CORE (COnnecting REpositories) is an Open Access Internet Public Library (OA-IPL/Open Journal System) for research whose "mission is to aggregate all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and make them available to the public. In this way CORE facilitates free unrestricted access to research for all. CORE harvests openly accessible content available according to the definition. CORE aims to facilitate free access and reuse of open access research outputs distributed across many systems." CORE has four applications to make it easier for you to search and navigate CORE: CORE Portal; CORE Mobile; CORE Plugin; and CORE API.
Type of Material:
Collection, learning object repository, reference material, open educational resources.
In-class homework, individual assignment, team assignment.
Internet Explorer or applicable browser, Adobe Acrobat document viewer (viewing and downloading reports).
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The student will be able to develop information literacy/competency using secondary sources, will be able to evaluate the use of data in research, and will be able to read, analyze, and evaluate research results.
Target Student Population:
High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School, Professional.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic computer operations, introduction to information literacy/competency, introduction to research methods.
Learners use basic and advance search tools to explore openly accessible research from repositories and journals. Seems to have access to an immense number of articles.
Collection limited to openly accessible research from participating data providers.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
It's self-directed and is a comprehensive repository of research data on diverse topics.
Students must have basic information literacy/competency and research skills for searching and interpreting secondary sources to ensure progression and efficiency of learning.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Diverse representation of openly accessible published research.
Information on the homepage confuses first-time users on how to search and use the repository. Instructions on how to use the Advance Search tool would be helpful including search by first name, last name, first and last name, multiple authors, etc.
Other Issues and Comments:
Effective teaching tool for information literacy/competency and research methods. It would be useful for those who do not have access to EBSCO and other major databases that require paid subscriptions, as it is free.
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