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Mango Languages, Rosetta Stone, Duolingo, and Memrise Preview

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

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In Fall 2015 members of the CCL-EAR Committee were asked to write a preview of Mango Languages: Higher Education and Rosetta Stone Library Solution (Ebsco).  The team did a preview comparison of these language programs, along with two free language programs, Duolingo: Schools and Memrise.

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Salem Online

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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Salem Online, is a database of content from Salem Press’ reference books on health, history, literature, and science. While Salem’s content is relevant for community college collections, the reviewers do not suggest a full review until Salem makes the interface more accessible to users with disabilities and provides a basic level of do-it-yourself support.
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Sharpe Online Reference Preview

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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Sharpe Online Reference, provides access to 12,000 articles from 29 Sharpe e-Reference titles on history and culture (assuming all collections or titles are purchased). Titles, such as Encyclopedia of the Gilded Age & Progressive Era and Encyclopedia of American Folklore, have been deemed essential in Choice Reviews for Academic Libraries and are available for inclusion. All the titles included have been reviewed positively for school, public, and/or college libraries by various publications. Additional content includes access to 4,000 images, primary documents, and the ability to browse the titles as you would print materials to access a title’s glossary and chronology.

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Palgrave Connect Ebook Collections

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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Palgrave Connect Ebook Collections, PalgraveConnect Ebook Collections for community colleges is comprised of 118 scholarly ebook collections from publisher Palgrave Macmillan covering subjects in the social sciences, humanities, and business. Imprints range from the 1990’s to the present, but the focus of this preview is 2013 collections comprised of titles published in late 2012 through 2013 only. The size and nature of these collections make them appropriate and cost-effective purchases for community college libraries looking to expand current, relevant, academic ebook offerings in a way that doesn’t require too much site administration or explanation to use.

This product is not currently offered by the Consortium.

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Vogue Archives Online

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

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Vogue Archives Online, a product offered by ProQuest, contains full-text, full-color, high-resolution digital copies of the popular fashion magazine. Covering the complete run of the periodical from December 17, 1892 through the present, every page of each issue may be searched, viewed, and downloaded on the ProQuest database platform.

This preview addresses elements of the product (content, unique search points) that are specific and unique to the Vogue Online Archives. Additional or general information about the search and retrieval platform, accessibility, and vendor support, are addressed in other ProQuest database reviews.

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Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database

Friday, September 21st, 2012

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Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, is an advertising-free reference database that contains data and evaluative information on natural ingredients used in health-related therapies and the commercially-available products that contain them. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbals, supplements, and other ingredients intended for health-related applications. Produced by Therapeutic Research Faculty, publishers of Pharmacist’s Letter, Pharmacy Technician’s Letter, and IDENT-A-DRUG Reference, NMCD is available in two versions, the Professional Version (previewed here), which is geared toward healthcare practitioners, students, and related professionals, and the Consumer Version for lay people.

The language used is clear, concise, and easily understood by practitioners and students in fields that would use this information. The database’s editors and other experts provide additional commentary. The price of the Professional Version makes it an affordable tool for institutions needing this information. Although the lower-cost Consumer Version is a good alternative for general reference, the absence of cited literature and certain evaluative tools make it less useful for academic purposes.

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E-book subscription collections

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

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Both EBSCO and ProQuest (ebrary) are offering subscription ebook collections. Recently the CCL-EAR committee evaluated the collections. Note: some of the EBSCO titles may overlap with the previous netlibrary collections offered through the consortium.

Since this review was completed, EBSCO has put together a smaller ebook package specifically for community colleges. The CCL-EAR Committee will review this package at the beginning of the fall semester and post its findings. Both the community college package and the larger, academic package will be offered through the consortium (pricing to be determined).

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EasyBib

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

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EasyBib,was created in 2001 by two high school students frustrated by the process of managing their bibliographic citations, so the company’s identification with its end user is right on target. By marketing itself as a tool that “prevents plagiarism and promotes information literacy,” EasyBib has successfully generated positive interest.

While EasyBib contains some very useful information it is not a searchable database per se; EasyBib is primarily an online research project management tool. It contains the following components:
•Research
•Notebook
•Bibliography
•Citation guide
•Educator’s blog

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GREENR Preview

Monday, April 16th, 2012

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GREENR, a product offered by Cengage Learning (Gale), focuses on the physical, social, and economic aspects of environmental issues. Topic, organization, and country portals form research centers around issues covering energy systems, health care, agriculture, climate change, population, and economic development. Portals include authoritative analysis, academic journals, news, case studies, legislation, conference proceedings, primary source documents, statistics, and rich multimedia.”

Media content comes from videos clips (5,037), broadcast transcripts (96), and interviews (91). Print content is comprised of two major formats –periodicals and reference material. GREENR supplies articles from 998 periodical titles (51 embargoed), nearly one third of which are peer-reviewed.

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Vocational Biographies Preview

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

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Vocational Biographies describes its product as “The career success stories of 1001 real people”. It is similar in purpose to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) in that it provides information on over 1000 careers. Each entry includes information on required education/certification, working conditions, job outlook, and salary range in an easy to read and often entertaining format. What sets it apart from the OOH is its first person narrative from people in the field.

While there are freely available sites on the Internet that describe various careers, none (in this reviewer’s experience) has the breadth or readability of Vocational Biographies.

This is a product badly in need of a makeover. A revamp of their job titles and some basic web-based search assistance would greatly improve this database.

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