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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After you find it, then what? New study looks at post-discovery services

Jody L. DeRidder and Kathryn G. Matheny performed an excellent study of how faculty use online databases to find primary source materials. The study looks at both how faculty search for materials as well as how they manage content after searching, and reveals shortcomings in services for post-discovery stages of the research process.  Their findings are in…

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Problem of linking to library resources

Today’s college students and faculty expect to be able to easily share articles and searches from library databases, as well as set up customized feeds that bring relevant information to them.  But because so many library resources live behind EZProxy servers, meeting this expectation has proved difficult. This is because while most subscription databases provide…

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