Today’s the last day of class for Fall 2011. Except for Export Odyssey students finishing up their final written report, I’m down to answering citation questions for the most part. (One management instructor this semester requires MLA style — yikes.) So I continue to get caught up on professional reading while also making a list of winter break projects.
Like most business librarians, I’m always interested in reading reviews of databases. But some types of reviews are better than others. Beyond a thorough examination of the content, search capabilities, and download/export options, what makes a really useful review?
- Comparing the database to competing products;
- Discussing how expensive a database is, even if stated in generalities like “surprisingly affordable” or “only for the best-funded libraries”.
One recent review article covers all of that:
Giglierano. J. (2011). Comparative review of IBISWorld Global Industry Reports, Euromonitor Market Research Monitor, and Mintel Global Market Navigator. Charleston Advisor, 13(2), 10-15.
Another recent one provides a comparison even if pricing isn’t covered:
Esler, A., Felver, R., & Sluzenski, K. (2011). Entrepreneurial Resources. Online, 35(6), 32-36.
This article compares ProQuest Entrepreneurship and EBSCOhost’s Entrepreneurial Studies Source.