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ERIC Number: EJ901959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0033-0337
An Assessment of Potential Efficiency Gains through Online Content Use
Creaser, Claire; Hamblin, Yvonne; Davies, J. Eric
Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems, v40 n2 p178-189 2006
Purpose: Online content has largely replaced traditional print-based resources as the primary tool for literature searching throughout much of the academic and research community. This paper presents the results of a small-scale study, commissioned by the JISC in 2004, to assess the potential efficiency gains that may be achieved through the use of online content by researchers. Design/methodology/approach: Information gleaned from an extensive literature review was combined with recent usage data to calculate broad estimates of the efficiency gains which are being made by the research community through using online searching strategies as opposed to print resources. Findings: The estimated staff costs in UK universities of literature searching are some 7 British Pounds million per annum. Manual literature searching can take around five times as long as using relevant electronic resources. The consequent savings from the availability of electronic bibliographic databases are estimated in the region of 25 British Pounds million per annum. Originality/value: This paper brings together findings from a number of distinct studies and extrapolates these to the current situation in the UK. It demonstrates the value of investment in electronic bibliographic databases to the funding bodies which provide these to researchers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom