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Comparison of MLA International Bibliography Distributors



Features Gale LRC with MLAIB Gale MLAIB EBSCO ProQuest: Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collection ProQuest: Literature Online CSA
MLA Directory of Periodicals Separate search page Separate search page; see Other Features below Separate search page; browseable index Separate search page; browseable index Separate search page; browseable index Separate database
MLA Thesaurus Terms; names Terms; names Terms; names Terms; names Terms; names Terms; names
Expert Searching No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Field-Specific Indexing Yes, 18 fields, including limiters Yes, 34 fields, including limiters Yes Yes Yes Yes
Browseable Indexes Yes, 5 Yes, 10 Terms thesaurus; names thesaurus; document authors Yes, for all searchable fields Yes, for all searchable fields Yes
Save Searches Bookmark feature with persistent URLs Bookmark feature with persistent URLs Save results per session only; save search command as URL Yes Yes, save search expressions using log-in and password Yes
Full-Text Links Yes Yes Yes Via outbound OpenURL Yes Yes
Database-Specific Help Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Language of Interface English, Arabic, Chinese (simplified), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish English, Arabic, Chinese (simplified), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Greek, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified) English English English, Spanish, French, Korean, Japanese, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified)
E-mail Feature Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export Feature Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes RefWorks; QuikBib
Accents & Diacritics (Latin1) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Link to Library Holdings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Limit Results to Peer-Reviewed Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Limit Results to Full-Text No No Yes No Yes No
Print and Download Options Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Other Features Cross-searchable with other Gale products in Literature Resources at Gale; easy link out to Gale MLAIB stand-alone; option to narrow by subject, author, publication, or document type on results list; search within results; multiple sort options; linked thesaurus terms displayed on full-citation page; search within cited publication Search and browse terms and names thesaurus; option to narrow by subject, author, publication, or document type on results list; search within results; multiple sort options; linked thesaurus terms displayed on full-citation page; search within cited publication; link to Directory of Periodicals entry; hyperlinked author names; OpenURL- and Z39.50-compliant; links library holdings, WorldCat, JSTOR (subscription-sensitive), and Project MUSE; ILL links available; Directory of Periodicals has 12 field-specific indexes (6 browseable) and 10 limiters; search within periodical from Directory of Periodicals results; Link to Gale Lit Index Browseable names thesaurus; browseable terms thesaurus; document authors; save results in personalized session; OpenURL- and Z39.50-compliant; subscription-sensitive links to JSTOR and Project MUSE; local holdings and ability to limit; request ILL; cross-database search Every search field has direct links to scope notes, tips, and browseable index; browseable thesaurus; OpenURL bookmarking; compliant with inbound and outbound OpenURL linking and Z39.50 Cross-database search with Literature Online's primary and secondary materials, including ABELL; every search field has direct links to scope notes, tips, and browseable index; subscription-sensitive links to JSTOR; browseable thesaurus; OpenURL bookmarking; compliant with inbound and outbound OpenURL linking and Z39.50 Recent references; Web resources; dynamic deduplication of records in cross-database searches with option to show/hide duplicates
Expert searching: The user can type a complex search statement into a single search box, possibly in Boolean logic, without using pull-down menus, check boxes, etc. This generally requires knowledge of the search syntax, which differs for each distributor. For example, "ti novel AND la spanish" or "ud 200205 or ud 200204."
Saving a search: The user can save a search statement, such as "ti novel AND la spanish," usually by associating it with an e-mail address, so the user can run the search again another day.
Database-specific help: Help files that provide information specific to the MLA Bibliography database, such as the meanings of field tags and subfield tags or examples from the database.
E-mail feature: The user can send the search results in an e-mail message directly from the site (without access to a separate e-mail account).
Export feature: Results can be converted and saved in a format used by a particular software program, such as bibliographic citation management software.
Print and download options: For example, "Full citation," "Brief citation" (selected fields only).

 

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