Evaluation of the:<br /> GreenR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) Database <br /><ul><li>What is GreenR?Environmental issues are shaping the future around the world…Researchers, students, professionals and others interested in environmental topics, will certainly value the GREENR database which is an authoritative, intuitive resource that combines news, unique commentary, audio, video, primary source documents, case study statistics and more into a Web-like experience designed to attract attention and foster participation.ChecklistDoes the supplier offer a trial period? YesDo we have access to everything during the trial period? NoPercentage of full-text? HighHow often is the database updated? DailyIs the interface easy to use? YesIs it easy to search? YesDoes it allow quick search? YesDoes it allow advanced search? YesDoes the database allow staff to view usage statistics? YesIs the search result printable? YesCould it be sent via email? YesCould it be saved? YesHow can GreenR help students?Student resources covering science, history and politics, along with portals to organizations like Greenpeace and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.Browse Issues and Topics: Hundreds of selections are logically categorized to facilitate search success.Featured Video: New videos posted weekly.
Customizable World News: Students can choose sources most relevant to them.
A balanced assortment of multimedia that delivers:
The content that empowers students (Hundreds of English-language international newspapers, magazines and refereed journals/ Recognized sources of videos, podcasts and images, updated daily/ Searchable case studies to support targeted research/A variety of search and browse options)
The technology that gets results (Interactive maps that facilitate browsing by country or topic/ Sharing capabilities via social networking sites/ Customizable homepage, including personalized logins that “remember” students’ preferences
The portals to greater understanding (Country portals covering more than 160 nations/ Topic/Issue portals in more than 150 categories, from animal welfare to wind energy/ Organization portals providing overviews and links to international associations)
Personal Opinion</li></ul>On a personal note, I really enjoyed my browsing experience through GreenR and I think that this database constitutes a valuable tool that could assist students in their research work and projects. The features that impressed me the most were: the Google Map technology that lets users connect environmental issues with global points of view, the ability to download an MP3 of each article or even listen to it read aloud by a native speaker which enhances the students’ proper pronunciation of scientific terms and the ability to translate the article into several languages.<br />