Humanities Database and Evaluation of Website
HumanitiesDatabase and Evaluation of Website
Bibliographicdatabases describe resources that allow access to books published bydifferent authors. Most of the databases used in providinginformation about particular publication focus on the abstracting andindexing (A and I) functions. These essential properties describedatabases that facilitate in the provision of ways in which articlesmay be identified and supplied from periodical publications.Nevertheless, their limitations include the provision of informationregarding the contents of journals and may also include chapters to abook (Bell, 2015). Contrastingly, bibliographic databases, such asthose described in the book, Librarian’s Guide to Online Searching,focus on the provision of information regarding the contents of aparticular library or a collection of books. The version of MLAdescribed by the author employs OPAC tools that allow users to searchthe resources needed in other libraries nearby in instances where theitems required are not available in their local search engines. Theachievement of such tasks occurs through the development of a WorldCat link through URL syntax that creates coordination between theitem records in their online catalogs and the matching information onother sites. On the other hand, the version of MLA available from theUniversity of North Texas focuses on providing information regardingthe resources available within their library (Bell, 2015).
Theadvantages of these databases include the fact that they providepertinent information regarding the contents of various sources.However, the database describes by Suzanne Bell allows furtheridentification and supply of articles as well as books contained in aparticular library and access to other libraries nearby. Thesefeatures enable users to access a broad range of resources thatprovide a variety of options embedded within the books. The MLAversion at the UNT limits users to writing about topics such asliterature, arts, humanities and some sciences. It hinders them froman in-depth analysis of other subjects and is only available tolimited users (Bell, 2015).
Accordingto Bell (2015), based on the MLA subject list (Thesaurus), if theauthor of a book or any other publication does not have an Englishname the indexers will propose a different spelling for their name.However, when users look up the name under the right spelling, theywill find it but lack referencing to guide them to the correct one.The identification of a search that allows the user to view similarentries in the Thesaurus enables them to see a listing for theirpreferred item. It allows them to select the item through the relatedterms button. For instance, the author Huckleberry Finn, the MLASubject List allows the users to search items based on the author,title of the publication, or the subject they desire. These areasbring about an incorporation of other sectors the author may haveparticipated or different writers who may have published books on thesame topic. However, to distinguish which book, the user follows newguides that facilitate in narrowing down the search to a particularauthor (Bell, 2015). The results indicated are sourced from differentdatabases, and it is up to the user to specify the database to use.These databases portray the author’s correct name as well as theirpseudonym with the aim of providing relevant information to the user.Similarly, other local OPAC databases such as EBSCO Host portray theauthor’s name as well as the pseudonym with the aim of directingthe user towards selecting resources that may provide the requiredinformation.
Additionally,for authors such as Lope Felix de Vega Carpio, the MLA subject listindexes suggests a different spelling for their name. However, whenusers look up the name under the right spelling, they will find itbut lack referencing to guide them to the correct one. For instance,in Lope Felix’s case, the indexers use a name close to the correctspelling to suggest various options. However, the identification of asearch that allows the user to view similar entries in the Thesaurusenables them to see a listing for their preferred item. It thenallows them to select the item through the related terms button(Bell, 2015).
Someof the archival sources that may be used by contemporary historiansin providing a Mexican perspective part of the research includesearch engines such as Google that provide a variety of globallanguages. It would involve specification of the language where theuser highlights the style at the search options and convert it basedon the items they require. For instance, if the topic entails theMexican war, these search engines would allow the user to focus onareas providing the necessary information (Bell, 2015).
Thepossible journal sources likely to qualify for a scholarly articleregarding General George S. Patton include Journal of the West,American Heritage, and World War II. Military History and JournalismHistory.
Accordingto the EBSCO Host database, the information provided entails avariety of sources that describe the topic regarding the way womenwere portrayed in the publication about Gustave Flaubert. Ithighlights sources based on their year of publication, the author aswell as similar databases where the information may be accessed. Mostimportantly, research regarding how to become a Shaman indicateslimited information regarding the differences and clear ways on theway to achieve such objectives (Bell, 2015). Besides, when writing anessay regarding the Gaelic language, some of the peer reviewedjournal articles that provide information on the topic include:“Public views of minority languages as communication or symbol: thecase of Gaelic in Scotland” and “Is it really for talking? Theimplications of associating a minority language with the school.”These articles were published in the past two years and addressissues regarding the Gaelic language.
Theother author involved in the publication, Re-imagining Healing afterTrauma, entails Leslie Marmon Silko. The critique to the book iswritten by Sophie Croisy who analyzes their work by focusing twohistorical incidents that promoted trauma among individuals and theculture at large.
Informationrequest on a health related topic (Depression)
Thearticle, Copingwith Depression,addresses ways through which people may adopt appropriate approachesto live and accept the situation as well as the condition. It alsoproposes ways in which people may eradicate instances of depressionamong their friends and family members. However, it also accentuatesthe fact that people may learn to accept the condition and strategieson essential measures necessary for coping with the disorder. Thesite offers high points on ways in which people may adopt in buildinga better life regardless of the condition. Additionally, theinformation provided portrays quality standards sourced fromdifferent healthcare sites. Access to the article may be obtainedfrom:https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/dealing-with-depression.htm
Bell, S. S.(2015). Librarian`sguide to online searching: Cultivating database skills for researchand instruction (4th Ed.).
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