Task for week 4 – Examining Emerald, Proquest, Informit and Ebsco

Examining Emerald, Proquest, Informit and Ebsco

aim to find three recent relevant articles on each of the topics below.

A) “The use of computers in the classroom to enhance learning”
B) “Open Access model for academic journal publishers ”

During your research consider:

1. Did you find relevant articles? What were they? When where they published? Which service did they come from?

Informit: Found relevant articles easily (listed below).

Proquest: Went straight to Eric, the education database, for the first topic – which offered me a one-box google style search initially. Then it logged me out because I loaded the page while I was still playing with informit, so I timed out. Second search using cross-search gave me advanced window by default, found plenty of stuff.

Emerald: mostly recent stuff (i didn’t limit it this time though), plenty of different journals to choose from.

Ebsco: Came from a variety of journals, seemed to be mostly scholarly although I didn’t do the Ulrichs test.


2. Navigation
Compare the 4 services:
– Searching (what type queries did you use: simple, or complex (Boolean)
– Browsing (did you know of a specific journal or resource?)
– Was Full Text Search offered? Was it useful?

Informit – used boolean AND to find a few, limited the date range.  (computer (in all) AND classroom (in all) AND teaching (in AB) – once I found a few I liked I browsed those titles to see if anything else caught my eye – full text search was offered but this topic is general enough that I did not need it – I didn’t find anything relevant by browsing one title so I changed ‘teaching’ to ‘learning’ in AB to see what different results I would get.  Search two – “open access” AND “publishing model” and “journal” – got me two hits, turned out to be the same article overlapped from two databases (business and humanities, since I had ticked both). However, Browsing to that journal seemed to hit the jackpot – I suspect the issue I found was entirely about Open Access, and I could have chosen from about 8 articles to fill out the three I needed.

Proquest/Eric – single search box (learning teaching computer effective classroom) got me 500 odd results, which is a good number – but I found the ‘next’ button only after some searching.  I should have limited to full-text only (guess Informit spoilt me by being mostly full text), because many items just said ‘check for availability’ which means going back to our catalogue… Eric items just had a PDF link right there though, which was good. Had I used the cross-search I may have been complaining here about wading through newspaper articles and so on as well (because usually I launch straight in without selecting relevant databases). For the second topic I used the cross-search (but excluded the Newspaper collection) and used the same search terms as Informit, but stuck to default ‘in citation or abstract’ fields – limited to full text only to save having to deal with FindIt.

Emerald: Adv search is default. used (any) teaching learning AND computer AND classroom (all in all fields) – plenty of results (limited to ‘my subscribed content’ too.

Ebsco: plugged all the words into a single search box (‘find articles by text’) – worked fine – seemed like they’d prefer me to browse by journal title though.  – there was an advanced (guided) search option but I didn’t have to use it.

3. Was the bibliographic data useful?

Bibliographic details help to ascertain if an article is from an authoritative source, and in particular the Abstract indicates if something is as useful as its title indicates.

However, Proquest’s bibliographic data looked messy and didn’t easily provide the information I was after. (Using FindIt was unsatisfactory, so I thought I would just search for the item ,but I don’t know if it is a book or journal at first glance). The first metadata they give (after title/author/abstract in the header) is ‘accession number’ which is meaningless to me.

Emerald’s bibliographic data is better –  I think I like a clear delineation between the type of metadata (Title, ISBN) and the data – so their Bold or Informit’s different coloured labels make sense to me visually.

Ebsco – bibliographic data displayed in a table using colour and format. Liked it.

4. Did you read the abstract before accessing the full text?

Read abstracts (or skimmed) in all cases – would only jump direct to an article if I already knew I wanted it (i.e. was cited elsewhere)

5. How was the article presented? HTML, PDF? If more than one format was available, which one did you select? Why?

PDF in most cases is available, but not on all Proquest items (particularly newspaper articles and similar newsmagazine style items). When I have the choice I prefer HTML for reading, PDF for citing/saving if I think I will read or use later.  HTML loads faster and allows faster skimming (Adobe can be pretty resource-hungry).

6. Would you read, or attempt to read the article on screen, or would you print it out immediately?

Read on screen.  No point in printing it unless I need to read it on the way home (or, in one recent case, am expecting an evacuation drill…) – note that I have no e-reading device at this time.

7. How standardised was the presentation, ie. do all articles in the service “look” the same?

All abstracts and HTML pages look the same (by which I mean ‘consistent within the particular library/database’) – but pdfs obviously vary as much as print publications.

8. How did the four services compare? Likes/Dislikes

I feel that I’ve talked about this earlier in reference to each feature. They’ve all got their pros and cons (even if the redeeming ‘pro’ might just be access to a particular journal..)

As the citations themselves are not necessarily what you were after, I’ve whacked them on at the end. Here they are!

From Informit

McDowall, J (2008) Music Technology: a Vehicle for Young Children’s Music Learning, Australian Journal of Music Education, 2:pp41-50

(this is the point where I realised informit provided its own citation for me to copy as soon as I load up the full text pdf)

Wander, Roger and Pierce, Robyn. Marina’s Fish Shop: A Mathematically – and Technologically-rich Lesson [online]. Australian Mathematics Teacher, The, Vol. 65, No. 2, 2009: 6-12. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au.ezproxy.lib.rmit.edu.au/documentSummary;dn=989683988936663;res=IELHSS&gt; ISSN: 0045-0685. [cited 11 Aug 10].

McVey, Stephanie. Computer Technology and the Gifted [online]. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, Vol. 17, No. 2, Dec 2008: 43-48. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au.ezproxy.lib.rmit.edu.au/documentSummary;dn=720847479623353;res=IELHSS&gt; ISSN: 1323-9686. [cited 11 Aug 10].


