Category Archives: Subscription database

Oxford Reference by Oxford University Press

Oxford ReferenceBibliographic Information:

Oxford University Press. (2002). Oxford reference. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Plot Summary:

Oxford Reference is a database of reference sources including dictionaries, encyclopedias and companions. The database includes two collections, although uses may not notice since the two are fully integrated and cross-referenced.

Please check the site for a title list: http://www.oxfordreference.com/page/titlelists/title-lists

Critical Evaluation:

Oxford University Press is a respected publisher of reference resources. Oxford Reference provides users with over 2 million entries from a very large collection of reference books.

Oxford Reference has the basic keyword search students are used to with search engines but it also have an advanced search which allow users to be more specific about the materials needed for projects.

Reader’s Annotation:

Oxford Reference

Information About the Author:

Oxford University Press is affiliated with the University of Oxford and is intended to further “the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education” (About Us).

Genre:

  • Reference materials

Curriculum Ties:

  • Covers all curriculum areas.

Booktalking Ideas:

  • Can include in all research-based pathfinders.

Reading Level/Interest Age:

  • Ages 12 and up

Challenge Issues:

  • N/A

Why did you include this resource in the titles you selected?:

Oxford Reference is an excellent way of providing a large variety of ready reference sources in an online environment.

References:

About. (2013). Retrieved May 11, 2013 from http://www.oxfordreference.com/page/about

 

About us. (2013). Retrieved May 11, 2013 from http://global.oup.com/about/?AB=B&cc=ca

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High School eBook Collection by Infobase Publishing

infobaseBibliographic Information:

Infobase Learning`s High School eBook Collection (2013) by Infobase Publishing. See Infobas website for more informationhttp://www.infobasepublishing.com/eBookLanding.aspx?eBooks=1

Plot Summary:

An ebook database of over 3600 books that support curriculum at a high school level.

infobase full screenCritical Evaluation:

Infobase eBook database provides over 3000 nonfiction books from a variety of publishers including Facts on File, Bloom`s, and Chelsea House.

Users can access the books through the subject directory, on the left side. The subjects support the curriculum at a high school level including Ancient History, Biographies, Careers & Education and Economy & Business to name a few.

Users can search all the books using the search box in a full text search or in a title search. Users also have an option to use an Advanced Search. Alternately, users can search within a particular title or click on a specific chapter.

An Internet connection is required to access the ebooks. At this time, the books cannot be downloaded on a personal device. As a result, the database allows unlimited simultaneous access to users, a definite benefit for school homework.

Reader’s Annotation:

Infobase ebooks database is an excellent online database that allows users to search across all 3600 books with one search.

Information About the Author:

Infobase is a leading provider of books and databases to the school market. Infobase encompasses well-known names such as Facts on File, Chelsea House, Bloom`s Literary Criticism, and Ferguson Publishing (About us).

Genre:

  • nonfiction

Curriculum Ties:

  • Most curriculum area covered

Booktalking Ideas:

  • Can be added to most pathfinders to support research

Reading Level/Interest Age:

  • Ages 12 and up

Challenge Issues:

  • N/A

Why did you include this resource in the titles you selected?:

Finding good nonfiction materials to support curriculum can be difficult. Infobase provides an excellent product at a reasonable price. We decided to get a trial subscription to the ebook database this year.

References:

About us. (n.d.). Retreived from http://www.infobasepublishing.com/AboutUs.aspx

 

Canadian Student Research Centre by EBSCOhost

Canadian student research centre 2Bibliographic Information:

Canadian Student Research Centre by EBSCOhost

Plot Summary:

Canadian Student Research Centre provides access to the full-text content of Canadian serials and reference books. It also includes biographies and an Image Collection of over 500,000 photos, maps and flags.

Critical Evaluation: WCanadian Student Research Centreith the Canadian Student Research Centre students can create complex searches with Boolean operators and a variety of limiters including reading level. They have the ability to search specific fields such as author, title, and subject. They can also limit their search to a specific document type and to materials published in Canada. Finally, in the advance search, they can limit their search to French or English materials.

Canadian student research centre 1On the other hand, they will also have success with a simple keyword search where they simply check the document types they are interested in.

If they prefer, they can also use a directory approach by choosing the “Search by Topic” option. Finally, they can use a visual search or even view the contents of a particular title.

Accessing content therefore is very easy. Once the student finds an article, he can review the abstract prior to accessing the full-text of the source.

For high school students that are not proficient with database searching some work will be required to teach choosing appropriate search terms. The number of results can be overwhelming. Students will also have to be taught to check “full text” so they will be successful in finding materials they can use in their assignments. This is unfortunate as many students will prefer the one-click method they are used to with search engines. At this level, a less sophisticated interface may encourage students to use this resource more.

Unlike other EBSCO databases, the students are not provided the citation. The information for the citation is provided but students will need to choose what they need based on their citation style.

For more information please see  “Canadian Student Research Centre

Reader’s Annotation:

Canadian Student Research Centre provides students access to Canadian material and material about Canada from thousands of reputable sources. Search online and get the results your teachers will accept.

Information About the Author:

EBSCO Publishing provides a variety of databases for different types of libraries and other institutions. When one discusses EBSCO, it is important to be aware that one is not discussing a single database, which can confuse students. In fact, when a school purchases a subscription from EBSCO, the school is purchasing a suite of databases that can be searched separately or together.

Indeed, a subscriber has the ability, to a limited degree, to determine what level of content is appropriate for their population. EBSCO also provides good support to the end user through tutorials and online helps.

It used to be that EBSCO was considered a periodical database provider. That is no longer the case. EBSCO has also developed ebook and image databases. EBSCO also has a variety of publications that is branded differently including Salem Press and Novelist .


Genre:

  • Entertainment
  • Nonfiction
  • Canadian topics

Curriculum Ties:

  • Media classes to discuss the concept of writing for ones’ audience and tone.
  • Expository writing and persuasive writing.
  • Canadian history
  • Social Studies
  • Religion
  • Environmental issues
  • Science

Booktalking Ideas:

  • Use as source for school assignments
  • Can be included in most pathfinders

Reading Level/Interest Age:

  • Ages 14 and up

Challenge Issues:

  • N/A

Why did you include this resource in the titles you selected?:

Not all readers read novels. Nonfiction, current events, and entertainment resources can encourage the teenager who considers himself a nonreader to read. This sources allows students to access a variety of magazines and newspapers. It is also a great source for reputable materials for school projects.