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INASP/CSC Workshop: Accessing Information in Developing Countries - Exercise

International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications

Workshop Exercises and Activities

Accessing electronic resources

1. Overview of exercise

1.1 Objective

The objective of the exercise is to gain experience of accessing the variety of electronic resources that are available in your subject area and share experience with your colleagues.

1.2 Timing

We have 1 hour 15 minutes to work individually or in pairs on the computers, guided by this worksheet.

We will then have 45 minutes to discuss in the group which resources we found useful, strengths and weaknesses, etc.

2. Hands-on exercise

Read through the descriptions of the example fulltext journals, scholarly databases, information gateways and free resources listed below.

Choose

at least one of each type

that might be useful in your subject area.

Go to the resource web site and log in using the temporary usernames and passwords given below.

For each resource consider the following questions:

Is it easy to use?

Does it have effective help/guidance for users?

Does it contain information which is relevant to you?

What do you think of the quality of the information you found?

What problems, if any, did you encounter?

Would you recommend this resource to colleagues?

Why? Why not?

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INASP/CSC Workshop: Accessing Information in Developing Countries - Exercise

2.1 Full-text journals

2.1.1 Blackwells Synergy

Contains

: over 750 leading learned journals

Subjects

: all life sciences, medicine/health, ecology, veterinary science, accountancy and economics, cultural studies (especially Asian, African and Australian studies, international studies), development issues, social policy, law, history, management studies

Web site

: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/

Temporary username

: inaspdemo

Temporary password

: inaspdemo

2.1.2 Oxford University Press

Contains

: over 160 leading titles

Subjects

: biological sciences, medicine, public health and epidemiology, humanities, social sciences, law, economics, business, finance, mathematics, statistics, computing and physics

Web site

: http://www3.oup.co.uk/jnls/

Temporary username

: peri

Temporary password

: csctemp

2.1.3 Emerald

Contains

: over 120 (world's widest range) management and library & information science journals

Subject strengths

: management, library and information sciences, marketing, engineering, computer science

Web site

: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/

(then click on ‘Emerald Journals’ in top right hand corner)

Temporary username

: sgwynn

Temporary password

: inasp

2.1.4 Mary Anne Leibert

Contains

: 55 authoritative publications

Subjects

: biomedical research, clinical medicine, surgery, law and science

Web site

: http://www.liebertpub.com/

Temporary username

: csctemp

Temporary password

: csctemp

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INASP/CSC Workshop: Accessing Information in Developing Countries - Exercise

2.2 Scholarly databases

2.2.1 EBSCO Host

Contains

: 8 databases which contain over 16,500 journals. Over 10,400 of these are available as full text with over 4,000 being fully peer-reviewed.

Subjects

: all branches of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and humanities

Web site

: http://search.epnet.com/login.aspx?authtype=uid

Temporary username

: inasp

Temporary password

: training

2.3 Information gateways

2.3.1 Pinakes

Contains

: links to over 50 separate subject-based information gateways

Subjects

: all subject areas

Web site

: http://www.hw.ac.uk/libWWW/irn/pinakes/pinakes.html

Temporary username

: not necessary (freely available to everyone)

Temporary password

: not necessary (freely available to everyone)

2.4 Free resources listing by INASP

Contains

: examples of high-quality free resources

Subjects

: agriculture, biology, life sciences, chemistry, engineering, technology, environment, information & communication technologies, mathematics, statistics, medicine, health sciences, physics, general sciences, social sciences

Web site

: http://www.inasp.info/peri/free.html

Temporary username

: not necessary (freely available to everyone)

Temporary password

: not necessary (freely available to everyone)

3. Group discussion

Having sampled the various resources available be prepared to share your views and comments with the whole group. Also feel free to discuss any other resources you have used or found useful in the past.

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