Sunday, October 30, 2005

Database of Helpful Web Sites For Seniors

This is a database of helpful websites for seniors. The information contains current government resources, organization with private groups, that may be helpful for seniors.

Online Resource Database

This link brings you to the Hillsboro School District Online Resource Database. There are links that are for different subject areas. When each link is hit it will bring you to another page with different links to helpful sites.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Alpha Software

Alpha Software has designed new software which help create databases that are more user frindly. It uses Windows 95-like form in order to create a familiar system to use while searching. (Gliedman, 465) For more information on Alpha Software here is the source.
Gliedman, John. "The End of the Difficult Database." Computer Shopper 17 (1997): 464-465. Gale Group. 10 Oct. 2005.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Menus

To help make databases more user-friendly, all different databases can be brought together on one page. Adding menus to the right hand side can be helpful. An option that may be added is "which do I chose? this option may be used by user to help them identify which datbase would be the best for them. Another option would be to add a link to an online source that gives advice about the research process. (Steele, 1) For more information on this article here is the source information.
"ULS Changes make Databases More Accessible, user-riendly." University Times 12 Sept. 1996. Gale Group. 10 Oct. 2005.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

PubMed Help

PubMed is a database that contains information regarding scienific literature. This database has a wonderful help section to make your search easy and successful. It is a service of the National Library of Medicine. It is a very useful source.

Full-Text Database Help For Patents

This is a database that includes information about patents. It is available free to the public. There are many helpful links that help the patrons surf the website and find the information that they are looking for.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Directories

Some people do not find what they are looking for simply because they are looking in the wrong database. There are directories that may be used by search engines on the World Wide Web. (Williams, 226)
Williams, Martha E. "Databases, Electronic. "Encyclopedia of Communication and Information 1 (2002): 224-229. Gale Group. 5 Oct. 2005.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

History of Databases

Electronic Databases date back to the 1960's and contained predominantly information related to science, engineering, technology, and medicine. (Williams, 228) Databases have grown so that now it is almost impossible to find data on any subject. (Williams, 225) Databases are mainly accessed online through a computer. They may be accessed free of charge or a fee may be applied every time through time they are accessed.
Williams, Matha E. "Databases, Electronic." Encyclopedia of Communication and Information 1 (2002): 224-229. Gale Group. 5 Oct. 2005.

Monday, October 03, 2005

What is a Database?

This website defines what a database is.