ERIC Number: ED046437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Oct-31
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A Review of the Availability of Primary Scientific and Technical Documents within the United States, Volume I. Final Report.
Wood, James L.
Volume I of this three-volume final report contains a summary of the objectives and results of a study conducted by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), to determine the availability of the scientific and technical primary literature which the user identifies through the use of secondary services such as "Chemical Abstracts." The secondary services are not intended to substitute for the primary literature but to aid the individual by analyzing the literature and creating abstracts and indexes. Once a user has identified, through the secondary service, the primary literature in which he is interested, he can turn to the library for access to that literature. The purpose of the study was to determine the availability of this literature from the user's local libraries or from other libraries via the interlibrary loan system. Recommendations drawn from the study are: (1) scientific and technical serials are not widely enough available to users in the U.S.; (2) borrowing of such documents through interlibrary loan is both uncertain and time-consuming; (3) specialized document collections are needed as backup resources for the library community, and (4) the results of this study are generally applicable across the full range of science and technology. Volume II (LI 002 455) presents background detail, and Volume III (LI 002 456) contains the bibliography and appendixes for the study. (AB)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: American Chemical Society, Columbus, OH. Chemical Abstracts Service.