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How to Access GeoRef

Internet Subscription
a. World Wide Web
Annual subscriptions to access GeoRef on the World Wide Web are available from several vendors with subscription rates determined by the type and size of the subscribing organization. Subscribers are classified as academic, government/non-profit, or commercial. Tiered pricing for academic institutions is based on the total number of students with geoscience majors and faculty in the geoscience department. Subscription rates for government, non-profit, and commercial organizations are scaled to the size of the organization.

The following vendors make GeoRef available on the web
Dialog
2250 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 300
Morrisville, NC 27560
Phone 1-800-334-2564; 1-919-804-6400
Fax 1-919-804-6410
URL http://www.dialog.com

EBSCO Publishing
10 Estes Street
Ipswich, MA 01938
Phone 1-800-653-2726; 1-978-356-6500
Fax 1-978-356-6565
URL http://www.ebscohost.com/academic/georef

Engineering Information
360 Park Ave South, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Phone 1-800-221-1044; 1-212-633-3795
URL http://www.ei.org

GeoScienceWorld
Phone 1-800-341-1851
E-mail gswinfo@geoscienceworld.org
URL http://www.geoscienceworld.org

Ovid Technologies, Inc.
100 River Ridge Drive
Norwood, MA 02062
Phone 1-800-343-0064; 1-781-769-2599
Fax 1-781-769-8763
URL http://www.ovid.com

ProQuest
7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 601
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone 1-800-843-7751; 1-301-961-6700
Fax 1-301-961-6720
URL http://www.csa.com

STN in North America - CAS
Phone 1-800-753-4227; 1-614-447-3700
E-mail help@cas.org
URL http://www.cas.org

STN in Europe - FIZ Karlsruhe
Phone +49-7247-808-555
E-mail helpdesk@fiz-karlsruhe.de
URL http://www.stn-international.com

STN in Japan - JAICI
Phone +81-3-5978-3621 (Customer Service)
E-mail cas-stn@jaici.or.jp (Customer Service)
Phone +81-3-5978-3601 (Technical Service)
E-mail helpdesk@jaici.or.jp (Technical Service)
URL http://www.jaici.or.jp

With an Internet subscription, an organization, for a single site, such as a university campus, or for multiple sites, can provide access to GeoRef for individuals in the organization. Access is domain-enabled or through a login and password.

Searching of GeoRef is through standard web browsers. However, each of the providers has its own search software, screen design and features.

b. Electronic Reference Library (ERL)
An alternate way to access GeoRef on the Internet is Ovid-SilverPlatter's Electronic Reference Library (ERL) service. This service uses a client-server architecture, and includes the same search interface as is found on the GeoRef CD. For contact information, see above under "a".

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CD-ROM Subscription
Ovid Technologies, Inc. publishes and distributes the GeoRef database on a multi-disc set.  The compact discs hold the database, the GeoRef Serials List, and the GeoRef Thesaurus. An annual subscription includes monthly updates, search software, support documentation, and toll-free customer assistance. Subscriptions to the GeoRef CD-ROM are available either for use on a single user workstation or for use on a local area network (LAN).

Subscription rates for the GeoRef CD-ROM are determined by the type and size of the subscribing organization. Subscribers are classified as academic, government/non-profit or commercial. If you subscribe to the LAN version of the GeoRef CD-ROM, subscription rates vary depending on the number of simultaneous users allowed to access the database.

Tiered pricing for academic institutions is based on the total number of students with geoscience majors and faculty in the geoscience department. Pricing for government, non-profit and commercial subscribers is based on the number of geoscientists.

For pricing information or to order GeoRef on CD-ROM contact
Ovid Technologies, Inc.
100 River Ridge Drive
Norwood, MA 02062
Phone 1-800-343-0064; 1-617-769-2599
Fax 1-617-769-8763
URL http://www.ovid.com

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Other Network Search
GeoRef is available online through two traditional search services. These search services charge for the time used online and the number of references retrieved. A user can call a search service by phone, via a computer equipped with a modem, and by entering a password can gain access to GeoRef and all of the other databases the service offers. DIALOG also offers a web-based access option.

