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Christina's LIS Rant
Friday, June 13, 2008
  More big moves in the business of the info world...
I'm a DIALOG fan - yes, this might surprise some. I was just searching petroleum abstracts (Tulsa) using Dialog Link this afternoon. See that's a database we'd never subscribe to, but I was logged on and searching away in a few seconds....

Dialog is being bought by ProQuest. I got a press release in my e-mail today from Beth Dempsey (it actually went to spam... but I caught it). I'm not sure about this... on the one hand, there is that remote chance that the CSA databases I love will be more accessible on DIALOG (right - don't forget that CSA is now ProQuest)... Hey, maybe Dialog will work even better with RefWorks...

Strange - Thomson bought ISI, Dialog, Gale.... and now only ISI remains...

ProQuest has a commitment to professional searchers (why is their online access built like it is? I mean, it's not bad, but not really great either)...

Don't take away my Dialog - just add new databases to it, and we'll all be happy :)
 
Comments:
Strange move by Thomson? One has to interpret it as getting rid of their "losers". I completely understand your description of utility of Dialog.
 
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