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       PASCAL Citations File Available for Free Searching
 
<Cross posted to several RLG and non-RLG listservs.  Apologies for
the duplication.>
 
The Research Libraries Group, Inc. (RLG) is pleased to announce the
availability of the PASCAL file through its CitaDel citation access
and document delivery service on Monday, September 9.
 
Along with two dozen other CitaDel files, PASCAL is accessible by
annual campuswide (multiuser) subscription, using RLG's user-friendly
Eureka searching interface or Zephyr Z39.50 server; Zephyr allows an
institution to offer RLG data to its users through the local system
with which they are already familiar.
 
Produced by the French Institut de l'Information Scientifique et
Technique (INIST), PASCAL is a citations database representing one of
the world's largest collections of research sources in the sciences.
Its multidisciplinary, multilingual format provides an important new
tool for those conducting research in a global environment and
affords a highly relevant counterpoint to narrowly focused subject
area files.
 
To help you assess the relevance of PASCAL to your program, RLG and
INIST offer unlimited free searching for the month of September.  To
avail yourself to this opportunity or to know more about this file,
ask your librarian to contact an RLG account manager or the RLIN
Information Center at [log in to unmask] or (800) 537-RLIN now.
 
Here are what information specialists and reference librarians have
been saying about PASCAL:
 
"PASCAL is a multidomain database providing citations and abstracts
of worldwide journals and other published literature covering the
numerous disciplines of science and technology." (Kazimierz Kowalski
and Timothy Hackett, "The Yield of Bibliographic Databases," Library
& Information Science Research, Spring 1992)
 
"It is an excellent supplementary database [particularly] if
exhaustive coverage of a topic is required." (Ann Coppin, Reference
Librarian, USC Science and Engineering Library, April 1996)
 
 
                   BASIC FACTS ABOUT PASCAL
 
Offers one of the world's largest collections of research sources in
the sciences, covering major French and international research in
science, technology and medicine.  The language of citations is
predominantly English (75%), followed by French (10%), and other
languages (15%).
 
 
Provides invaluable sources of information from the U.S., Europe, and
Asia, as well as the potential for pursuing multidisciplinary
research in related fields such as earth sciences and civil
engineering.  Especially useful in strong French research fields
such as AIDS.
 
Provides extensive indexing and abstracts for most citations in
English or French.
 
Major subject coverage includes:  Health Sciences and Medicine (33%),
Biology (25%), Engineering and Applied Sciences (15%), Physics (12%),
Land - Sea - Space (9%), Chemistry (6%).
 
RLG's CitaDel service offers full coverage from 1991 to date with
over 3 million records, updated monthly.  Access is through
institutional annual subscriptions at the level of 5 or more
simultaneous users.
 
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