Week 4

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

 Below are the 3 articles that I found for the first question “The use of computers in the classroom to enhance learning”,

  • “Cyberspace learning for kids” by Jean Hough and Dave Ellis. Published in 1997 found from the Emerald database.
  •  “Beyond Computers In The Classroom: Factors Related To Technology Adoption To Enhance Teaching And Learning” by Janet A Buckenmeyer. Published in April 2010 and the search database used was Proquest.
  • “Advances in Education and Administration” published in 2006 by Karen Swan, Dale Cook, Annette Kratcoski, Yi Mei Lin, Jason Schenker and  Mark van ’t Hooft, Database used was Informit.

 Below are the 3 articles that I found for the second question “Open Access model for academic journal publishers”

  • “Open access jeopardises academic publishers” by Reed chief published in 2004. Proquest database was used to find this article.
  • “The flavors of open access” by Sha Li Zhang, published in 2007. Used Proquest as the search database.
  • “Open access gains momentum” by Howard Falk, published in 2004. Used Informit as the search database.

 2. Navigation

The simplest to navigate was the Emerald database but it did not offer Full text search.

Search type used on all the 4 services for the first question was simple.

For the second question I used complex search on all 4 services. But when I searched as complex, I did not get much relevant material.

 3. Was the bibliographic data useful?

It was useful on all services as it stated key details.

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

Yes, I had to read the abstract to ensure that full text data is relevant to what I am searching.

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

 On all 4 services data was presented in both HTML and pdf format. I preferred to use the pdf format as it’s easier to read and format is structured in most cases.

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

I am now in a habit of reading off the screen rather than printing documents. Most of the data presented on the Internet is sometimes presented in a raw format and hence it’s not worth printing. It’s always easier to screen the documents that are required and I only print when it is necessary.

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

Yeah pretty much

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

The easiest search database was Emerald. I found a lot of articles that were relevant only on Emerald and Proquest. EBSCOhost and Informit did seem to bring a lot of searches but the articles that were relevant were already presented to me by Proquest and Emerald.

I also found searching in EBSCOhost a bit hard and not very user friendly.


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