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Authors : Ryan Johnson, Lynn Hattendorf Westney
Title: E-Journals: Inside and Out [vol. 2, no. 2]
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August 1999

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Ryan Johnson, Lynn Hattendorf Westney

vol. 2, no. 2, August 1999
Article Type: E-Journals: Inside and Out

E-Journals - Inside and Out

Ryan Johnson and Lynn Hattendorf Westney, Co-Editors

In the field of Library and Information Science, the acronym SDI stands for Selective Dissemination of Information. The co-editors of this quarterly column on e-journals are two practicing academic reference librarians: Ryan Johnson, Reference and Electronic Services Librarian at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington and Lynn Hattendorf Westney, Associate Professor, Assistant Reference Librarian and Coordinator of Reference Collection Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. They are selectively disseminating information on e-journals and their contents to the readers of The Journal of the Association for History and Computing (JAHC). Ryan brings to our attention e-journals of interest to scholars applying and studying information technology by providing a brief descriptive and evaluative annotation of each journal which he has chosen for inclusion. Lynn highlights and reviews individual articles in these and in others which she has identified as appropriate for our purposes. Together, this combined effort serves as an introductory SDI vehicle for our readers.

The Journal of the Association for History and Computing has as its focus the applications of computer and other electronic technologies into the historical profession. This is a field that is interdisciplinary in several ways. The applications of new technologies, particularly in academe, have been the focus of work by scholars in many disciplines, especially in education, history, and library and information science. These applications are not discipline-specific but rather, interdisciplinary. In order to make the best use of these technologies, we need to be open and receptive to the ideas presented in other journals and in other fields. Thus, an additional purpose of this column is to present this interdisciplinary research to the diverse readers of JAHC.

The editors are proud to begin this column with this announcement about the JAHC.

  • The Journal of the Association for History and Computing, has been added to the Internet Free-Press Library: JAHC is listed under the category of Computing. The description reads, "The AHC [The Association for History and Computing] aspires to promote and develop interest in the use of computers in all types of historical study at every level, in both teaching and research."

The Journal of the Association for History and Computing was selected as a good example of an electronic journal and felt worthy of being exhibited as such to [their] visitors, many of whom are interested in launching their own online journal.

The several journals discussed in this issue are listed in alphabetical order by title. Two new features in this column are the addition of an interesting database providing excellent coverage of e-journals and an organizational website devoted to the social sciences.

Compute-Ed: An Electronic Journal of Learning and Teaching with and about Technology

  • Compute-Ed is a refereed journal that examines a broad range of issues in information technology in education, with an emphasis on classroom practice including resources, developments, new projects, concerns, ideas in teaching with technology as well as aspects of Teaching Computing Studies. It covers all levels of education from elementary to higher. The University of Technology in Sidney, Australia, publishes it.
  • Vol. 4, 1998
    • "Issues in Teaching Writing for the WWW," by Martha C. Sammons.

      Dr. Sammons is a Professor of English at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. This article examines the way in which she teaches students to write for the World Wide Web. She suggests that teaching writing for the Web requires a different approach than traditional forms of writing. The ideas of clarity, hypertext, authoring software packages, graphic, screen design and a variety of other issues must be taught. Not only does this paper include the lessons that she learned through teaching but it also cites a wide variety of other sources useful to those preparing to teach these skills.

D-Lib Magazine

  • D-Lib Magazine is a monthly magazine about digital libraries for researchers, developers, and the intellectually curious. New issues are published on the 15th of each month.
  • April 1999, Vol. 5, No. 4
    • "Scholarly Communication, Digital Libraries, and D-Lib Magazine," by William Y. Arms, Publisher, D-Lib Magazine.
    • Scholarly communication is changing. For decades scientists have published their research in printed journals and conference proceedings. Access to current research required subscriptions to journals, usually through an academic library. Monographs were important in the humanities and social sciences, less so in the sciences. Today, digital libraries and electronic publishing provide authors with many other options, ranging from departmental reports, to eprint archives and electronic journals. While it is clear that these new methods of scholarly communication are widely used, there has been little systematic study of how specific disciplines are making use of the alternatives.
    • D-Lib Magazine was originally intended as a newsletter covering an area of research and innovation, and not itself intended to be an original research journal. Yet, if we examine the articles that appear each month in the magazine, about half are descriptions of research. Authors are choosing to publish their research in an online magazine, rather than in conventional journals. D-Lib Magazine's primary goal is to help specialists from many disciplines understand the broad scope of digital libraries. For this purpose D-Lib Magazine relies on the editors' judgment to select materials, rather than the academic tradition of peer review.
  • June 1999, Vol. 5, No. 6
    • "Digitising History: A Guide to Creating Digital Resources from Historical Documents," by Sean Townsend, Cressida Chappell and Oscar Struijve.
    • In the Executive Summary of this guide the authors state, "This guide to creating, documenting and preserving digital resources derived from historical documents, is intended as a reference work for individuals and organisations involved with, or planning, the computerisation of historical source documents. It aims to recommend good practice and standards that are generic and relevant to a range of data creation situations, from student projects through to large-scale research projects. The guide focuses on the creation of tabular data which can be used in databases, spreadsheets or statistics packages. Many of the guidelines are, however, applicable to other more textual methodologies."
  • June 1999, Vol. 5, No. 6
    • "Canada's Printed Heritage Via Internet," by Lisa Culp, University of Toronto Library.
    • Early Canadiana Online (ECO) is up and running. This innovative project is moving Canada's printed heritage on to the Internet at
    • Now, viewers in Canada and around the world can experience online some of the most significant people and events that have shaped the nation.
    • To date, the full text of some 2600 books and pamphlets originally published between the 16th and early 20th centuries have been scanned and are now available on the Internet. Subject areas include Canadian literature, women's history, travel and exploration, the history of French Canada and native studies. By August 1999, the ECO database will comprise some 3200 titles, one third of which will be in French.
    • ECO is a collaborative project of the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions (CIHM), the National Library of Canada, Laval University Library, Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, and the University of Toronto Library.

