The use of electronic databases as research and curriculum learning tools by K-12 school classrooms continues to grow. In response to this trend, commercial vendors are increasingly releasing enhanced online versions of their print products and creating original online resources that offer features not available in the print publication. In this article, Part 4 of my series of reviews, I continue my conversations with representatives of major vendors about how they are addressing the growing K-12 classroom reliance on electronic resources, the products they currently offer, and what new resources they plan to release in the near future. This article describes updates on enhancements and new products that have been released in the last year by seven of the vendors reviewed in parts 1 and 2 of the series: Greenwood Electronic Media, netTrekker, NewsBank, ProQuest Information and Learning, Thomson Gale, H.W. Wilson, and World Book. Each vendor offers free trials for their online products if more information is desired after reading the reviews.
Here are citations for my original "Database News" articles which ran in previous issues of MultiMedia & Internet@Schools: "Database News: What's There, and What's Coming Up, in the World of K-12 Content, Part 1" (March/April 2005 12(2):23-27); "Database News: What's There, and What's Coming Up, in the World of K-12 Content, Part 2" (July/August 2005 12(4):16-21); "Database News: What's There, and What's Coming Up, in the World of K-12 Content, Part 3" (September/October 2006 13(5):18-22).
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