picture Acquiring Highway Transportation Information from Abroad: Handbook
FHWA International Technology Scanning Program

Publication No. FHWA-PL-95-011 (B)
November 1994

Chapter 2. Commercial Online Database Vendors

One of the most important tools available to highway transportation information users is computerized, online information/literature databases. Online information and literature searching and online acquisition are relatively straightforward, and most individuals can easily conduct searches. Once a password (account) is obtained (and training has been given to understand the search commands and searching process), conducting a search can begin. The user should select appropriate subject databases and formulate a search strategy before beginning the search. many highway transportation information users let an information professional conduct the search for them. However, most often, the user will give the information professional is very familiar with the online database systems, the person can easily conduct the search in a more efficient and cost-effective manner than the engineer or scientist can. Commercial vendors who provide access to databases, which have domestic and foreign scientific and technical material related to highway and transportation topics include BRS, CISTI, DATA-STAR, DIALOG, ESA/IRS, ORBIT, and STN. Plate 2 provides the name, address, and telephone numbers of these vendors.

The vendor ESA-IRS provides a very good source for accessing foreign highway transportation information. The following databases (in ESA-IRS) contain relevant information: IRRD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; France), TRANSDOC (European Conference of Ministers of transport, France); PASCAL (Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, France); and, ACCOMPLINE/URBALALINE (London Research Center, England). In addition, the vendor STN International provides access in the United States to JICST-E, a database produced by the Japanese Information Center for Science and Technology. Database covers science subjects, including civil engineering topics.

Plate 2: Commercial Database Vendors


BRS Information Technologies
A Division of InfoPro Technologies, Inc.
8000 Westpark Drive
McLean, VA 22101
(800) 289-4377 or
(800) 456-7248
In Virginia:
(703) 442-0900


Canada Institute for Scientific & Technical Information
National Research Council Canada
Ottawa, Ontario K1A OS2
(613) 993-1210


2005 Market Street
Suite 1010
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(800) 221-7754


DIALOG Information Services
3460 Hillview Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304
(800) 334-2564


European Space Agency/Research Institute
P.O. Box 64
Via Galileo Galilei
00044 Frascati
11-39/6 94180361


ORBIT Online
A Division of InfoPro Technologies, Inc.
8000 Westpark Drive
McLean, VA 22102
(800) 456-7248
In Virginia:
(703) 442-0900


STN International
c/o Chemical Abstracts Service
2540 Olentangy River Road
P.O. Box 3012
Columbus, OH 43210-0012
(614) 447-3713
(614) 447-3713

STN (in Japan)

STN International
c/o The Japan Information Center of Science and Technology (JICST)
5-2, Nagatacho 2-Chome
Chlyoda-ku, Tokyo 100
( + 81) 03-3581 -6411
( + 81) 03-3581 -6446

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