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Exploring Online Electronic Information Choices By: Spring Lea Boehler Emporia State University Class of Colorado V Feeling too much of this? E=mc2 “Four score and seven years ago…” www.overload.com Pork bellies up 1% DNA cloning. Revised Colorado Statutes.

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exploring online electronic information choices

Exploring Online Electronic Information Choices

By:

Spring Lea Boehler

Emporia State University

Class of Colorado V

feeling too much of this
Feeling too much of this?
  • E=mc2
  • “Four score and seven years ago…”
  • www.overload.com
  • Pork bellies up 1%
  • DNA cloning.
  • Revised Colorado Statutes.
dialog com offers
Dialog.com offers...
  • Great breadth of subjects
  • Exact searches once you know the language
  • More than one source on the same subject
dialog com has some limitations
Dialog.com has some limitations:
  • Time to learn search language
  • Time to sort through all the databases and all the articles in each database
  • Cost of access is very high
  • Some ambiguity about what content you might be getting (i.e. full text vs. abstract)
users most likely to benefit from dialog com are
Users most likely to benefit from Dialog. Com are:
  • Information brokers
  • Corporate librarians
  • Some law librarians
  • Academic librarians
  • A few public librarians
  • Special librarians
what users might be better served with other online information sources
What users might be better served with other online information sources?
  • School librarians
  • Public librarians
  • Law librarians
  • Medical librarians
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The following sites were visited and evaluated based on how well they met the criteria for each of the four library types:
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Uncover
  • CNN Interactive
  • NewsLibrary
  • Midnight at the Internet Café
  • Pub Med
  • Food and Drug Administration Home Page
  • Center for Disease Control Home Page
  • American Medical Association Home Page
  • Colorado Revised Statutes Online
  • Legal Resource Section at ACLIN/Marmot
school libraries see a lot of the following needs from students
School libraries see a lot of the following needs from students:
  • Science questions, especially on types of experiments for Science Fair
  • History questions, especially around the time of History Fair
  • Current biographies on famous personalities like Oprah or Kate Winslet.
  • Current “hot” topics such as abortion, anorexia nervosa, or euthanasia.
and the winner is
And the winner is...
  • Uncover!
  • Free searching and abstracts.
  • Document delivery costs money.
  • Available through ACLIN.
  • Http://www.aclin.org
public libraries see the following needs for their patrons
Public libraries see the following needs for their patrons:
  • Information about current hot topics in world and local news
  • A wide range of reference materials
  • Genealogy documents
  • Local and state laws
  • The ability to get materials they do not have in house
and the winner is17
And the winner is...
  • Midnight at the Internet Café
  • Available through ACLIN or as printed booklets
  • Http://www.aclin.org/other/community/maic/midnight.htm
  • Completely free!
law libraries need
Law libraries need...
  • Information about current bills being debated
  • Information about recent court decisions
  • Easy access to local and state laws
  • Information about older court cases
and the winner is21
And the winner is...
  • Government sources in Marmot
  • Available through ACLIN/Marmot
  • Completely free!
  • Some ILL may be necessary
medical libraries need
Medical libraries need:
  • Information about current drugs and procedures
  • Information about current laws that affect the medical field
  • Information about current research developments
  • Information about diseases
and the winner is25
And the winner is...
  • The FDA page!
  • Free access
  • Easy to navigate
  • Very current information
  • Http://www.fda.gov
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For full text reviews of each of the sites, visit the Colorado V Home Page atHttp://www.literata.com/co5/