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Beginning July 1, 2002, the MSU Libraries will provide access to the following databases from EBSCO Information Services: Agricola, ATLA Religion Database, Medline, Inspec and SportDiscus. On September 1, 2002, the Modern Language Association (MLA) Bibliography will also be accessed through EBSCO. Previously, the Library subscribed to these databases from SilverPlatter, another information provider.

The MSU Libraries will benefit from substantial savings in subscription costs by changing to EBSCO as the electronic information provider. This change is in agreement with other members of the Mississippi University Library consortium which includes the University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi, Delta State University, Mississippi University for Women, Alcorn State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Millsaps College, Mississippi College and William Carey College.

MSU faculty, staff and students also will benefit from this arrangement by increased electronic access to full text articles. Through the "smartlinking" feature in EBSCOHost, a hyperlink will appear in the EBSCO database being searched directing the patron to the full text version of the article. In this manner, the patron will be able to take advantage of accessing full text material wherever possible.

Please contact the Library's reference or library instruction faculty, subject bibliographer or outreach representative, if there are questions concerning this change in this phase of the Libraries' program. Librarians are prepared to offer individual or group training in the EBSCOHost interface and will be happy to assist patrons.

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