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OCLC Contents Alert Service
The OCLC ContentsAlert service will not be available after June
30, 1999. OCLC is discontinuing this service because ContentsAlert is no longer meeting
OCLC's chartered objective of reducing information costs. The service's low usage rate
combined with the cost of programming required for year 2000 compliance have made
ContentsAlert too expensive to operate and maintain.
Note that the information provided through the ContentsAlert
service is available from the ContentsFirst database on the OCLC FirstSearch service. The
ContentsFirst database offers complete table of contents page(s) and holdings information
for journals in many fields. The database dates from 1990 to the present and is updated
daily. You may view a complete list of all available titles on the World Wide Web at
OCLC will integrate the OCLC EPIC service into the OCLC FirstSearch service by July
1999. When these two services are merged, the EPIC service will no longer be
available. The EPIC/FirstSearch integration will offer many of the same benefits as the
EPIC service. The FirstSearch/EPIC integration offers:
- Graphical user interface. In addition to being available via a text-based interface,
FirstSearch is accessible using popular World Wide Web browsers.
- Access to the same quality of information. FirstSearch offers essentially the same
databases, including WorldCat, the OCLC Online Union Catalog, which is the most consulted
database in higher education.
- Similar searching and retrieval power. Most EPIC functionality will be integrated
into the FirstSearch service by July 1999.
(Note: Current EPIC users are encouraged to participate in an online EPIC
user survey. Based on users feedback, OCLC will consider which functionality is most
important to EPIC users. If you have any special requests or concerns, please let us
- E-mail capabilities for citations and full text. FirstSearch enables you to e-mail
via the Internet retrieved record sets and full text articles.
- More online articles available. FirstSearch provides links to eight full text
databases, providing you with more than one million articles online.
- Document ordering and interlibrary loan. In addition to online full text articles,
FirstSearch provides document delivery for many articles via one-hour fax, overnight
courier, regular mail, or OCLC Interlibrary Loan.
- Integration with OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online. FirstSearch also is
being integrated with Electronic Collections Online, a new electronic journal service that
provides Web access to a large collection of scholarly journals. Ultimately, FirstSearch
will provide libraries and library users with one online reference system that covers a
full range of information formats and sources with powerful searching and browsing
Asia Pacific Services Union List Group
OCLC Cataloging service and ILL service users in Asia and the Pacific region that wish to list their detailed serial holdings in the WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) for the purpose of resource sharing, are encouraged to join the Asia Pacific Services Union List Group.
For More Information
For more information contact:
OCLC Asia Pacific Services
6565 Frantz Road
Dublin, OH 43017-3395 USA
See also the list of OCLC Asia Pacific Services distributors.
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