DB Trials 2010: Facts on File

These trials expired April 30, 2010.

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1. Describe the database product(s). If you want us to link to more than one product, provide a unique description for each product. If there are special hardware or software requirements, please make sure you include them in the description.

Facts On File's award-winning News Services and reference databases are unrivaled for their depth, breadth, and accuracy. Their intuitive design and colorful presentation, combined with timely, proprietary content and wealth of special features, make our databases a favorite of educators, students, and librarians everywhere. Covering subjects such as history, science, literature, geography, health, issues and controversies, and current and archival news, our databases are known for their unprecedented depth of coverage. Our online content is indexed by subject experts and updated regularly to ensure accuracy and currency.  


Database Descriptions:

American History Online is a comprehensive and authoritative reference to the most important individuals, events, and topics in U.S. history. Spanning more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, this invaluable reference source is organized by content type, topic, era, and activity. Unique Learning Centers pull forward hand-picked entries within each major era, serving as ideal starting points for research. Thousands of fully hyper-linked entries allow users to follow a topic to related subject entries, biographies, primary source documents, videos, images, maps, and charts.

Issues & Controversies in American History makes U.S. history come alive by presenting contentious turning points of the past in all the ways they were viewed in their time. It leads students on in-depth explorations of the great issues in American History—from religious freedom in the colonies, Civil War Reconstruction, women's suffrage through the 2000 presidential election to the war in Iraq. This searchable and interlinked online subscription database delivers concise and balanced articles on the background, outcomes, and contemporary points of view for the major topics in the American History curriculum. Those articles are supplemented by a specially assembled collection of primary source documents, biographies, timelines, images, statistical charts, encyclopedia survey articles, and an education Resource Center that incorporates the content directly into the learning and teaching process.

U.S. Government Online is a new reference site designed to facilitate the study of the structure, function, and history of the U.S. government. Focused and thorough in its coverage, this informative resource provides students and researchers alike with the tools they need to understand how the U.S. government works, who the key players are, and what its role is in the everyday lives of citizens.

World News Digest is the complete archive of this publication of record back to October 1940. It includes a live Reuters® newsfeed, updated hourly; every week the latest World News Digest is linked to related content from the other Facts On File News Services databases. "Top Stories" timelines deliver, decade by decade, headlines linked to original coverage of top news stories from 1940 on. "Ahead In Time" and "Back In Time" links trace the thread of one story as it develops from week to week. Online-only features, such as Country Profiles, Key People, Key Events, and Key Issues — plus maps, charts, photos, primary documents, editorial cartoons, and a selection of newspaper editorials — round out and link to the information in the World News Digest, and place events in historical perspective. The educational Resource Center is packed with tips on using the database for learning and teaching.  Library Journal has ranked Facts On File World News Digest among its top dozen reference "sources for the millennium." Since 1940, it has been the standard library resource for information on national and world events.

Modern World History Online covers the full scope of world history from the mid-15th century to the present. This comprehensive online resource contains thousands of fully hyperlinked subject entries, biographies, images, maps and charts, primary source documents, videos, and timeline entries that combine to provide a detailed and comparative view of the people, places, events, and ideas that have defined modern world history.

Ancient and Medieval History Online provides thorough coverage of eight civilizations—ancient Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, ancient and medieval Africa, medieval Europe, the Americas, and ancient and medieval Asia. Users can research each civilization in depth or use the browse feature to conduct comparative studies of events and developments across civilizations. This expansive database offers an unprecedented amount of information about these civilizations and their places in history, with content drawn from Facts On File’s acclaimed print references.

American Indian History Online is an authoritative reference database that provides in-depth coverage of more than 5,000 years of culture, legends, and leaders. More than 500 Native American groups are covered in fully hyper-linked and easy-to-access entries, including entries on topics, events, and tribes, primary source documents, legends, biographies, maps and charts, images, and timelines. The database also features tribe and culture area indexes. Unique Learning Centers pull forward hand-picked entries within each major era and North American culture area, serving as ideal starting points for research.

