Sunday, March 22, 2009

:: 4th Posting :: Online Database :: Lisa Net and EBSCOHOST ::

EBSCHOHOST is one of the online database that Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia had subscribed to helps the student in finding information about the article or information regarding what they want to find oe seek. Rather than spending hours searching through the internet, it's more effective searching the information through the online database as long as they had the internet connection to find it. Searching through this site might be a bit difficult if we does not search through it with specific title, author, journal name, or subject terms. The subject that we want to search through EBSCHOST also need to be precise to avoid getting the wrong information during searching through this database.

Lisa Net (CSA ILLUMINA) is also a online database that helps the user in finding an information regarding what they want to find. In addition, through Lisa Net, the user can find the information through three method; Quick Search, Advanced Search or Search Tools. Finding information through this site a bit tricky if the user do not know how to use it in finding the information. In helping the user in finding information easily, this site provided search tips, technology search area and date range of the information that the user want to find.

For the article summarizing, I had choose the topic that I familiar with; "Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL)". From both EBSCHOST and Lisa Net, I found articles that involved the use of CALL in "Intelligent computer assisted language learning as cognitive science: the choice of syntactic frameworks for language tutoring by Matthews C" and "A Software Development Approach for Computer Assisted Language Learning by Steve Cushion". Both this article related to CALL in term of using it for cognitive science and software development.

For summarizing the first article, the article is " A software Development Approach for Computer Assisted Language Learning" by Steve Cushion. This article I found in EBSCHOST online database.

Computer Assisted Language Learning is a field which computers and language play an important part in area of computational linguistics. Argument about highly interdisciplinary nature of the field and influence of different currents of psychology that's involved the history of CALL projects. Error Analysis and Description describe the analysis of regular parsers in CALL context includes grammar and spelling checkers eventhough learnererror is not the same with the native speaker error in language learning. Feedback on history before CALL being design discuss the problem that the learner faced including human interaction, general learning and general problem of language generation. Student Modelling in parser-based CALL explored the problems in the latter of Intelligent Tutoring System for areas other than a second language.

As for the second article, I found it in Lisa Net online database. The title is "Intelligent computer assisted language learning as cognitive science: the choice of syntactic framework for language" by Matthews C. However, the article that I found only shows the outline of the article itself.

Part of a special issue based on the workshop SCIAL'93 (cognitive Science, Computer Science and Language learning), held Oct 93 in Clermont-Ferrand, France, which considered the development of interactive language learning environments. The development of Intelligent Computer Assisted Language Learning (ICALL) has often tended to proceed in an ad hoc fashion. Questions relating to ICALL Should be asked and answered within a principled framework. Considers which grammar framework might best form the basis of the syntactic component of an ICALL system. Compares 2 frameworks, Definite Clause Grammars and Principles and Parameters Theory, with respect to a number of criteria of adequacy. Although there are various reasons for preferring the latter framework, illustrates the types of questions that ICALL should be raising rather than providing any precise answers.


  1. you are the first to put up your 4th posting but where is your article that you are suppose to search for? Keep up the good work and hope the online databases will be useful for you in the near future

  2. Sorry, Dr. Datin....I'm on the way of summerizing the article about the time I post this 4th blog, I just feel like writing someting....

  3. i agree with you yan.. it's very hard to just search in the internet and find the article that we want. After getting this task, now i know the use of the EBSCOHOST... and where we can use it.. at the ptsl of course hehee..