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I've received a number of personal messages asking for more
information about online databases used for searching media titles
(and reviews), so I thought I would send this out to the list.
 
Jonathan B/CUNY: As far as I can tell, you CANNOT access Expanded
Academic Index via the internet.  According to the "Gale Directory of
Databases, Volume 1: Online Databases," this index, developed by
Information Access Company (800-227-8431), is available via:
 
    BRS Information Technologies
    BRS/After Dark
    BRS/Colleague
    Dialog Information Services
    Knowledge Index
    Data-Star
 
    It's also available on CD-ROM and Magnetic Tape
 
Generally, academic libraries will have Dialog and/or BRS available
for searching however, due to the expense, they will require that a
reference librarian do the search for you.  Here at the University of
Vermont, we have paid for passwords and access Expanded Academic
through Middlebury College.  You might want to check with your
library reference staff to see if they know of a route to use.
 
P.J. O'Connell: If I understood your question: are there any files or
print sources on frequently-asked-questions about online databases?
 
Not exactly, but there are print sources of searching strategies:
 
Armstrong, C.J., & Large, J.A. (1988). "Manual of online search
strategies".  Boston, MA: G.K. Hall.
 
Epler, D. (1989).  "Online searching goes to school". Phoenix, AZ:
Oryx Press.
 
For those interested in more information on the databases listed:
 
    BRS Information Technologies    800-289-4277
    Carl/Uncover                    303-861-5319
    Dialog Information Services     800-334-2564
    Knowledge Index                 303-861-5319
    LEXIS/NEXIS                     800-227-4908
    OCLC                            800-848-5878
 
Go well and happy viewing...Martha Day
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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