E-STREAMS: Electronic Reviews of Science & Technology References covering Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine and Science .

  • This e-journal contains reviews of books in these four broad fields. The reviews are written largely by librarians. The reviews in computing, engineering and the history of science should be especially interesting to readers of JAHC. Listed below are two partial reviews of recently published books in these areas.
  • June 1999, Vol. 2, No. 6
    • Internet (Computer Network); Authorship-Computer; Network Resources Review #358. Internet Handbook for Writers, Researchers, and Journalists, by Mary McGuire, Linda Stilborne, Melinda McAdams, and Laurel Hyatt. New York, NY, Guilford Press, 1997. 242p., illus., index. ISBN 1-57230-331-X, 1-57230-332-8pbk. $39.95. LC Call no.: TK5105.875.
    • Written by communications professionals, this introductory-level handbook aspires to provide readers with the essential information required to use the Internet for research. Unlike many other introductory guides, the Internet Handbook for Writers, Researchers, and Journalists focuses on a particular audience: those working in the communications industry, including writers, researchers, editors, and journalists.
    • One of the hallmarks of this handbook is its balanced coverage of the Internet as a research tool. The authors' practical guidelines for web site evaluation encourage readers to employ journalistic criteria in evaluating information sources on the web.
    • This book includes several helpful appendices, the largest of which features a classified annotated webliography of Internet resources of particular interest to journalists, editors, and other professional researchers. The final appendix provides the text of the Associated Press' policy on using electronic resources. The Internet Handbook for Writers, Researchers, and Journalists provides an excellent, balanced introduction to using the Internet for research.
  • June 1999, Vol. 2, No. 6
    • Computer Networks-Encyclopedias; Internet (Computer Network)-Encyclopedias; Computers-Encyclopedias Review #357. Desktop Encyclopedia of the Internet, by Nathan J. Muller. Boston, MA, Artech House, 1999. 559p., illus., bibliog. (Artech House Telecommunications Library). ISBN 0-89006-729-5. $60.00. LC Call no.: TK5105.5M85696 1999.
    • This volume, part of the Artech House Telecommunications Library, aspires to provide clear definitions for service, applications, protocols, access methods, development tools, administration and management, standards, and regulation for the Internet. All of the information is presented in 200 encyclopedia style articles.
    • Each article describes the topic in a logical, conversational tone and includes a conclusion and "see also" references. There are no cited references. Although the coverage of topics is broad, some topics are curiously lacking. There are articles about "Web Browsers," "Cyberstores," and the "Internet White Pages," but no entry for "Search Engines." An in-depth discussion of specific search engines would be out of scope for this volume, but a description of the main types of search engines would indeed be appropriate, perhaps essential! The diagrams, tables, and screen prints are clear and easy to use. For the most part their inclusion enhances the descriptions. The margins are wide and allow easy photocopying. This book is recommended for reference collections for all types of
    • libraries for it's easy-to-understand descriptions of the basic technology of the Internet.

Electronic School

  • This is an award-winning technology magazine for K-12 teachers and administrators. It is published both electronically and in paper quarterly as a supplement to The American School Board Journal. The print version is available free to subscribers of The American School Board Journal. It chronicles technological changes in the classroom and discusses educational issues relating to electronic media and digitization and offers practical advice relating to the implementation of technology in elementary and secondary schools in North America. For teachers in elementary and secondary education this journal should be of great value because it presents information on the introduction and use of technology in the classroom and information on the issues that local and state administrators will consider before paying for the new technology.

