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First, some desk "rules"...

Basically, use common sense!


Copy of guidelines and helpful contact emails will be kept at desk.


Any commonly recurring issues or tips to share?

Not all databases are created equal...

A few examples of nifty features:

What criteria might we want to use to evaluate a database?

Potential criteria

  • Content
    • Journals (or other material) available
      • Full-text or abstracts?
    • Time/Geographical coverage + currency
  • Depth of indexing
    • What is being searched? (Full-text? Abstracts?)
    • Search features + limiters
  • Interface
    • Easy to use?
    • Visually appealing (unlike this slide)?

Now, try it yourself!

  • Content
    • Publications available
    • Currency
  • Depth of indexing
    • Full-text or abstracts?
    • Search features + limiters
  • Interface
    • Easy to use?
    • Visually appealing?
    • Display options?

In groups of two (and one group of three), take 15 minutes to explore and evaluate the following databases, based on these criteria and others.

ACM Digital Library vs. MathSciNet

Historical Abstracts vs. Periodical Index Online

MLA vs. ProQuest Arts & Humanities

How do you access these?

What are the pros and cons of each? Why might you choose one over the other?

Be prepared to make your case in a quick, three-to-five minute presentation/demo.

MMP Reference Interview

Sarah, Sara, and Pam are confused students. Please help us!


"Do you have any research tips to find information about how upper-class people behaved during the 1970s in California (especially in resort clubs--or something similar)?"


By Swarthmore Reference


Database evaluation (RIAs workshop #3, fall 2016)

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