ERIC Number: ED348052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul-31
Reference Count: N/A
Comparative Study of Periodical Literature Indexing: Print versus Electronic Access. Final Report.
Lowry, Charles B.
This 2-year project at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) was conducted to determine the feasibility of providing online periodical indexing to the journal holdings of the UTA libraries by demonstrating an extended use of the libraries' NOTIS Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) to provide better access to local resources. Three approaches were used: (1) extracting journal indexing records to UTA holdings from two machine readable data files, Infotrac and CIJE, and enhancing the records by adding the UTA libraries' call numbers; (2) reformatting these records into pseudo-MARC for input into the NOTIS OPAC; and (3) conducting controlled testing of student users to compare the success and efficacy of three forms of access to periodical literature--print indexes, CD-ROM, and the local periodical (IAC) and CIJE online databases. Students in marketing and education were asked to conduct specific subject searches in the appropriate indexes and databases and produce hard copy bibliographies. They were also asked to complete a questionnaire. Data from the searches and the questionnaires were combined. It was found that neither age, grades, frequent use of the library, nor experience with electronic or print indexing systems improved the students' ability to retrieve relevant citations. It was inferred that problem analysis skills and mastery of subject vocabulary are most important in effective use of indexing systems. It was concluded that use of the IAC data files could improve the efficacy of student searching and exploitation of local resources. The project timetable, letters of documentation, and copies of the student questionnaires and bibliography grading worksheets are appended. Budget information, the application narrative, and other information from the original proposal are also included. (7 tables, 30 references) (BBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Arlington.