First Monday

  • First Monday is a peer-reviewed journal on the Internet about the Internet. Its focus is the Global Information Infrastructure. Articles on topics such as political and regulatory efforts affecting the Internet, standards, content, use in general and within specific communities and reviews of Internet related hardware, software and other research are paramount.
  • June 7, 1999, Vol. 4, No. 6
    • "Declarations, Independence, and Text in the Information Age," by Richard J. Cox.
    • The World Wide Web has presented new opportunities for the creation and dissemination of documents, especially in providing a greater power to citizens to proclaim opinions and to call for actions. There have been, of course, such documents before the Web. The Declaration of Independence was made all the more powerful, for example, because of the power of print to multiply copies and to support public readings of it as the American colonies took up arms against England. Renewed interest in the preservation of the original manuscript of the Declaration provides an opportunity to compare how, in the emerging Knowledge Age, we should consider documents and their text as well as to question what records professionals such as archivists should see as their priorities. Can we, from this time on, conceive of textual preservation in the same manner? Can we even have the same sense of primary or sacred documents as we have in the past? At the least, can we exhibit or use older documents in the same fashion as we did prior to the advent of the Web?

Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP)

  • This journal is a forum for discussion on issues related to electronic publishing. Many of its articles deal with the creation and maintenance of electronic journals as well as issues such as copyright, database and portal design and usage tendencies.
  • Archiving: "Ensuring Long-Term Access to Online Publications."
    • Margaret E. Phillips tells how the National Library of Australia has cobbled together custom and off-the-shelf software, and established some standards and relationships to begin the process of archiving online publications.
  • "The Unsettled State of Archiving."
    • Linda Beebe and Barbara Meyers take a broad look at archiving, reviewing current programs and new studies, and conclude that it's not time to declare a winner: more players have to put more effort into the game.
  • Case Studies: "KRAK: A Case Study at the Reference Frontier."
    • Claudia Loebbecke reveals how the Danish publisher KRAK put its directories online, and built on its existing structure to aim for success, despite a shaky start.
  • "National Academy Press: A Case Study."
    • Barbara Kline Pope tells why the National Academy decided to give away its intellectual property, what happened, and why she thinks others might do the same.

Journal of Technology Education (JTE)

  • This is a refereed journal that focuses on technology education, research philosophy and theory. The International Technology Education Association and the Council on Technology Teacher Education sponsor it. It is published by the University of Virginia. There is a paper version of the journal which has a subscription cost but all issues may be accessed on the World Wide Web.
  • "Research in Technology Education - Some Areas of Need," by Theodore Lewis. (Spring 1999), Vol. 10, No. 2
  • Mainly because of the lack of sustained funding sponsorship, research in technology education has been sparse, outside of the theses of students, and unable to assume a coherent programmatic character.

Journals of the Week

  • MCB University Press in a specialist publisher of academic and professional management titles. Currently is publishes over 100 journals in a wide variety of fields, most of which are available in both print and electronic formats. MCB offers free access to two of its electronic journals each week. While these are subscription-based periodicals, this access allows for free examination of the titles for content as well as for consideration for addition to a library or personal collection. The titles will vary greatly from week to week but over time many of them should relate to technology and education.

Networks: An On-Line Journal for Teacher Research

  • This is the first online journal dedicated to teacher research. It aims to provide a forum for teachers' voices, a place where teachers working in classrooms, from pre-school to university, can share their experiences and learn from each other. Each issues contains full-length articles, works-in-progress, book reviews and discussions on issues in instruction. Articles cover a variety of topics including curriculum, methodology, ethics, collaboration and community. The journal also includes a discussion forum for responses to articles and other issues in teacher research.
  • April 1999
    • Articles:
      • "It's Friendship, Developing Friendship": A Teacher Action Research Study on Reading Buddies," by Joan Ziolkowski.
      • "North and South Meet through Computer Collaboration: A Learning Experience for Preservice Teachers," by Marion Harris Fey and Mary Ann Tighe.
      • "The Transformative Power of the Action Research Process: Effects of an Inquiry Approach to Preservice Teacher Education," by Clare Kosnik.
      • "Teacher-Researchers Celebrating Peer Influences: Collaboration and Challenge," by Myriam N. Torres.

The Scientific Electronic Library Online

  • SciELO is an electronic virtual library covering a selected collection of Brazilian scientific journals, both print and e-journals. The objective of this site is to implement an electronic virtual library, providing full access to a collection of serial titles, a collection of issues from individual serial titles, as well as to the full text of articles.

