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Bolton, Brooke A. – Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2009
A checklist evaluation on thirty-seven Women's Studies programs conducted using the individual institutions' online public access catalogs (OPACs) is presented. Although Women's Studies collections are very difficult to build, an evaluation of existing programs shows that collections, for the most part, have managed substantial coverage of the…
Descriptors: Check Lists, Womens Studies, Program Evaluation, Online Catalogs
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Richards, Timothy F. – Journal of Academic Librarianship, 1984
Discusses key issues to be addressed in planning for introduction of online public access catalog in academic research library environment. Purpose of catalog, reasons to adopt catalog, user behavior, use of catalog records, authority control, shared or unique systems, and impact on staff are highlighted. Seventy-three sources are cited. (EJS)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Cataloging, Higher Education, Information Retrieval
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Cherry, Joan M. – Journal of Academic Librarianship, 1992
An analysis of 100 online public access catalog (OPAC) search sessions explored the effectiveness of converting unsuccessful subject searches to keyword searches. It is suggested that either a system generated message to the user to try a keyword search, or an automatic conversion of zero-hit searches might be effective in improving search…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Higher Education, Information Retrieval, Keywords
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Peters, Thomas A. – Journal of Academic Librarianship, 1989
Describes a low cost study of the transaction logs of an online catalog at an academic library that examined failure rates, usage patterns, and probable causes of patron problems. The implications of the findings for bibliographic instruction and collection development are discussed and the benefits of analyzing transaction logs are identified.…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Higher Education, Online Catalogs, Online Searching