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ERIC Number: ED413896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 28
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The History of Women in Botany and Science at the Herbarium Library: Evaluation for Historical Research.
Wicker, Sandra J.
Evaluating library collections by comparing them to bibliographies has a long history in research libraries. This evaluative study examined all 107 titles within the "Women in Botany" section of the Herbarium Library at The Ohio State University (OSU). The Herbarium is not part of the OSU Library system, but functions as a satellite to the Biological Sciences and Pharmacy Library. The bibliographies of five recently (1993-1996) published scholarly works on the history of women in botany and science were compared to these titles for the purpose of determining if historical research in the history of women in botany and science could be supported by this collection. Herbarium titles accounted for less than 5% of the titles found in any of the five test bibliographies; therefore, this collection would not have supported the historical research of these five works. The bibliography with the most matches and the bibliography with the least matches were searched online in OHIOLINK to compare the relative strengths of the Herbarium collection against those of The Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Cincinnati. The results show that the Herbarium is very weak when compared to any of the three collections. Lists of herbarium titles found in the five test bibliographies and herbarium titles not found in OHIOLINK are appended. (Contains 17 references.) (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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