Document (#6942)

Author
Sylvia, M.
Lesher, M.
Title
Making hard choices : cancelling print indexes
Source
Online. 18(1994) no.1, S.59-60,62-64
Year
1994
Abstract
As the popularity of the recently installed CD-ROM network increased rapidly, and free online searches were offered to users, St. Mary's University Library, Texas, found that the use of printed abstracting and indexing services diminished rapidly. When the library investigated the possibility of cancelling the printed services, they found that it was possible in many cases to do so without impairing the service offered to users. Three database examples are presented: Social Sciences Citation Index; Engineering Index; and Index Medicus; to show how the library were able to effect successful replacements, for different reasons. Factors considered when making decisions about keeping or cancelling printed indexes in favour of electronic formats included: price; ease of access; usage patterns; end results and retrieval characteristics; quality of indexing and content; and ownership
Theme
Informationsmittel

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