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New Database Trials: Let Us Know What You Think

We currently have trial access to a number of new bibliographic databases. We would like to know your thoughts on these products. Is the interface easy to use? How useful are the features of this database? Is the subject coverage adequate? Do you know of another product that would be more useful?

The database trials are located in 2 places. First, there are a numberof trials located on the Ebsco interface. To access them, go to the Database Finder and click on the word "Ebsco." On the Ebsco interface, click on the tab at the top that says "Choose Databases." The trial products are located at the bottom of this list. Some of the titles we are testing include:

  • Abstracts in Social Gerontology :
    This database covers topics such as: psychology of aging, elder abuse, society and the elderly.
  • Environment Complete :
    This database covers topics such as: energy, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, and urban planning.
  • Gallery Watch CRS Reports :
    This database includes the full text of Congressional Research Service Reports since 1993. These reports are initially generated for Members of Congress and include nonpartisan, objective analysis and research on all legislative issues.

You can access the other trial databases from a link right on the main UA Libraries page (http://library.albany.edu), just click on the phrase "Database Trials." On this page you will find a link to Early American Newspapers, a full text collection of historical newspapers from all 50 states; as well as a number of Slavic and Russian Studies databases.

Your feedback will help us decide which subscriptions, if any, to purchase.. Most of the trials run through mid-December. Please give a "test drive" to any of these databases and leave a comment below, or e-mail us.