PDF--Most Frequently Used Databases: A Comparison of Database Platform Features
Inconsistencies in Database PlatformsDatabase Language for Location of Bookmarking/Article Sharing Persistent URL/Link NotesName Exporting Exporting Language/Options Citation Data to Options Third PartyGale Opposing Citation Tools Far upper right “Share This”—325 choices via “AddThis” Called a “bookmark” and in Fewer choices for format style than GVRLViewpoints side of screen that allows students to post or bookmark toolbox only content to services like Evernote, Tumblr, Diigo, etc.Gale None None None Called an “infomark” and placedDiscovering in upper left hand corner ofCollection screenGale Virtual Citation Tools Far upper right No sharing options Called a “bookmark”; in toolboxReference side of screen and in upper left hand corner ofLibrary screenGale Global Citation Tools Far upper right Limited number of choices via Called a “bookmark” and in theIssues in side of the “AddThis”—only 14 choices, and note that toolbox onlyContext screen some of them are a bit outdated in terms of popularity or use. Note “Furl” shut down in 2009 and now redirects to DiigoEBSCOhost Export (On main menu “Bookmark” via AddThis—hundreds of “Permalink”---this link is easy to Integrated menu on far right works withinAcademic on far right side choices locate from the menu on the far existing window (no pop-up windows)and isSearch of screen) right and pops up easily within easy to use and navigateComplete the page for easy copying and pasting of the URL.EBSCOhost None available Not available None available At the bottom of the screen; notStudent easy for students to findResearchCenterSIRS Issues None available Not available The “AddThis” menu is at the top of the A persistent URL is not readily Only the MLA style citation is offeredResearcher screen; hundreds of options available available Compiled by Buffy J. Hamilton, August 2011 Page 1
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