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New Databases for Information Studies Students

University Libraries have recently added two new databases of interest to Information Studies Students available through EBSCO Host: Education Research Complete and Book Index with Reviews.

Education Research Complete is a large education database that covers all levels of education from early childhood through higher education. Although Education Research Complete is primarily an education database, it also includes a number of Library and Information Science journals. Deborah Bernnard, bibliographer for Information Studies, thinks that this database will be very useful to Information Studies students. She says that “it will help students obtain citations to recently published resources. It also includes publications from many trade associations; which can help to add to the practitioner’s viewpoint to student research.��? With indexing and abstracting of 1500 education journals and full-text coverage of 750 journals, Education Research Complete is the largest full-text education database available.

The library also has a one-year free trial of Book Index with Reviews, whose goal is to help users “find information on the books you want and need to read.��? The database contains information on a very wide range of books (3.8 million total), including both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. Juvenile books range from pre-school to high-school level and adult book coverage extends from popular literature to the academic research level. Book Index with Reviews also has over 800,000 book reviews from sources including Library Journal, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Choice. Deborah Bernnard thinks that it is an especially good resource for finding book reviews of popular titles.

You can access these databases through the Database Finder at http://library.albany.edu/databases/search.asp.