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Oxford English Dictionary

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Review by CCL-EAR Committee

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world. Added last year is the Historical Thesaurus, which is now integrated with the OED Online.

As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from Dictionaries of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You’ll still find present-day meanings in the OED, but you’ll also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books. Today, the dictionary is in the process of its first major revision. Updates revise and extend the OED at regular intervals, each time subtly adjusting our image of the English language.

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Oxford Grove Music

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

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Oxford Grove Music is an excellent collection of reference sources on topics related to music. Content is updated on a periodic basis, although completeness of content and parity with edition numbers of the source work is not always clear. The search interface is adequate, and embedded multimedia examples of sheet music is a welcome addition for those able to install the required plug-in. The database is ADA/Section 508 compliant, but could use improvement to streamline navigation for users with screen readers. Overall, we recommend Oxford Music Online for any community college with courses requiring research into music history, instruments or performance.

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Oxford Grove Art

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Review by CCL-EAR Committee

Oxford Grove Art contains a strong set of reference material in the visual arts; content is periodically updated, although its parity with editions of the source material is not always clear. The search interface is adequate, with the caveat that students can be led into content that their institution does not own. The product is ADA/Section 508 compliant, but could use improvement to streamline navigation for users with screen readers. Overall, we recommend Oxford Art Online for any community college with Art History courses or other courses requiring research into the visual arts.

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Ambrose Video

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Review by CCL-EAR Committee

Ambrose Video, Ambrose Video 2.0 offers 566 videos with over 1200 video clips. Video publishers include Centre Communications for Ambrose Video, which is an academic video publisher that has created videos for Discovery, Animal Planet, and the History Channel, Cromwell Films, Antelope Films, Starbright Media Corporation, the BBC, and Time-Life. Many of the videos are accompanied by teacher guides, quizzes, and timelines as Word documents. The web based videos can be accessed by any Internet browser without any special software. All videos are closed captioned.
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VAST – Alexander Street Press

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

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VAST, Academic Video Online is Alexander Street’s largest subscription streaming video collection. Launched in 2011, VAST’s collection includes academic videos from more than 20 academic disciplines. Included in the subscription are over 16,000 videos. VAST’s video content derives from well known producers and distributors.

Few videos are closed captioned, although many of the videos contain keyword-transcripts which run alongside the videos. Other features of the VAST database include: options to create and share customized video clips, synchronized transcripts, embedding codes for content management systems and mobile access and viewing options.

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Ovid

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

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Ovid, is a subsidiary of publisher WK Health which is itself a subsidiary of multinational publisher Wolters Kluwer. Ovid is also the publisher of Lippincott Williams and Wilkins journals. Three packages are currently being offered to the Community College League: An extended journal package of 44 titles; a core book package of 55 titles; an extended book package of 144 titles (the core package plus an additional 89 titles).
The journal package contains current and retrospective, full text holdings of 43 North American nursing journals as well as the backfile of one journal that ceased publication in 2009. These journals are free of embargo and current to the most recently published issue. Journal content accumulates.
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Springer eBooks

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Review by CCL-EAR Committee

Springer eBooks purchase model is unique compared to many other eBook vendors as it includes no digital rights management (DRM), unlimited usage, concurrent users, perpetual access/ownership, and electronic ILL allowance. Springer is a global publishing company known for its peer-reviewed journals, books, and more recently, its e-Books. Springer eBooks advertises itself as the “largest collection of STM [science, technology, and math] books online.”

The Springer eBook collection covers disciplines in science and engineering disciplines as well as social sciences and humanities. The collection also includes books published in foreign languages, including Dutch, French, German, and Italian. The name of the collection, Springer eBook, is a misnomer because in addition to books, book series and textbooks, the collection includes journals and major reference works.

Reviewers recommend Springer’s eBook collection with its open-eBook model and quality publications in the sciences as well as other disciplines. It would be ideal if Springer can put together a package where the research level is geared toward community college students. The new SpringerLink platform slated for January 2013 release is an improvement from the previous platform.

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Books in Print

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Review by CCL-EAR Committee

Bowker’s Books in Print called BooksInPrint 2.5 (BIP 2.5) provides users with an efficient way to cross-search and retrieve bibliographic, publisher, and market information about books published in the United States in a variety of formats.

As with previous versions of the online program, BIP 2.5 offers subscribers comprehensive bibliographic information on currently published, out-of-print, and forthcoming books, e-book, audio, and video titles covering all levels, varieties, and interests (including scholarly, adult, juvenile, popular, reprint and out of print titles). It includes full-text book reviews, from over 40 well-known and reliable sources, including Booklist, CHOICE, Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal and School Library Journal.

The search interface for BIP 2.5 utilizes a single-search box that is intuitive for users and will not require an excessive amount of training. The default keyword search is “All” and other field specific search parameters include: subject, title, author, publisher, and series title. The search field supports Boolean operators and ISBN.

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Intelecom

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Review by CCL-EAR Committee

INTELECOM Online Resources Network is a streaming video collection that provides unlimited 24/7 access to more than 3,500 closed captioned video clips covering topics in Adult Education, Business, Oceanography, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Health and Environmental Sciences. The video content can be embedded into course management systems such as Blackboard and can be accessed by faculty and students easily online. help library staff and users identify and keep track of full-text, electronic serial content across multiple producers and aggregators.

Most clips are 3-5 minutes but the clip length does vary from under 1 minute to around 30 minutes. Videos can be streamed to a desktop computer or mobile devices. All clips are delivered via streaming video in both .flv and H.264/MP4 formats for iOS compatibility. There is not a lot of “stand alone” value to these clips for student research. Faculty, on the other hand, can use these short clips to address specific points in their course content. This database is more of a media services or distance learning resource than a research database.

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Virtual Reference Library – Gale

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

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Virtual Reference Library, a product offered by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has been a mainstay in academic libraries for years. It offers a simple and appealing perpetual ownership model for reference collections: buy an ebook and it belongs to the library forever with a very reasonable annual hosting fee. An institution purchases the electronic books either as a collection with deep consortium discounts, or individually.

Students can access GVRL titles from their computer, tablet, and smart phone 24/7. With an increasing amount of online classes and new ways of communicating with librarians (like chat, text, or twitter), students will find it extremely useful to have reference titles unbound from the physical library. In addition, GVRL has no digital rights management (DRM) policy, and instead offers unlimited simultaneous users, unlimited downloading and saving, and no need to check out ebooks.
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