Freely Available and Paid-For Electronic Journals: A Comparative Study of Use

by Waldenberg, Alison R.

Abstract (Summary)
When deciding what to include in their online public access catalogs, libraries struggle with how to handle open access, freely available electronic scholarly resources. One component that has been missing from the discussion is a use study that examines the access of freely available electronic journals that are not managed by large publishers or vendors. An examination of the use of freely available open access journals through the library catalog may offer more insight into this discussion. This paper is an empirical study comparing usage statistics gathered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s University Library. Evidence suggests that paid-for journals receive more use, but that freely available journals are still accessed
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Jeffrey Pomerantz

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:college and research libraries electronic journals open access online public catalogs scholarly communication


Date of Publication:11/16/2006

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