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online service

(1) An information service activated and accessed from a computer. See cloud computing and online.

(2) An organization that provides access to the Internet. See ISP.

(3) An earlier organization that provided proprietary content online. Before the Internet became available to the general public, online services such as AOL and CompuServe contained a unique mix of databases and resources available via dial-up modems. If email was provided, it was only between members of the same service.

After the Internet became popular, all the proprietary services added Web access to their content. Email systems were either switched to the Internet's SMTP mail protocol or their proprietary formats were automatically converted back and forth to SMTP. The following online services predate the Internet explosion of the mid-1990s and are here for historical purposes. See AOL, CompuServe, portal and SMTP.

AOL (America Online)
Internet access, variety of databases

Internet access, variety of databases

Newspapers, magazines, financial

Largest collection of databases

Dow Jones Interactive
Finance, daily news & news searching

Internet access, BBSs, roundtables

Legal and news information

National Library of Medicine
MEDLINE and MEDLARS databases

Internet access, variety of databases

Questel - Orbit
Patent, trademark, scientific, news

West Publishing/WESTLAW
Legal databases
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