Posts Tagged ‘InfoBase Publishing’

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:

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Video Comparison Review

Monday, 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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Films on Demand

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Review by CCL-EAR Committee

Films on Demand is a streaming video collection that provides unlimited, 24/7 access to more than 3,000 videos and 33,000 segments – all closed captioned. This collection was created specifically for California Community Colleges.
These videos cover topics in Humanities & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Science & Mathematics, Health & Medicine, Technical Education, and Counseling & Careers.

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InfoBase Publishing (Facts) 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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