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The STN Network can be accessed through any of three different interfaces:
STN Express is the original STN interface. It uses desktop software installed on users' computers. An advanced text command language is used to perform searches and manipulate results. In the more recent versions of the software, various "wizards" are available that help the user to perform common tasks without necessarily needing to know the text command. Support and access to older versions of STN Express (versions below 8.4) will be discontinued beginning in March 2012. See this news release for more information.
STN on the Web is a full-featured web interface version of STN. The same text-based command language is used as in STN Express, but it appears in a frame within a web browser window rather than a standalone software application. STN on the Web features a variety of “assistants” that help users perform common tasks, without necessarily needing to know the text command.
STN Easy is aimed at casual or occasional searchers and provides a web-based simplified “point-and-click” interface in place of the text-based command language. STN Easy is intended for users who may not be comfortable with or not have time to learn the command language required in STN Express and STN on the Web. STN Easy does not contain all of the features of the other two interfaces, nor does it contain access to all of the data files that are accessible through STN Express and STN on the Web.
The graphic below illustrates the variety of ways in which users can access the STN databases through the three interfaces.