Houghton, John and Sheehan, Peter. Estimating the Potential Impacts of Open Access to Research Findings [online]. Economic Analysis and Policy, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2009: 127-142. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au.ezproxy.lib.rmit.edu.au/documentSummary;dn=775907909691334;res=IELBUS&gt; ISSN: 0313-5926. [cited 11 Aug 10].

Conley, John P and Wooders, Myrna. But What Have You Done for Me Lately?: Commercial Publishing, Scholarly Communication, and Open-access [online]. Economic Analysis and Policy, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2009: 71-87. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au.ezproxy.lib.rmit.edu.au/documentSummary;dn=775796111863785;res=IELHSS&gt; ISSN: 0313-5926. [cited 11 Aug 10].

Krichel, Thomas and Zimmermann, Christian. The Economics of Open Bibliographic Data Provision [online]. Economic Analysis and Policy, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2009: 143-152. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au.ezproxy.lib.rmit.edu.au/documentSummary;dn=776001074547625;res=IELHSS&gt; ISSN: 0313-5926. [cited 11 Aug 10].

Proquest/Eric –

Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works
Pitler, Howard; Hubbell, Elizabeth R.; Kuhn, Matt; Malenoski, Kim; Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; 2007-00-00;  (ED509106)

Active-Passive-Intuitive Learning Theory: A Unified Theory of Learning and Development
Sigette, Tyson; Online Submission; 2009-12-18;  (ED509492)

Does Whole-Word Multimedia Software Support Literacy Acquisition?
Karemaker, Arjette M.; Pitchford, Nicola J.; O’Malley, Claire; Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal; Jan 2010;  23(1); p. 31 (EJ872724)

Case Study: Open Access Yields Solid Growth for Hindawi
Marji McClure. Information Today. Medford: May 2008. Vol. 25, Iss. 5; pg. 1, 3 pgs
Online Publishing, Technical Representation, and the Politics of Code: The Case of CJC Online
Michael Felczak, Richard Smith, Rowland Lorimer. Canadian Journal of Communication. Toronto:
2008. Vol. 33, Iss. 2; p. 271 (19 pages)
Business models for open access journals publishing
Chen Chi Chang. Online Information Review. Bradford: 2006. Vol. 30, Iss. 6; pg. 699
Emerald –
Computer technology in the College of Agriculture classroom at Louisiana State University
Type: Research paper
Author(s): Richard P. Vlosky, Teresa A. Summers
Source: Campus-Wide Information Systems Volume: 17 Issue: 3 2000
Ubiquitous Computing: Rethinking Teaching, Learning, and Technology Integration
Type: Chapter Item
Author(s): Karen Swan, Dale Cook, Annette Kratcoski, Yi Mei Lin, Jason Schenker, Mark van ’t Hooft
Source: Advances in Educational Administration, Volume: 8, 2006
Learning style and training delivery mode preference
Type: Research paper
Author(s): Buch K, Bartley S
Source: Journal of Workplace Learning, Feb 2002 Volume: 14 Issue: 1
Consortia activity in academic libraries: Anti-competitive or in the public good?
Type: Chapter Item
Author(s): Catherine Maskell
Source: Advances in Library Administration and Organization, Volume: 28, 2009
Open access indicators and information society: the Latin American case
Type: Viewpoint
Author(s): Nancy Gómez, Atilio Bustos-Gonzalez, Julio Santillan-Aldana, Olga Arias
Source: OCLC Systems & Services Volume: 25 Issue: 2 2009
Institutional Archives for Research: Experiences and Projects in Open Access
Type: Viewpoint
Author(s): Elena Giglia
Source: Library Hi Tech News Volume: 24 Issue: 2 2007


Nicos Valanides, Charoula Angeli. Professional development for computer-enhanced learning: a case study with science teachers. Research in Science & Technological Education, Volume 26, Number 1 (2008), pp. 3-12, <http://ejournals.ebsco.com.ezproxy.lib.rmit.edu.au/direct.asp?ArticleID=42A1A75A28D9CDEF3363&gt;

Julie Meltzer, Thomas Sherman. Ten Commandments for Successful Technology Implementation and Staff Development. NASSP Bulletin, Volume 81, Number 585 (January 1997), pp. 23-32, <http://ejournals.ebsco.com.ezproxy.lib.rmit.edu.au/direct.asp?ArticleID=4777913E9743D4A8C0F4&gt;
Alison Davies, Jill Ramsay, Helen Lindfield, John Couperthwaite. A blended approach to learning: added value and lessons learnt from students’ use of computer-based materials for neurological analysis . British Journal of Educational Technology, Volume 36, Number 5 (September 2005), pp. 839-849, <http://ejournals.ebsco.com.ezproxy.lib.rmit.edu.au/direct.asp?ArticleID=4A0EBE880683CB78270C&gt;

Charles Oppenheim. Electronic scholarly publishing and open access. Journal of Information Science, Volume 34, Number 4 (August 2008), pp. 577-590, <http://ejournals.ebsco.com.ezproxy.lib.rmit.edu.au/direct.asp?ArticleID=4F36B472E3D16079805F&gt;

Sarah E. Thomas. Publishing solutions for contemporary scholars: the library as innovator and partner. Library Hi Tech, Volume 24, Number 4 (October 2006), pp. 563-573, <http://ejournals.ebsco.com.ezproxy.lib.rmit.edu.au/direct.asp?ArticleID=4E5385389BA9D927B9A4&gt;

Allan Scherlen, Matthew Robinson. Open Access to Criminal Justice Scholarship: A Matter of Social Justice. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Volume 19, Number 1 (2008), pp. 54-74, <http://ejournals.ebsco.com.ezproxy.lib.rmit.edu.au/direct.asp?ArticleID=4724A55472C61615F83A&gt;

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