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ERIC Number: ED358867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 27
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Characteristics of Periodical Use in the Small College Library.
Puvogel, Cole
Characteristics of periodical use at a small liberal arts college were studied using a methodology aimed at providing a more accurate system for data collection by recording all the periodicals used in an entire semester. In the John J. Wright Library at La Roche College (Pennsylvania), circulation records were consulted, and one person while reshelving actually counted periodical items that had been moved to obtain more accurate records of use. In the 100 days of library use in the semester (January through April), there were 7,264 uses of periodicals, an average of 73 per day. Of the 898 titles available, 644 were used at least once (72 percent) by students, faculty, or staff. Data show that academic discipline, date of publication, journal format, and accessibility of materials all had an effect on the extent of use that a given periodical received. It was also found that there was an inverse relationship between book and periodical use within academic disciplines. Three tables present study findings. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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