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

  • This bibliography presents selected articles, books, electronic documents, and other sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet and other networks. Most sources have been published between 1990 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1990 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to sources that are available via the Internet.
  • Table of Contents:
    1. Economic Issues (Last update: 6/1/99)
    2. Electronic Books and Texts
      • 2.1 Case Studies and History (Last update: 6/1/99)
      • 2.2 General Works (Last update: 6/1/99)
      • 2.3 Library Issues (Last update: 6/1/99)
    3. Electronic Serials
      • 3.1 Case Studies and History (Last update: 6/1/99)
      • 3.2 Critiques (Last update: 2/1/99)
      • 3.3 Electronic Distribution of Printed Journals (Last update: 6/1/99)
      • 3.4 General Works (Last update: 6/1/99)
      • 3.5 Library Issues (Last update: 6/1/99)
      • 3.6 Research (Last update: 6/1/99)
    4. General Works (Last update: 6/1/99)
    5. Legal Issues
      • 5.1 Intellectual Property Rights (Last update: 6/1/99)
      • 5.2 License Agreements (Last update: 6/1/99)
      • 5.3 Other Legal Issues (Last update: 4/1/99)
    6. Library Issues
      • 6.1 Cataloging, Classification, and Metadata (Last update: 6/1/99)
      • 6.2 Digital Libraries (Last update: 6/1/99)
      • 6.3 General Works (Last update: 6/1/99)
      • 6.4 Information Conversion, Integrity, and Preservation (Last update: 6/1/99)
    7. New Publishing Models (Last update: 6/1/99)
    8. Publisher Issues (Last update: 6/1/99)
      • 8.1 Electronic Commerce/Copyright Systems (Last update: 4/1/99)

T.H.E. Journal Online

  • T.H.E. Journal is not only a periodical focused on the introduction of technology into the classroom at all levels of education. It also offers online courses through its website (for a fee). There is also a subscription charge for the paper version of the journal, but there was no problem accessing the online version. Articles are currently being sought on topics such as online courses, presentation strategies, Y2K, and virtual reality.

  • May 1999
    • "Internet Distance Learning: How do I put my Course on the Web?" by Judy Ann Serwatka.
      • One of the fastest growing areas of higher education in distance learning. More and more institutions are adding distance courses to their catalogs. This article is an examination of some how to's from an expert explaining both how to successfully convert a traditional course to a new format as well as listing a variety of pitfalls to avoid. Dr. Serwatka is Distance Learning Coordinator at Purdue University Calumet and has been active in offering distance courses since 1996.

National Council for the Social Studies Online

  • The largest association in the US devoted to social science education, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), provides leadership, service, and support for elementary, secondary, and university educators worldwide. NCSS Online, the association's extensive Web-based information service, includes sixteen major sections that inform users about the organization and its affiliated groups, professional development for educators, former and forthcoming conferences, awards and grants for teachers, NCSS journals and publications, related Internet and instructional resources, educational news, and much more. Subject coverage includes, but is not limited to, anthropology, economics, geography, history, law, political science, psychology, and sociology. To aid navigation of this comprehensive site, NCSS has devised a clearly organized hierarchical scheme and placed a pull-down "QuickClick" index at the bottom of each page.

Technology in Education

  • EdCITE is a database of research and case studies on the effective use of technology in education. The database includes citations to journal articles, Websites, and other relevant information resources selected to address the needs of faculty at Columbia University. Links are provided to full-text whenever possible. This database has been included because it indexes thoroughly e-journals as well as print publications and the full-text links are a bonus for users.
  • Mission Statement:
  • The mission of the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching & Learning is to provide the faculty of the University with a robust and supportive environment for the exploration, development and application of digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning at Columbia University. This involves creating a greater awareness of the potential of digital technologies to enhance the educational program, providing concrete support necessary for faculty to incorporate best practice in new media in their courses, and encouraging and supporting the creation of digital content and development of new applications. The Center will bring to focus and organize existing efforts within the University to use technology for curriculum enhancement. The Center will engage faculty in a collaborative process of discovery to evaluate which technologies apply to which disciplines. Successful technologies and curriculum models will be transferred internally and externally to the larger university community and greater public in collaboration with Columbia New Media, the Institute for Learning Technologies and AcIS.
  • Goals:
    • Outreach
      • Build faculty awareness of and participation in Center's existence and resources
    • Service & Support
      • Provide support for faculty in the full and effective use of digital technologies for teaching and learning
    • Projects
      • Develop exemplary educational deployments of digital technologies and new media for internal use and possible commercial repurposing
    • Research & Development
      • Maintain a leadership role at the university level to define and develop new educational systems and services central to instructional technology efforts
    • Technology Transfer
      • Facilitate the transfer of projects, services, and information systems within the University and through both profit and non-profit entities outside the University