Information access through electronic databases for rural public libraries

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/278522
Title:
Information access through electronic databases for rural public libraries
Author:
Canepi, Kitti, 1955-
Issue Date:
1995
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Electronic databases allow rural libraries to expand information access beyond the limits of their material collection. How are these libraries to know which databases best meet the needs of their clientele? Research done at the onset of this project revealed no previous studies on the ability of databases to answer real questions. In this study, public library patron questions received by the Arizona State Reference Center were searched on ten different databases recommended in William Katz's Introduction to Reference Work, 6th edition, and available through DIALOG Online Services. Given the limitations and exploratory nature of this study, the results indicate that of the databases tested, the set of Books in Print, Magazine Database, ABI/INFORM, PAIS, and GPO Publications could qualify as a set of databases that would enable rural public library staff to find sources for 90% of the patron requests for information not found within the library.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Library Science.; Information Science.
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Library Science
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Hurt, Charlie D.

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleInformation access through electronic databases for rural public librariesen_US
dc.creatorCanepi, Kitti, 1955-en_US
dc.contributor.authorCanepi, Kitti, 1955-en_US
dc.date.issued1995en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractElectronic databases allow rural libraries to expand information access beyond the limits of their material collection. How are these libraries to know which databases best meet the needs of their clientele? Research done at the onset of this project revealed no previous studies on the ability of databases to answer real questions. In this study, public library patron questions received by the Arizona State Reference Center were searched on ten different databases recommended in William Katz's Introduction to Reference Work, 6th edition, and available through DIALOG Online Services. Given the limitations and exploratory nature of this study, the results indicate that of the databases tested, the set of Books in Print, Magazine Database, ABI/INFORM, PAIS, and GPO Publications could qualify as a set of databases that would enable rural public library staff to find sources for 90% of the patron requests for information not found within the library.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectLibrary Science.en_US
dc.subjectInformation Science.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineLibrary Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorHurt, Charlie D.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest1378291en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b33846327en_US
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