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Friday, January 11, 2008


Like a continuing cascade of holiday gifts, the following databases provide new and improved features:

Gale Virtual Reference Library now includes accurate MLA and APA formatting (with proper indentation!) a handy "search within results" application, and the number of relevant documents displayed by type on tabs. GVRL (as it's known to its friends) contains a variety of encyclopedias and other reference works on topics like business, the environment, and health, all in e-format.

We are all familiar with the EBSCOhost interface, but have you ever experimented with the Visual Search tab? Check it out.... maybe it's the right interface for you. You might also be interested in trying the Image Quick View, a new feature that lets you preview thumbnail images of your results. In the upper right corner of the EBSCO screen, click on New Features to enable Image Quick View and then turn on image display under Preferences. (Note: I can't seem to make this work and the feature doesn't hold when selected... I'll get back to you.)

And although we have mentioned it before, the NewsBank (Access World News) database continues to provide handy special reports and more hot topics than The View. Featured this month: Early Caucuses and Primaries, Sri Lankan Civil War, and Oil Hits $100 Per Barrel.


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