To obtain a password to search GeoRef online, you must have an account with one of the search services listed below. Check with your technical information manager or librarian to see if your organization already has such an account. If not, contact the vendors directly.

Online Search Services Offering GeoRef
Dialog
2250 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 300
Morrisville, NC 27560
Phone 1-800-334-2564; 1-919-804-6400
Fax 1-919-804-6410
URL http://www.dialog.com

STN in North America - CAS
Phone 1-800-753-4227; 1-614-447-3700
E-mail help@cas.org
URL http://www.cas.org

STN in Europe - FIZ Karlsruhe
Phone +49-7247-808-555
E-mail helpdesk@fiz-karlsruhe.de
URL http://www.stn-international.com

STN in Japan - JAICI
Phone +81-3-5978-3621 (Customer Service)
E-mail cas-stn@jaici.or.jp (Customer Service)
Phone +81-3-5978-3601 (Technical Service)
E-mail helpdesk@jaici.or.jp (Technical Service)
URL http://www.jaici.or.jp

Online Charges
When you search GeoRef online, you are charged for the actual time you are connected to the database and for each reference displayed, printed or downloaded. Contact the online vendors directly for pricing information.

Offline SDI Services Offering GeoRef
NERAC
One Technology Drive
Tolland, CT 06084-3900
Phone 1-860-872-7000
Fax 1-860-875-1749
URL http://www.nerac.com

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Custom Search
For those who need only an occasional search of the GeoRef database, it is often easier to request a GeoRef Custom Search. What this means is that a member of the GeoRef staff will conduct the search according to your specifications. The search results will be delivered by e-mail.

The cost of a Custom Search is
$225.00 plus $.45 per reference

To order a Custom Search contact Jim Mehl at jpm@agiweb.org, (703) 379-2480 ext. 236 or Monika Long at ml@agiweb.org.

Prepayment is required. VISA or MasterCard accepted. Checks must be in U.S. currency drawn on a U.S. Bank and made payable to American Geosciences Institute. Send check to Monika Long, American Geosciences Institute, 4220 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302-1502.

”I want to compliment the GeoRef service that AGI provides. As a small two person geologic consulting firm in the mining field, to research background geologic information for a project is time consuming. GeoRef is an excellent way to obtain a bibliography of past and current technical work associated with a specific location. We needed geologic information for a site in Oregon, contacted AGI and within a day received the bibliography we needed. Not only timely, but this is an efficient and cost-effective way for an individual, small or large firm to obtain background geologic information for a project. Personnel at AGI were very helpful. I highly recommend utilizing the GeoRef service provided by AGI.”
Dorian E Kuper
Kuper Consulting LLC

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Database License
GeoRef is available directly from AGI for loading on an organization's network -- LAN or wide area. The network can include one or multiple sites. The database license includes delivery of the entire GeoRef database of over 3.5 million references, on DVD, and weekly updates sent via ftp. The price also includes a print and machine-readable copy of the GeoRef Thesaurus and the GeoRef Serials List. Complete documentation of the fields and format of the file is also included.

GeoRef is available in ASCII or XML, in GeoRef Export format or in USMARC format. The license does not include a search program. To implement this version of GeoRef, an organization should be prepared to load the complete GeoRef file and procure or develop a search and display program.

Pricing is based on type of organization, i.e. academic, for-profit, or non-profit. Within academic organizations, there are three price tiers based on number of students (including both graduate and undergraduate majors) and faculty in the geoscience / earth science departments.
In for-profit and non-profit organizations, price is based on number of scientists and engineers.
The annual database license fee for 2014 for single-site academic institutions only is:
Tier 1: $2260
Tier 2: $3835
Tier 3: $5740

In general, pricing for a multi-site network is based on a sum of the prices for each site, with a discount for volume.

For a price for your organization and further information, contact:
Monika Long
American Geosciences Institute
4220 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302-1502
(703) 379-2480
(703) 379-7563 Fax
ml@agiweb.org

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