Saturday, April 4, 2009

Gale Reference Databases

Databases have so much information it can be overwhelming. I did a project for a SLMC, adapting databases from the NYPL portal into a list that would be compatible for a high school. One of the databases (of course) was Gale Reference Library- whew- it was huge. The amount of information available on it was unmanageable. I went through each database and commented on the ones that were on the level of high school. I did searches on each one and examined the results. Accessing the databases was not difficult and pretty intuitive, if you know what you were looking for. It is hard to see how they would promote this to high school studentws as it involves a few steps to access it-I think teenagers would just want to Google something instead (I think this is called the laziness factor!)Howevere, the results were much more put together and gave you a lot more informatin available in 1 place - instead of searching a whole bunch of sites and the results were vetting for accuracy. But the amount of information is still overwhelming!

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