For a long time there was a problem of fugitive documents--documents that were not in depository libraries--and most of those are found in the NTIS collection.
There are a number of functions in NTIS that are trade-, commerce-, and technology-related (like Federal Patent licensing and the Center for Utilization of Federal Technology) that don't really mix with information dissemination," he said.
For the last 5 or 6 years, NTIS has been in a competitive mode with GPO, and it hasn't helped either organization," he said.
Available on the Web as a subscription file through Cambridge Scientific Abstracts' IDS, the NTIS database joins a number of other distinguished scientific and technical databases including the Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) Database, and METADEX, a leading metallurgical database.
The bibliographic data that will be accessible through EBSCOhost from the NTIS Database correspond to technical reports, conference proceedings, journal articles, software, datafiles, patents and government inventions available for licensing, and theses, among others.
The NTIS Database is a tremendous resource, and we are pleased to be able to offer it to EBSCO customers.
Elements of the new guide include NTIS Database field names and descriptions, NTIS subject category codes with scope notes, vendor-specific search commands and sample records, information on how to search Fedworld, and a helpful search hints section.
The NTIS Database Search Guide is available from NTIS, 703/487-4650, for $25 plus handling fee; quote order number PB96-153606KAR.