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KYVL has contracted with two companies (vendors) to provide access to 32 different databases. These databases provide access to the bibliographic information (author, title, etc.), the abstracts (a short description), and sometimes the fulltext (the complete item). You can read more information about these two vendors and descriptions of the databases below under EBSCO and FirstSearch. Read descriptions of all the databases
The KYVL databases are for Kentuckians and Kentucky institutions' students/faculty. The databases can be freely accessed in a Kentucky library that is participating in KYVL. These include public libraries, publicly funded academic libraries, many privately funded academic libraries, K-12 libraries, and many special libraries. Access from home is available to officially registered patrons of Kentucky libraries.
The committee which makes recommendations on which databases to choose is the Collections Subcommittee.
InterfacesAn interface is how the information you use and the requests you make are formatted. If you have ever used Netscape and Internet Explorer to access the Web, you know that you get the same information using either one but the buttons you use and the look of the information is slightly different. The same thing is true of databases. The same data can be searched and formatted in many different ways depending on which interface you use.
PasswordsWhen you are at most institutions, you will not need to worry about a userid/password to access the databases because where ever possible we have used IP addresses for authentication (make sure that the person or place accessing the databases is allowed to).
For those that are dialing for access (the few institutions that do not have a static IP range and for those who are getting in from home), we have designed usernames and passwords. These are good for the WebZ interface. They have nothing to do with the native interfaces.
For 2001 the changes will occur:
Have questions about the databases? Call us at 1-877-740-4357.
Last Updated: 1/8/00
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