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Facts On File was founded in 1940 to serve the radio news business with the publication of the weekly Facts On File World News Digest, the complete database of which contains 100,000 articles that have been meticulously indexed and cross-linked to nearly 1,000,000 records from Facts On File annual indexes. The Web version of these two sources went online as in March 1999. Four modules that have been added are Today’s Science, Issues and Controversies, The World Almanac, and Funk and Wagnall’s New Encyclopedia. Together, these five modules make up the Reference Suite @, which was launched in April 2000. In addition, Reuter's newswire delivers stories that are held for two weeks, thus providing a vital bridge between daily news and the articles added weekly, monthly or yearly by the various publications that make up the Reference Suite.


This article first appeared in the January 2001 issue of The Charleston Advisor and is reprinted with permission.

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