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RIA Checkpoint 4.0 Revamps Search Tools

RIA Checkpoint 4.0 offers upgraded search tools and new content to the Web-based tax information service.

Enhancements include customized (practice area specific) tax thesauruses that generate lists of words related to users' search queries, and displays "words around hits" to improve search results.

Users can also "search within results" and use the Web service's "table of contents" to narrow search parameters. They also can modify search terms within an existing results set to further focus results, says RIA.

Two new practice areas have been added: financial reporting and management; and payroll compliance, reports the company.

RIA (a Thomson Company) was formed with the joining of Research Institute of America; Computer Language Research; and Warren, Gorham & Lamont.

Information: Reader Response no. 206. Inc. has allied with Cambridge Investment Research Inc. to provide its Web-based proposal-analysis services to Cambridge's representative-advisors. Employer plan sponsor clients can shop for 401(k) retirement plan services from service providers via a private label Internet platform, and request custom proposals from multiple service providers at the same time.

Information: Reader Response no. 207.


Bridgeway Software

Bridgeway Software has launched a Web-based hosting service for its eCounselpractice management program for corporate legal departments, and Secretariat 5, a corporate secretary automation system.

The application service provider service supports the hardware, operating system, and network structure, advises Bridgeway. The system requires "virtually no I.T. support or equipment set-up," reports the company. Users can have tailored access rights to the server, and the company will provide necessary conversion and customization, it says.

Information: Reader Response no. 208.


European Patents

Questel * Orbit has released its European Patents full-text databases, separated into two parts: Granted Patents (EPBPAT) and Published Applications (EPAPAT).

The EPBPAT file offers full-text coverage from 1991 and contains the claims and descriptions for granted European patents.

The EPAPAT file covers complete bibliographic information from 1978, and contains full-text information from 1987. An additional 88,000 full-text information for patent applications between 1978 and 1986 has also been added to EPAPAT.

Information: Reader Response no. 209.


U.C.C. Database

Intercounty Clearance Corp. has launched Intercounty Direct, a searchable online database of Uniform Commercial Code filings, with images of the filings. Attorneys can conduct online due diligence research for closing related financial transactions and immediately print copies of documents they need from a particular name.

Information: Reader Response no. 210.


Reference Guides

New from West Group:

* Black's Law Dictionary, second pocket edition, is a portable legal dictionary based on the 7th edition of Black's Law Dictionary, edited by Bryan Garner.

* Four one-hour legal research videos have been added to the Legal Research for the 21st Century series by Robert Berring. They cover current Web-based research sources and strategies in international law, foreign law, intellectual property, and environmental law.

* Westlaw's KeyCite tax coverage has been enhanced with new content from Warren Gorham & Lamont treatises and the RIA Federal Tax Coordinator, 2d. Researchers can access analysis of primary source materials (such as the Internal Revenue Code, Treasury Regulations, Tax Court decisions), and I.R.S. administrative materials (including Revenue Rulings and Revenue Procedures).

Information: Reader Response no. 216.


Forecast 2001

Pricewaterhouse-Coopers L.L.P. has published Risk Management Forecast: 2001.

It includes interviews with global leaders in risk management; and tackles a wide range of security and privacy issues, including compliance; encryption, biometrics and tokens; I.T. platforms; and remote access. A searchable CD-ROM is included.

Information: Reader Response no. 217.


New Journals

EBSCO Subscription Services' EBSCO Online service now offers electronic access to new journals, including those published by The Canadian Medical Association, Camford Publishing, Imprint Academic, and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. It also has added books on science and technology from Major Scientific Books.

Information: Reader Response no. 218.


Procurement Regs

CCH Inc. is now publishing Federal Procurement Regulations, a four-volume, loose-leaf subscription service that tracks and reports changes to a comprehensive set of procurement regulations.

It delivers the complete text of the current Federal Acquisition Regulation, and the FAR supplements for a number of agencies, including the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; General Services Administration; and DOE; DOT; EPA.

Subscriptions include weekly print updates, and the weekly Government Contracts Reports, summarizing new rules and amendments, and more.

Information: Reader Response no. 219.



Glasser Publications Inc. has published E-Commerce and Internet Law.

The multi-media treatise includes 4,200 pages of print text in three volumes, nearly 10,000 footnotes, references to more than 100 unpublished court decisions, a searchable CD-ROM, and a companion Web site with regular updates.

Information: Reader Response no. 230.

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