Peking University Chooses Thomson Scientific's Century Of Science

    Leading Research University is First in China to Purchase 100 Years of
    Web Of Science Comprehensive Backfile and Cited Reference Data

    PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Jan. 17 /CNW/ -- Thomson Scientific, part of The
Thomson Corporation (NYSE:   TOC; TSX: TOC) and leading provider of information
solutions to the worldwide research and business communities, today announced
that Century of Science(TM) has been purchased by Peking University in China.
Century of Science expands Web of Science with the most important scientific
bibliographic and cited reference data covering the period from 1900 to 1944.
    Web of Science is a carefully selected and maintained collection of the
world's most influential journals across all disciplines.  Coverage is truly
multidisciplinary with emphasis on quality and superior collection development
and can be accessed via the ISI Web of Knowledge, a premier research platform
that offers an extensive collection of backfiles to 1945. Launched in January
2005, the Century of Science initiative made available approximately 850,000
articles from more than 200 journals carefully selected from the published
research in the first half of the 20th century.
    "As a forward-thinking information provider, we understand the importance
of historical research information," said Mark Garlinghouse, Thomson
Scientific's VP and Managing Director, Asia Pacific. "Century of Science will
assist Peking University in becoming a world class university."
    In 1999, Peking University was one of the very first Web of Science
customers in China and it now joins the growing list of the top research
organizations around the globe that invest in Century of Science to support
its world class research efforts.  While more than 200 universities throughout
the world have Century of Science, Peking University is the first academic
institution in China to acquire it.
    "Century of Science will enable us to track past developments, pinpoint
key turning points and determine the future direction our research," said
Prof. Zhu Qiang, Director of Library, Peking University.
    "This knowledge platform provides us with the history to help build the
future and to encourage research interaction and collaboration in China," said
Dr. Zhou Hui, Head of Scientific Research Office, Peking University.
    For more information, visit Century of Science.
    About Peking University
    Peking University is a comprehensive and national key university in
China, consisting of 30 colleges and 12 departments. While laying stress on
basic sciences, the university also pays special attention to the development
of applied sciences. Presently, Peking University has 216 research institutes
and research centers, 2 national engineering research centers, 81 national
disciplines, and 12 national laboratories.
    The university effectively combines research on important scientific
issues with the training of personnel with specialized knowledge and
professional skill. With such diverse branches of learning, Peking University
is likely to rank among the world's best universities at the beginning of the
next century. For more information about Peking University, please visit
    About The Thomson Corporation
    The Thomson Corporation ( is a global leader in providing
essential electronic workflow solutions to business and professional
customers.  With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson provides
value-added information, software tools and applications to professionals in
the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, scientific research
and healthcare.  The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York
and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE:   TOC; TSX: TOC).
    Thomson Scientific is a business of The Thomson Corporation.  Its
information solutions assist professionals at every stage of research and
development-from discovery to analysis to product development and
distribution. Thomson Scientific information solutions can be found at

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