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Database Debuts at NIH Library, Mar. 21

The NIH Library now offers access to Essential Science Indicators (ESI), a database containing science performance statistics and science trends data compiled by the Institute for Scientific Information. ESI may be conveniently accessed from the NIH Library web site at

The web-based resource enables researchers to conduct ongoing, quantitative analyses of research performance and trends in science, covering a multidisciplinary selection of 8,500 journals from around the world. The analytical tool also gives researchers the ability to determine highly cited scientists, institutions (university, corporate, government research lab), nations and journals. Also included are editorial discussions that provide guidance on data analysis and interpretation enhanced by tables, charts and other data sets presented in ESI.

Key benefits to using ESI for NIH staff include the ability to analyze research performance of companies, institutions, nations and journals; rank top nations, journals, scientists, institutions and companies by field of research; and identify significant trends in the sciences and social sciences.

NIH librarian Brigit Sullivan will present the features of Essential Science Indicators on Thursday, Mar. 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Clinical Center's Lipsett Amphitheater. Sullivan is leader of the library's electronic resources team and coordinates the library's acquisition of electronic resources on behalf of NIH staff, including more than 2,700 online full-text journals currently accessible at Also, a representative from the Institute for Scientific Information's research services will be present to answer questions related to ESI data and the algorithms that support it.

For more information, call the NIH Library at 496-1080.

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