Discovery Tools Comparison Review

June 13th, 2016

Comparison Review by CCL-EAR Committee

Over the course of Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, members of the CCL-EAR Committee were asked to write a comparison review of commonly used library discovery tools. Those tools were:

● Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS)
● Encore Synergy
● Primo
● Summon
● Worldcat Local and Discovery

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JSTOR

May 2nd, 2016

Review by CCL-EAR Committee

In the Spring of 2016, members of the CCL-EAR Committee were asked to write a review of JSTOR.  The team did a review of this database, which is a database of journal archival collections from a a variety of academic publishers.

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CountryWatch

April 20th, 2016

Review by CCL-EAR Committee

In the Spring of 2016, members of the CCL-EAR Committee were asked to write a review of CountryWatch.  The team did a review of this database, which is a database of in-depth reports that cover political, economic, and business issues for each country.

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Lexis-Nexis Academic

December 10th, 2015

Review by CCL-EAR Committee

In the Fall of 2015, members of the CCL-EAR Committee were asked to write a preview of Lexis-Nexis Academic.  The team did a review of this database, which is an aggregator of newspaper, magazine, and journal content.

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Mango Languages, Rosetta Stone, Duolingo, and Memrise Preview

November 2nd, 2015

Preview by CCL-EAR Committee

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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Oxford English Dictionary

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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Salem Online

March 24th, 2015

Preview by CCL-EAR Committee

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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Oxford Grove Music

March 15th, 2015

Review by CCL-EAR Committee

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

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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Science Comparison

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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