Journals, articles, and databases: Guiding users through the e-resource maze

My library recently launched a new user-friendly journals page.  This page (which I did not create – credit goes to my talented colleagues!) is a great improvement over the previous design.  It has started me thinking about some of the challenges libraries face when providing e-resource access points. Academic library web sites usually have pages labeled…

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Chrome plugin makes it easier for users to bypass the library

Thought provoking post this week by Aaron Tay on his blog Musings About Librarianship: Lazy Scholar – Interesting Chrome extension – a review and comparison with other library find full text options Aaron discusses Lazy Scholar, a Chrome browser extension that streamlines discovery of free full-text using Google Scholar.   From an abstract found on…

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Why can’t students find full-text? New study from C&RL has answers

Revealing study by Bonnie Imler and Michelle Eichelberger in this month’s issue of College and Research Libraries:  Commercial Database Design vs. Library Terminology Comprehension: Why Do Students Print Abstracts Instead of Full-Text Articles?   The study looks at why students so often fail to locate the full-text of an article.  Is it because they don’t…

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How not to implement a link resolver

My library recently purchased WebBridge, Innovative’s link resolver product.   As I had no prior experience with link resolvers, the implementation, to say the least, has been a bit bumpy.  But after several weeks and many long frustrating hours wrestling OpenURLs into submission, I’m happy to report that WebBridge is working pretty well.  For the record,…

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