OCLC FirstSearch: Sonya Oliver gave an overview of the FirstSearch interface. MLA has been available via FirstSearch for
almost ten years; upcoming enhancements include the addition of a library holdings limit, MLA Directory of Periodicals, and the
MLA Thesaurus. Search features include the ability to search multiple indexes, limit searches by date, document type, and
language, browse indexes to determine the most appropriate search terms, and to limit to full-text. The interface also provides
author hotlinks in the results, a search history, and the ability to search across other FirstSearch databases. Current links to
full-text are available to Periodical Abstracts, Wilson Select and Select Plus, and OCLC’s Electronic Collections Online
(ECO). ECO now contains 208 titles in the language/literature area. OCLC is about to introduce delivery of per-article
purchase of articles from ECO. This would expand the access to e-journals without the cost of annual subscriptions. Libraries
will be able to control the number of articles purchased by journal title, set a maximum price per article as well as a monthly
maximum. OCLC is also working on an implementation with SFX for linking that is planned for completion this summer.
The following two representatives from Ovid and Silver Platter talked to the group about the merger of the two companies,
which became official only the day before. They emphasized that the two companies plan to remain as separate operations
with distinctive brands and interfaces.