ERIC Number: ED248882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: N/A
Online Data Bases. Reports to Decision Makers, Number 4.
Pollard, Jim; Holznagel, Don
Reports to Decision Makers, n4 May 1984
A well-designed online database system allows users to ask a computer to find only information that is relevant to their needs. A variety of databases exist, each specializing in a particular topic or type of information. Fulltext systems provide complete copies of such documents as news articles, research reports, and software evaluations. Bibliographic databases, such as ERIC, hold references to the original report or article rather than the full text and are usually searched by using key words. Non-bibliographic databases are simply collections of data. Searching a computer database involves at least three entities: the information owner who has gathered and entered the information into the computer; the database vendors, or organizations which contract with information owners and may charge a subscription fee and fee for search time; and the use of telephone lines to access the database system. The need for information should be balanced with the cost of obtaining it. It may be worthwhile to find a trained searcher to assist with a database search. A sample of 16 databases of potential interest to educators and 3 database vendors are listed. (LMM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.