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Northern Illinois University
Sole Source #052505BML

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info
Published Thursday June 9, 2005
Awarded to:
Vendor:  Elsevier Engineering, Inc.
Amount:  $93,500
Terms:   One-time transaction
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Wednesday May 25, 2005
The University awarded a contract for online engineering research materials to Elsevier Engineering, Inc. for $93,500.
This award is for annual database access fees for a copyrighted and trademarked database of online engineering bibliographic and research materials; the purchase of proprietary backfiles; and subscription costs for a licensed database of scientific and technical literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers, computing, information technology, manufacturing, production and mechanical engineering. Elsevier Engineering offers online access to the most comprehensive known bibliographic database of engineering research available. This online coverage is from 1969 to the present. Approximately 500,000 new records are added to the database annually from over 175 disciplines and major specialties within engineering. This database is updated weekly to ensure access to critical developments in the engineering/technology fields.

Northern Illinois University Libraries have subscribed to the Compendex/EI Village database since it?s inception, and it is an essential bibliographic resource for our engineering and technology programs. In addition, the supplemental Engineering Index Backfile, available exclusively via the Compendex/EI Village database from Elsevier Engineering, is being made available to NIU at a one-time-only heavily discounted price, and includes a perpetual license to the backfile content. The addition of this proprietary backfile will furnish NIU with historic breadth and depth to its bibliographic resources, and will provide users with a comprehensive overview of published literature from 1884-1969. This information can also be used to help cite original research, explore under-developed areas of study, build upon past findings and potentially challenge patents which may be based upon information that is currently in the public record. The Compendex/EI Village database is copyrighted and trademarked and a proprietary offering of Elsevier Engineering; the Engineering Index Backfile is available exclusively via Compendex/EI Village from Elsevier Engineering; and the INSPEC database of scientific and technical literature--used for current awareness, new product information, technological forecasting, competitive intelligence, and patent-related searching--is a licensed offering available through Elsevier Engineering. Therefore, this combined acquisition is economically feasible and procurable from only one source. This award is for open order purchases for the period through June 30, 2006.
For additional information, contact:
Brent MacLeod
Phone: (815) 753-1676

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