Week 4 Online Libraries

Database Search and Comparison

Relevant articles could be located in each of the four online databases Emerald, Proquest, Ebcohost and Informit.   As the session focussed on the development of Informit there was familiarity to commence searching.   Articles and initial impressions are listed in the following table:

Database Usability Topic A Journal Articles Topic B Journal Articles
Emerald First screen does not give an overview of databases however the quick search function is usefulSort by relevance, newest, oldestBrowse options limited The 8th IFIP World Conference on Computers in Education: 40 Years of Computers in Education: What Works?
Type: Viewpoint
Author(s): Joyce PittmanLet Them Eat Data: How Computers Affect Education, Cultural Diversity, and the Prospects of Ecological Sustainability
Type: Non-article
Source: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education Volume: 3 Issue: 2 2002
Publishers square up on open access
Type: Non-article
Source: Interlending & Document Supply Volume: 32 Issue: 3 2004Open access jeopardises academic publishers, Reed chief warns
Type: Non-article
Source: Interlending & Document Supply Volume: 32 Issue: 4 2004
Proquest  Opening screen does not provide the guiding menu options as available in Informit.Specific date range option within each database is good Classes That Click: Fast, Rich Feedback to Enhance Student Learning and Satisfaction
John C Chen, Dexter C Whittinghill, Jennifer A Kadlowec. Journal of Engineering Education. Washington: Apr 2010. Vol. 99, Iss. 2; p. 159 (10 pages)Empowering student learning through Tablet PCs: A case study
Sandy C Li, Jacky W C Pow, Emily M L Wong, Alex C W Fung. Education and Information Technologies. London: Sep 2010. Vol. 15, Iss. 3; p. 171
 Open Access and Academic Journal Quality
Mark J McCabe, Christopher M Snyder. The American Economic Review. Nashville: May 2005. Vol. 95, Iss. 2; p. 453 (6 pages)Supporting and enhancing scholarship in the digital age: the role of openaccess institutional repositoriesChan, Leslie. Canadian Journal of Communication. Toronto: 2004. Vol. 29, Iss. 3/4; pg. 277
Ebscohost A system error from course content link did not allow access during week 4.  Fine from http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.   Clear guidelines on how to access each database and one screen only to search.  Enhancing Student Performance Using Tablet Computers. Authors: Enriquez, Amelito G. Source: College Teaching; Summer2010, Vol. 58 Issue 3, p77-84, 8p     Conditions for Classroom Technology Innovations. Authors: Zhao, Yong Pugh, Kevin Sheldon, Stephen Byers, Joe L. Source:Teachers College Record; Apr2002, Vol. 104 Issue 3, p482, 34p, 1 Diagram, 1  “Predatory” Open -Access Scholarly Publishers.Detail Only Available By: Beal, Jeffrey. Charleston Advisor, Apr2010, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p10-17, 8p; (AN 49785658) Practice and consideration for publication of open-access journals.Detail Only Available By: Tanifuji, Mikiko. Joho Kanri, Sep2009, Vol. 52 Issue 6, p323-333, 11p; (AN 45461008)
Informit Range of databases with start and end datesClear subject headings.Horizontal headings of topic areas engagingSearch function to find relevant database easy to findSearch hints useableMetadata records of found articles easily browsed TI: Using ICT to enable students to master spelling.PA: Minton PSO: ICT in Education; v.30 n.2 p.14-16; December 2007TI: The effects of ICT standards on educational motivation and learning : the Australian experience.PA: Tuovinen J ESO: In ‘Standards in education’ edited by D M McInerney, S Van Etten and M Dowson, pages 147-171. Charlotte NC : Information Age Publishing, 2007 TI: Estimating the potential impacts of open access to research findingsAU: Houghton, John;   Sheehan, PeterSO: Economic Analysis and Policy, v.39, no.1, Mar 2009: 127-142TI: Open access models and their implications for the players on the scientific publishing marketAU: Bernius, Steffen;   Hanauske, Matthias;   König, Wolfgang;   Dugall, BerndtSO: Economic Analysis and Policy, v.39, no.1, Mar 2009: 103-115

 Navigation initially appears more straightforward in ‘Informit’ however I will need to use the other three databases more to be sure of this opinion.  I used simple rather than complex searches and need to go back into each to work out which had full text functions.   Boolean search functions need revision.   I was  When browsing each database I presumed the ‘Full text available’ option referred to accessing full article content.   Perhaps it refers to a full text search function on that article.

I knew of some of the journals from an industry training background but I am unaware of most industry specific journals.   

The bibliographic data is useful and liked being able to scan through a continuous ‘roll’ of metadata records.   I do traditionally read an abstract prior to accessing the full text of any journal article.

The article was usually presented in HTML or  PDF formats if so I would  select the .pdf to enable further searching within the article.

I do read each article on screen.  I would then save relevant content to a usb and only print it out when time for thorough onscreen reading is not available.

The presentation of most aggregated databases appears fairly standardised to me however I would like to review the structure of each with an information management professional.   When in .pdf format and immediately accessible rather than being sent to search further in another catalogue the articles in each service seem to “look” the same

Comparing the four services as a non imformation management professioning I found Informit the easiest to navigate


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