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Falk, Joyce Duncan – Database, 1983
This guide to searching for "America: History and Life," a bibliographic database offering resources on topics in social sciences, humanities, and arts in the United States and Canada, covers subject scope, selection and coverage, document types and records, combined entries, subject indexing, personal names, geographic names, historical periods,…
Descriptors: Databases, Humanities, Indexes, Information Retrieval
Rockman, Ilene F. – Database, 1983
Discusses several online databases available through DIALOG Information Retrieval Service which are useful for identifying corporate wealth, philanthropic awards, and government grants (Foundation Directory, Foundation Grants Index, Grants Database, and National Foundations). Scope and access points are noted, and search examples are appended.…
Descriptors: Databases, Grants, Indexes, Information Retrieval
Skinner, Robert E. – Database, 1983
Surveys major databases offering access to historical and biographical information in the sciences and highlights special features of each--Histline, America: History and Life, Historical Abstracts, Agricola, Biosis Previews, CA Condensates, Compendex, Excerpta Medica, Inspec, and Medline. Two references are listed. (EJS)
Descriptors: Biographies, Databases, History, Information Retrieval
Jack, Robert F. – Database, 1984
Suggestions for the preparation and use of database guide sheets (idiot sheets) highlights when to make an idiot sheet; steps in preparation (define suitable format, gather pertinent information); production; adding notations to vendor-supplied guide sheets; and points to remember. Examples of DIALOG and homemade guide sheets are included. (EJS)
Descriptors: Databases, Guidelines, Guides, Information Retrieval
Conger, Lucinda D. – Database, 1982
Briefly describes the development of databases since 1979 for searching online the geographic aspects of international relations topics. Online news services, commercial databases, and government-reproduced foreign affairs databases are discussed. Some suggestions for useful future sources are also made. (JL)
Descriptors: Databases, Human Geography, Indexes, Information Retrieval
Donati, Robert – Database, 1981
Identifies and describes databases which cover business practice, policy, and principle; government activity; popular interest; and scientific, scholarly, or technical developments and specific information on products, services, and business lines, industries, companies, individuals, and geographic places. Nineteen figures illustrate sample…
Descriptors: Business, Content Analysis, Databases, Decision Making
Basch, Reva – Database, 1992
Argues that the selection of a database is a significant factor in the success and cost effectiveness of an online search, and provides guidelines for determining whether the content of a database is relevant for a particular search and whether the database is accessible, affordable, and suitable for the search. (LAE)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Cost Effectiveness, Database Design, Databases
Miller, David C. – Database, 1987
Presents a guide to assessing optical data disks based on descriptive evaluation (facts about the product), comparative evaluation (whether the content is available in another form) and use evaluation (who will use it, why, and how). A checklist of evaluation criteria is provided. (CLB)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Needs Assessment
Hewison, Nancy S. – Database, 1987
Provides a guide to online search strategies for information about software packages and software reviews, including descriptions of appropriate databases and search access points for databases. (CLB)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Computer Software Reviews, Databases, Electronic Publishing
Snow, Bonnie – Database, 1985
Focuses on indexing refinements in major life science databases--those specializing in biological/biomedical literature coverage--which influence cross-life searching decisions. Tables included highlight database descriptions, comparisons in coverage, ease of access (indexing of secondary concepts or search modifiers), chemical substance indexing…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Chemical Nomenclature, Classification, Comparative Analysis
Wright, Kathy – Database, 1992
Discussion of bibliographic database management in industrial and government research and development organizations focuses on a class on bibliographic database management offered at the library of the Naval Ocean Systems Center. The organization of the class is explained, and database structure and cataloging guidelines for project documentation…
Descriptors: Bibliographic Databases, Cataloging, Course Organization, Database Design
Marsh, Sharon G. – Database, 1984
This article concentrates on the use of online searching to provide information needed by business for strategy formulation. The following steps are explained: environment analysis (structural analysis, trend analysis); business analysis; strategy formulation; strategic anticipation; strategic plan formalization; and implementation and control.…
Descriptors: Business, Databases, Environment, Evaluation Methods
Stigleman, Sue – Database, 1992
Discusses software that is used for preparing bibliographies according to particular styles. Other uses of citation databases originally created to produce bibliographies are described, guidelines to help choose a program are offered, and appendices list programs and producers as well as indicating features of the various programs. (LRW)
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Citations (References), Computer Software, Computer Software Selection
Bates, Mary Ellen – Database, 1994
Describes the kinds of online sources to use and processes involved in finding information on emerging markets and new industry trends. Highlights include relevance ranking in DIALOG searches; press releases; news sources; news alert services; market research reports; tracking research in progress; company information; and tracking subsidiaries.…
Descriptors: Databases, Information Sources, News Media, Online Searching
Jacso, Peter – Database, 1994
Discusses methods of evaluating commercial online databases and provides examples that illustrate their hidden dimensions. Topics addressed include size, including the number of records or the number of titles; the number of years covered; and the frequency of updates. Comparisons of Readers' Guide Abstracts and Magazine Article Summaries are…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Databases, Evaluation Methods, Online Searching
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