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Dialog Continues to Expand Engineering Offering

Archival Data from Engineering Information Extends Coverage of Ei Compendex® Back to 1884

Cary, NC USA, London UK, January 10, 2007 — Dialog, a Thomson business, today announced that it has added the Engineering Index Backfile to the Dialog platform. The new archival backfile from Engineering Information adds more than 1.7 million records back to 1884, giving researchers the ability to find information about engineering innovations over the last 120 years.

The archival backfile is available as part of the Ei Compendex (File 8 on Dialog) database, which now contains data from 1884 to the present, and as a separate database (File 988), which contains just the historical data from 1884 to 1969.

"The addition of the Engineering Index Backfile provides Dialog customers with the superior collection of physical science engineering content, and it will have a marked effect on the speed at which research is done," said Viji Krishnan, Dialog vice president of publisher management. "As new fields of study such as nanotechnology take off, researchers will benefit greatly from the science and engineering work from the past."

Using the Engineering Index Backfile, searchers can find references to some of the most important innovations of the late 19th and the majority of the 20th century, including references to:

  • The Wright brothers' first plane flight
  • Construction of the Hoover Dam
  • Development and history of semiconductors
  • Evolution of Microscopy
  • Building of the Brooklyn bridge
  • Progress of the space race to the moon
  • Early development of the New York subway

The Engineering Index Backfile is the most recent major addition to Dialog's engineering content collection. The following are some of the other engineering offerings Dialog has recently made available.

  • Inspec® Archival Backfile — The entire collection of Science Abstracts Journals (back to volume one) dating from 1898 to 1968 is now available on Dialog as a stand-alone database (File 202) or part of the Inspec database (File 2), covering 1898 to date. Inspec covers all aspects of physics, electrical and electronic engineering, and computing and control engineering.

  • CSA scientific and technical content — covering engineering, materials research and high tech research, including:

    • CSA Technology Research Database (File 23) — provides a wealth of topics ranging from Aeronautics and Astronautics to civil, earthquake, transportation and environmental engineering to electronics to meteorology, climatology and oceanography, as well as metallurgy and more.

    • CSA Aerospace and High Technology Database (File 108) — provides coverage of basic and applied research in aeronautics, astronautics and space sciences in over 40 countries including Japan and eastern European nations.

    • METADEX (File 32) — the premier database of research covering metals and alloys, including their properties, manufacturing, applications and new product development.


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