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“Click-Throughs”…Going the Extra Mile (or click) to Get an Article

(Academic Libraries, Libraries and Technology, Digital Libraries, Electronic Resources, Information Discovery and Retieval) Permanent link

by Kent Millwood

A “Click-Through” is invisible to the average database user, but incredibly useful. A “Click-Through” is where a user finds a citation to an article in one database and “clicks through” to the full text article located either in another database or on the publisher’s website.

 

That’s a little like reaching into your freezer and pulling out a steak – from someone else’s freezer.

 

If both databases are provided by the same vendor, then the click-through is transparent. You won’t even know you’ve left the database in which you conducted the search.

 

If the article is in the database of another vendor, or on the publisher’s website, then the transaction may require one or more additional clicks, each one requiring a decision on the user’s part. It may also involve logging into the university’s proxy server.

 

Not all click-throughs lead to a database. Many of the library’s current periodical subscriptions come with free access to back issues via the publisher’s website. In some cases back issues are limited to five, ten or 15 years. In other cases, they go all the way back to volume one. This is an important fact that must be taken into consideration when evaluating current periodical subscriptions. Even if students are not using the current periodical, the subscription may be worthwhile if they are using the free back issues made available through the click-through process.

 

Click-throughs sometimes take the user to databases they might not otherwise use. For instance, about one fourth of the circulations in the New York Times Database are the result of click-throughs from other databases.

 

Ever since the creation of online information, the holy grail of libraries has been a single Google-like” search engine that can find all of the library’s resources. Much progress has happened this year with the introduction of EhIS (EBSCOhost Integrated Search), which currently searches 28 databases and soon will search twenty more. But that’s not all! It will also be adding - the Library Catalog!

 

In the meantime, the new Library Catalog has expanded its purview to include not only the library’s books, ebooks, and media, but also all EBSCO databases, Britannica Online, and current online newsfeeds, such as Google News and Greenville Online.

 

So now our databases search our library catalog and our library catalog searches our databases!

 

Everything is getting bigger and better!

 

 

Educause and the Horizon Reports

(Information Technology, Educational Technology, Innovation, E-Learning, Electronic Resources, Information Discovery and Retieval, Instructional Design and Teaching, Digital Content, Digital Classrooms, General) Permanent link

 

- Read EDUCAUSE Review Magazine, view a cutting edge video lecture, or find a brief on a specific topic of interest at Educause.

 

Educause - Anderson University is a member of Educause, "a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology." Educause monitors and evaluates the effect of new technologies on higher education and even attempts to predict the future. It places supportive information online - evaluations, articles, video lectures, blogs, etc. - to help faculty, librarians, administrators, etc., embrace information technology.

 

Note that while Anderson University is a member of Educause, almost all of the information produced there is freely available online. Here are some important links. About    Resources     Professional Development 

 

One of the most important of Educause’s publications is the annual Horizon Report which highlights five to six technologies each year that are predicted to have significant impact on higher education in the next one to five years.  Topics covered in the 2010 issue included: Mobile Computing, Open Content, Electronic Books, Simple Augmented Reality, Gesture-based Computing, and Visual Data Analysis. You can check out the 2009 and 2010 issue at the library or find the following online:2010     2009     2008     2007     2006     2005

 

Of further interest is their Learning Technology Briefs, a series of over 60 diverse titles called “7 Things You Should Know About…”

Topics include those covered in the Horizon Reports, and many more including:

  • 7 Things You Should Know About Google Wave (Oct 2009)
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Collaborative Annotation (Oct 2009)
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Telepresence (Sep 2009)
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Data Visualization II (Aug 2009)
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Microblogging (Jul 2009)
  • 7 Things You Should Know About VoiceThread (Jun 2009)
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Personal Learning Environments (May 2009)
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Live Question Tool (Apr 2009)

Educause is both a great way to keep up with educational technology AND a great resource to find out more about a particular topic. The sheer volume of reflective content is astounding.