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Monday, November 05, 2007

Islands of free in oceans of price

Shirl Kennedy, Resources of the Week: Free Stuff From Pricey Database Vendors, ResourceShelf, November 5, 2007.  Excerpt:

Since we worship at the Church of Free here on ResourceShelf, we thought we’d take a look at some of the gratis content lurking on database vendor websites. Know of anything good that we missed? E-mail us so we can add it to our list.

We have found that if you’re exploring vendor websites on your own, you’ll often find the good free stuff in the press/media area or possibly in a special area for librarians.

Free Databases

EBSCO Publishing is proud to provide the Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) database as a free resource to anyone interested in libraries and information management. This world-class bibliographic database provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Delivered via the EBSCOhost platform, LISTA indexes nearly 600 periodicals plus books, research reports, and proceedings. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science.

+ Teacher Reference Center (TRC)

This index of over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books is now also offered free via the EBSCOhost platform. This database provides coverage on key education topics such as Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, Science & Mathematics, and more for K-12 Teachers & Librarians.

Suggested Reading

EBSCO actively researches issues that affect the professional library community. Scroll through the links below to find articles and other suggested reading materials from respected authorities.

Library Marketing Tools

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LexisNexis (Reed Elsevier)
Featured Topics

The LexisNexis® Featured Topics provide you with the latest survey findings, white papers and web site resources provided by our company. The survey findings and white papers can be downloaded for your reference....

+ Library Marketing Kit
+ Also offers free access to databases for library students

Thomson Gale
+ Market Your Library
Free resources aimed at school, public and special libraries.
+ Extensive glossary of literary terms
+ Thomson Gale Reference Reviews Archive

The Reference Reviews Archive includes the reviews of James Rettig, Peter Jacso, Blanche Woolls, David Loertscher and John Lawrence.

Thomson Healthcare
White Papers ...

Thomson Pharma
+ The Ones to Watch

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In The Ones To Watch you’ll get expert insight into the five most promising drugs:
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Thomson Scientific
SCI-BYTES: What’s New in Research

Each week, the Research Services Group of Thomson Scientific provides an update based on Essential Science Indicators and their Research Performance & Evaluation Tools. In addition, !QUICK SCIENCE! is a weekly quick look at a specific area of research science. Each link opens a pop-up window to read, and easily close when you finish reading....

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