Content Evaluation of Textual CD-ROM and Web Databases

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Libraries Unlimited, 2001 - Computers - 275 pages
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This richly illustrated book provides guidelines for evaluating a variety of database types, including abstracting and indexing, directory, full-text, and page-image databases available in online and/or CD-ROM formats. Jacso discusses the purpose and techniques of comparing and evaluating the most important characteristics of textual databases, such as their scope, dimensions, source coverage, record content, accuracy, consistency, currency, and completeness. Evaluation models and procedures are given for widely used databases (e.g., Books in Print, Ulrich's Periodicals Directory, Library and Information Science Abstracts and their full-text version), whose subject, content, and terminology are familiar to librarians and information specialists irrespective of their specialization. Beyond traditional online and CD-ROM databases, the book illustrates the evaluation of the new Web-born information resources (including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Electric Library, and Northern Light).

 

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Contents

Chapter 2Database Content Evaluation Criteria
7
Chapter 3Database Subject Scope
15
Chapter 4Database Dimensions
27
Chapter 5Database Source Coverage
71
Chapter 6Record Content
131
Chapter 7Accuracy
149
Chapter 8Format and Content Consistency
171
Chapter 9Completeness
181
Chapter 10Quality of Subject Indexing
199
Chapter 11Quality of Abstracts
219
Chapter 12Cost Considerations
241
Bibliography
251
Index
263
About the Author
275
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PeTER JACSo is Chair and Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Hawaii, Honolulu. He received the Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award of the American Society for Information Science (ASIS), the Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award, and the Louis Shores-Oryx Press Award for excellence in reviewing databases.

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