ERIC Number: ED338237
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Online vs. Print Publications: Users' Opinions.
The rapid expansion of online publications has raised some concerns about the use of online databases in comparison with using traditional print publications. To determine the opinions of end users about using Dialog online databases versus their corresponding print versions, three libraries in Atlanta, Georgia--Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Emory University Library, and Georgia State University Library--were surveyed. The survey results reveal that the users' habits and position are a determining factor in their opinions about online databases or print materials. The survey results also indicated that online users have not changed their views toward online information systems although information technology has greatly advanced in recent years. It is observed that online searching must be made simpler, more standardized, and geared more toward the needs of the end user. A summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the use of traditional books and computer databases and a copy of the survey instrument together with a tally of the responses are appended. (33 references) (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Guam Univ., Mangilao. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: DIALOG; Electronic Text; Printed Materials