AUSTIN, TexasScienceDirect®, provider of the world’s largest database of full-text scientific research, has been selected by The University of Texas System libraries to provide online access to 700,000 full-text journal articles and over 1.7 million abstracts in the scientific, technical and medical fields. Arrangements to receive this service were coordinated by the General Libraries of The University of Texas at Austin.
This database will be available to 224,364 faculty, students, and staff at The University of Texas System’s nine academic institutions and six health institutions. All fifteen of these component institutions will be participating in the three-year licensing agreement.
Historically, library resources in The University of Texas System have been among the most comprehensive in the nation with The University of Texas at Austin campus maintaining the nationÌs fifth-largest academic library. The addition of the ScienceDirect online database to these already extensive onsite resources exemplifies The University of Texas System’s commitment to providing effective and efficient information access in support of quality higher education.
“Convenience of access and scope of coverage are the key factors here,” said Sue Phillips, Associate Director for Technical and Networked Services, General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin, who coordinated the negotiations for the licensing agreement. “Access to this information will enrich the lives of all students and faculty working in these areas and it’s all on the desktop and just a few keystrokes away,” Phillips added.
“We are quite enthusiastic about The University of Texas System, as one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, subscribing to our database,” said Roland Dietz, Senior Vice President, Global Sales at Elsevier Science. “The State of Texas has been particularly aggressive in pursuing expanded information resources and in supporting the technologies to access those resources. At ScienceDirect, we are excited to be able to play a part in the scientific and technological developments taking place in Texas today.”
About The University of Texas System
The mission of the University of Texas System is to provide high quality educational opportunities for the enhancement of the professional labor force throughout the State of Texas while balancing the needs of a variety of academic and health institutions. The University of Texas traces its philosophical origins to the Texas Constitution of 1876 that stated “the legislature shall, as soon as practicable, establish, organize, and provide for the maintenance, support, and direction of a University of the first class. . . .” Total research expenditures within The University of Texas System will total $871.50 million in 1999. The University of Texas has had seven Nobel Prize winners, a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, 32 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 45 members of the National Academy of Engineering, 37 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 21 members of the American Law Institute, and 30 members of the American Academy of Nursing.
ScienceDirect is the worldÌs most comprehensive full-text scientific database, providing researchers and librarians in academia and corporations with electronic access to over 1,060 scientific, technical and medical journals. At its core, ScienceDirect content includes journals from Elsevier Science as well as other STM publishers and an expanding suite of secondary databases. ScienceDirect is a unit of Elsevier Science and part of the Reed Elsevier plc group, a leading provider of information to the STM, legal and business communities.
For more information contact
Dennis Dillon, Head
General Libraries Collections and Information Resources Division
The University of Texas at Austin (512) 495-4269
Mary Reilly, Senior Marketing Manager
ScienceDirect, (212) 462-1976