American Women’s History Online contains biographies, historical and topical subject entries, speeches and other documents, maps and charts, videos, photographs, and timeline entries that cover more than 500 years of American women’s history. Covered topics include civil rights activism, gender discrimination and harassment, education, family, marriage, health, medicine, performing arts, politics, sports, voting rights, and more. Unique Learning Centers pull forward hand-picked entries within each major era, serving as ideal starting points for research. Other key features include tabbed search results that garner highly relevant results, and useful quotations linked to select biographies that provide users with direct access to the words and thoughts of American women throughout history.

African-American History Online explores more than 500 years of the African-American experience. The informative, extensively hyperlinked entries in this comprehensive database include primary source documents, images, videos, maps, charts, general and topic-specific timelines, and more. Unique Learning Centers pull forward hand-picked entries within each major era, serving as ideal starting points for research. Culled from many of Facts On File’s critically acclaimed print titles, this unique, comprehensive reference explores all aspects of the African-American experience.

Issues & Controversies analyzes and explains hundreds of controversial topics, in a language and format that students can understand. Probing the kinds of sizzling public policy issues on which opinions are more plentiful than objective coverage and accurate information, Issues & Controversies offers balance, clarity, and an overview of pros and cons that are key to building critical thinking skills. The annual National High School Debate Topic is given feature coverage. Online features include a complete back file to 1995, weekly updating, interviews with experts, statistical overviews, maps, charts, photos, newspaper editorials, cartoons, primary documents, a full education Resource Center, and extensive linking to related information in the other Facts On File News Services databases. In September 2007, School Library Journal  said Issues & Controversies "is an ideal speech and debate database… Through the inclusion of newspaper editorials, editorial cartoons, and contact information this database provides unique content… There's no doubt that this database deserves an A."

2. Is remote access included in the subscription price? If there are additional charges or requirements in order to offer remote access, please describe them. What methods of remote access are supported? If applicable, please discuss any methods or assistance you offer regarding remote access patron verification and authentication.

Free, unlimited remote access. No additional charges or requirements. Supports username/password, referring URL, proxy server, and library barcode authentication.

Online Technical Support: support@factsonfile.com 1-800-322-8755 ext. 4230
Libraries may contact customer support, at the above toll-free number, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., EST. Facts On File account managers and technical staff also provide technical support via email.

3. What customer training is provided, and at what cost? Please include "freebies" such as Web-based tutorials, end-user documentation tents, cheat-sheets, etc.

Facts On File will offer up to 12 hour long, on-site training sessions. The duration of these sessions will depend on the number of products. A series of online meetings will also be provided.  Facts On File offers customized tent cards, posters, bookmarks, online tutorials and fact-sheets.

4. What customer and technical support is provided, including hours of operation? In your reply, please include contact names (if applicable) or name of department, the phone numbers and e-mail addresses for your support services. If you have toll-free access to these support centers, please make sure they are available here.

Online Technical Support: support@factsonfile.com 1-800-322-8755 ext. 4230
Libraries may contact customer support, at the above toll-free number, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., EST. Facts On File account managers and technical staff also provide technical support via email.

5. Please describe the statistics you provide, and discuss whether your statistical reporting complies in part or in whole with the guidelines developed by the International Coalition of Library Consortia found at http://www.library.yale.edu/consortia/webstats06.htm or the COUNTER Code of Practice found at http://www.projectcounter.org/code_practice.html.

We provide the following information to our subscribers:

  1. Logons
  2. Searches
  3. Hits

Logons, or sessions, represent how many times a database has been accessed.

Searches represent:

  1. Keyword Searches (conducted through our basic search or advanced search tab)
  2. Related Link Searches (conducted by clicking on a related link or related search that pulls you to a search results page)
  3. Browseable Searches (conducted by narrowing subjects by browsing through the database). A browseable search is recorded when you bring up a results list, the equivalent of the content that would be returned if you conducted a keyword search).

Our reference database statistics comply in whole with ICOLC guidelines for usage statistics. Our reference database statistics comply with Counter Database 2 Requirements


7. Please provide the name and contact information (toll-free telephone number, e-mail address, hours, etc.) for libraries to make further inquires. (Sales representatives for our area are preferred.)

Bob Bridges
800-322-8755 ext.4379

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