NRL's Research Library Launches TORPEDO Ultra


1/19/2000 - 10-00r
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The Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL's) Ruth H. Hooker Research Library announced the official launch of TORPEDO Ultra on January 19, 2000. TORPEDO Ultra is available at desktop computers throughout the Laboratory and at Office of Naval Research (ONR) Headquarters through the Research Library's InfoWeb homepage: http://infoweb.nrl.navy.mil.

TORPEDO Ultra is a powerful new retrieval system for searching NRL's "Digital Library." It currently allows researchers to search full text or fielded data, such as title and author, of 275,000 journal articles and 6,000 technical reports. TORPEDO Ultra has been designed by the Ruth H. Hooker Research Library to provide the NRL and ONR research community with convenient Web access to electronic journals and other digital information. It offers a single, intuitive interface for browsing and searching hundreds of journals and thousands of NRL publications.

To coincide with the release of TORPEDO Ultra, the Science Citation Index Expanded database, one of the most popular of the Library' Web-based reference tools, has been enhanced with links pointing to the full text of all locally mounted articles. This capability permits researchers conducting a database search to retrieve not just a citation, but the entire content of any article from the 240 journals currently in TORPEDO Ultra. These journals include such high-interest titles as:
Physical Review Letters and Physical Review E from the American Physical Society, and Aerosol Science and Technology, Applied Ocean Research, Atmospheric Research, Chemical Physics and Chemical Physics Letters, Materials Research Bulletin, Materials Science and Engineering, Optics and Laser Technology, Optics Communications, Physics Letters, Remote Sensing of Environment, Sensors and Actuators, Solid State Communications, Surface and Coatings Technology, Surface Science, and Thin Solid Films from Elsevier. American Institute of Physics journals, including such high-use titles as Applied Physics Letters and the Review of Scientific Instruments, are in the process of being added.

Most journals in TORPEDO Ultra are licensed by the Library for use of the NRL and ONR research community; some have been digitized in cooperative projects with publishers to build Web-based archival collections. Since agreements with many publishers for local mounting of journals are still under negotiation, the Library also provides access to hundreds of other electronic journals through InfoWeb links connecting to remote web sites. These journals are not currently searchable through TORPEDO Ultra.

NRL publications available through TORPEDO Ultra include: NRL Formal and Memorandum Reports, NRL-authored journal articles and conference papers, and NRL Press Releases. These publications have been digitized by the Library to provide Web access to retrospective as well as current information. All materials are presented in PDF (Portable Document File) format. To support the Laboratory in disseminating the results of NRL research, the Library plans to make the 'NRL publications' sections of TORPEDO Ultra openly available for public browsing and searching.



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