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Science Comparison

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Review by CCL-EAR Committee

Members of the CCL-EAR committee undertook a comparative study of three science databases:
• AccessScience (McGraw-Hill)
• Today’s Science (Infobase Learning)
• Science in Context (Gale)
The review focused on the subject coverage, search interface, cost, availability/accessibility of service, and customer service as well as customization, and mobile options.
AccessScience’s search interface presents a simple and intuitive layout making it easy for novice searchers to navigate.
Today’s Science is a well-regarded resource geared toward high school students and lower-division undergraduates.
Gale’s Science in Context database provides students with an attractive and user-friendly interface with which to begin their research.

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Committee’s Overall Assessment:

Committee’s Standard Evaluation Chart:

Database Content
Search Interface
User Support Services
Cost
Accessibility/Availability of Service

 

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Statistical Database Comparison

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Comparison Review by CCL-EAR Committee

Statistical Database Comparison, is a comparative study of four statistical databases:
• RAND California (Rand Corp.)
• Statista (Statista Inc.)
• Statistical Abstract of the United Stated (Proquest)
• Data and Statistics (USA.gov)
The review focused on quality and quantity of statistical data, subject coverage, search options, customer service, and cost as well as options for customization and mobile apps.

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Comparative Study of Five Health and Nursing Databases

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Comparison Review by CCL-EAR Committee
The review focused on five healthcare and nursing databases: EBSCO CINAHL Complete, EBSCO CINAHL Plus with Full Text, Gale Nursing Resource Center AND Nursing + Allied Health (sold as a bundle), OVID Nursing Database, ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source.

The review focused on the subject coverage, search interface, cost, availability/accessibility of service, and customer service as well as customization, and mobile options.

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Ebook Collection Comparison

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Content Comparison by CCL-EAR Committee

  • This review provides a comparison of ebook collections from Ebrary, Ebsco, and Springer. In addition to title lists for each collection, reviewers compared digital rights management, mobile access, content, currency, and system requirements.
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Video Comparison Review

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Content Comparison by CCL-EAR Committee

  • The review focused on quality and quantity of videos, cost, subject coverage, search options, closed captioning, and customer service as well options for customization, embedding for content management systems and mobile options.

The content of Films on Demand is broad and is relevant for community college use. A very useful feature of the database is the 90,000 clips that can be searched and embedded into courseware. The videos are closed-captioned and the user support services are above average.

Intelecom has several of the same great features as Films on Demand and VAST including embedding and mobile options but their content is not as broad or as commercial as the other two databases. Although they have recently expanded their partnerships with other producers, their strength still remains in their in-house produced video clips. Their videos are designed to support specific curriculum.

VAST has more videos than Films on Demand and Intelecom but instructors might find the quality of these videos to be lacking in terms of video quality. This database would be used primarily by faculty and it would be important when considering this database to review video content for institution’s need. There is a lack of closed captioned materials in VAST but there is the ability to see side by side keyword-transcripts when the video is not in the full screen mode.

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Encyclopedia Comparison Review

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Content Comparison by CCL-EAR Committee

  • The content of all three encyclopedias is solid and each would be an appropriate resource for a community college library, but each has its strengths and weaknesses.

Encyclopedia Americana consists of more than 100,000 articles covering history, science and the arts. Grolier combines the traditional Americana content with a few interesting tools and additional information resources. Unfortunately a difficult user interface makes it hard to get at the content.

 Britannica Online comprises original, authored articles, links to over 500 journals and magazines from EBSCO databases, and links to eBooks that are provided through Project Gutenberg.

As a basic encyclopedia World Book Complete Suite is a good choice for college libraries serving a large population of under-prepared students. However, due to reviewer concerns about entries for Ebooks and primary sources, some libraries may wish to make World Book Student as the default home page, as this interface does not have links to the problematic features.

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NewsBank, ProQuest and EBSCO Newspaper Comparison

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Comparison Review by the CCL-EAR Committee

Databases reviewed in this comparison were EBSCO Newspaper Source Plus, ProQuest Newsstand and NewsBank’s customized database offering.

The review team recommends either ProQuest Newsstand or Newsbank’s customized offering. We do not recommend EBSCO Newspaper Source Plus. Overall, ProQuest offers the broadest range of titles, while NewsBank has more extensive coverage of local California newspapers.

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Large database comparison

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Comparison Review by CCL-EAR Committee

This was a comparison review of the ProQuest 5000, EBSCO Academic Search Premier, and Gale Academic OneFile. We looked at title lists, search results, and search interfaces. Through our analysis, we felt that the most important criteria in making our final recommendation was the number of current, full-text, peer reviewed journals.

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Small database comparison

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Small Database Comparison by the CCL-EAR Committee

Members of the CCL-EAR committee reviewed the following small databases:
• Academic Search Elite (EBSCO)
• Expanded Academic ASAP (Gale)
• Proquest Research Library (Legacy Platform)
• Wilson Omnifile

The databases were evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Comparison of the total number of (continuing) full-text, peer-reviewed titles.
  • Number of unique titles
  • Coverage of what we considered to be core titles* for a community college library collection
  • Interface and usability
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    ProCon.org

    Thursday, August 19th, 2010

    Comparison Review by CCL-EAR Committee

    This review will focus on the depth, quality and quantity of the pro and con essays, while also noting relevant add on content. Included is a chart comparing the add on content of each database. Keep in mind that price varies greatly between products with little added content, versus other products that contain a full suite of fulltext periodicals articles (procon.org is not included).

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    Vendor Response: 8-20-2010

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