based discovery platform for the engineering community, featuring leading bibliographic engineering databases including Compendex®, Inspec® and the U.S. National Technical Information Service (NTIS) Database.

Faceted searching on Engineering Village 2 provides another powerful tool that supports engineering researchers in locating published literature critical to their work. Faceted searches group and count results according to the value of key data elements or “facets.” This method supplements the traditional, long list displays of search results, and can replace the need to filter through large quantities of individual records. By grouping results according to data facets, common threads between search results are revealed, enabling searchers to quickly refine their results to an increasingly relevant set. Refinements can be made dynamically with a single mouse click, allowing researchers of all levels a fast and intuitive method for finding the content most relevant to their work.

The January 14th release focuses upon enhancing discovery while providing libraries with the flexibility to customize their subscriptions to institutional needs. Libraries, for example, may chose how searches on Engineering Village 2 are integrated within their local link resolvers, to locate entitled versions of referenced documents, library OPACs and other library services. These customizations will result in faster and more reliable deliveries of full-text content. Customers may also choose to set institution-wide preferences, including directing user questions to a local library reference desk, or having a network of experts available through Engineering Information.

“This product release further demonstrates Engineering Village 2’s commitment to providing engineering researchers with the most effective research tools possible,” said Rafael Sidi, Vice President of Publishing, Elsevier Engineering Information. “Our new faceted search offers a powerful method for users to dynamically navigate content and locate literature which might otherwise be missed.”

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About Elsevier Engineering Information
Elsevier Engineering Information is a leading provider of information solutions and discovery tools that meet the needs of the engineering and applied physical science communities. Elsevier Engineering Information publishes six bibliographic databases including Compendex®, Chimica®, Chemical Business NewsBase® and PaperChem®, and provides the online discovery platforms Engineering Village 2™ and ChemVillage

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence,and ClinicalKey—and publishes over 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).