Guidelines for Reviews
The review should be objective and succinct, providing information and
recommendations. The word count for each review should be
approximately 400 words.
The review should, as much as possible, cover a single resource, and
not a collection of resources. For example, a review could cover one
resource on a particular web site, but should not try to review the
entire site. An exception to this can be made for a set of resources
developed and maintained by a single site. Verification should be
made that the site is live and ready for public consumption.
The review should contain the following elements:
- TITLE/NAME OF THE RESOURCE
- ACCESS INFORMATION:
- Provide complete information on how to access the
resource. For the most part, the URL should suffice. Also include
information on any logins, terminal emulations, additional software,
plug-ins or other system requirements.
- List the author and his or her credentials.
- Describe the intended audience of the source. Remember these
reviews are for academic librarians; include what disciplines and
level of student would find the resource useful.
- REVIEW OF THE RESOURCE:
- Describe the purpose or scope of the site.
Identify its strengths and weaknesses. Again, the review is intended
for an academic audience and it should address the usefulness of the
resource in that setting. Additional areas of discussion for the
review could be an assessment of the site's contribution to the field
or a comparison with similar sites.
- The reviewer should attempt to determine the currency of the
site. Try to determine the age of the resource -- is it a new site or
a well-established one? Also note if there are future plans for
maintenance and development.
- The review should NOT be a discussion of how to use the
resource. However, if there are any idiosyncrasies that bear
mentioning, please do so. (For example, if the resource is searchable
but the interface is difficult.) Also determine if there is any
documentation or help available for using the resource.
Please include the following information with your review:
Date of review:
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