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Shopping with Caution: Community College Reviews of Electronic Resources

By Kathleen Pickens

Regardless of your role(s) at your library, you’ve likely been the recipient of vendor emails that ask you to trial (& buy!) their product. With limited budgets and a plethora of program accreditations to consider, how do you know what your community REALLY needs? And, whether it’s worth the quoted price?

Great news! The Community College Library Consortium has a collection of reviews available on their website at http://www.cclibraries.org/reviews/. In just the past year, the CCL-EAR committee created comprehensive reviews of ProQuest SIPX, a Discovery Tools Comparison, JSTOR, CountryWatch, Lexis-Nexis Academic, & Mango Languages! Check them out!

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