Ambrose Video

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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Sharpe Online Reference Preview

April 1st, 2014

Preview by CCL-EAR Committee

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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EBSCO Upgrades

March 13th, 2014

Brief Review by CCL-EAR Committee

All California community colleges receive Academic Search Premier, Business Source Elite, and MasterFILE Premier as part of the EBSCO state-wide-buy. EBSCO’s tiers or levels—from entry level to fully loaded—are elite, premier, and complete. These reviews are both an assessment of the individual upgrades as well as the complete database packages that they will form.

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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Statistical Database Comparison

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

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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Palgrave Connect Ebook Collections

October 7th, 2013

Preview by CCL-EAR Committee

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

October 2nd, 2013

Preview by CCL-EAR Committee

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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Ebook Collection Comparison

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

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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VAST – Alexander Street Press

March 6th, 2013

Review by CCL-EAR Committee

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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