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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 Standard Evaluation Chart:

Database Content
Search Interface
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Cost
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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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Virtual Reference Library – Gale

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Review by CCL-EAR Committee

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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Database Content
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Accessibility/Availability of Service

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GREENR Preview

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Preview by CCL-EAR Committee

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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Nursing Resource Center – Gale

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Review by CCL-EAR Committee
The Nursing Resource Center (NRC) is a reference database combining content from nursing and allied health textbooks, encyclopedias, drug monographs, multimedia (such as video and animations), care plans, as well as access to Nursing and Allied Health periodical literature. Libraries that are considering this database for journal content may be well advised that this database provides access to citations only unless a library decides to purchase, as an addition to the NRC, the Gale Nursing and Allied Health Collection periodical file. It should be noted that the vendor’s current offer to the CCLC includes the Nursing and Allied Health [Periodical] Collection to complement NRC holdings.

In terms of content, the Nursing Resource Center database suffers from some major shortcomings. Many of its reference titles are outdated and nursing periodicals are lacking in coverage of core titles. For these reasons the reviewers’ overall assessment of this database is that it may not be a worthwhile purchase for two-year colleges with accredited nursing programs.

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Gale Preview Nursing Resource Center

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Preview by CCL-EAR Committee

Nursing Resource Center, a product offered by Gale, is a reference database combining content from nursing and allied health textbooks, encyclopedias, drug monographs, and multimedia, as well as citations to relevant journal articles.

NRC would be a worthwhile purchase for two-year colleges with nursing programs and particularly for beginning nusring students who require an introduction to the nursing process. But subscribers to this product will not have full text content from nursing and allied health journals unless they purchase the the Gale Nursing and Allied Health Collection or NRC along with another database collection that does provide full-text, peer-reviewed journal content. 

 
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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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    Gale ProCon Comparison

    Tuesday, July 20th, 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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