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Evaluation criteria for different versions of the same database - a comparison of Medline services available via the World Wide Web

Anagnostelis, B; Cooke, A; (1997) Evaluation criteria for different versions of the same database - a comparison of Medline services available via the World Wide Web. In: Raitt, DI and Blake, P and Jeapes, B, (eds.) ONLINE INFORMATION '97, PROCEEDINGS. (pp. 165 - 179). LEARNED INFORMATION (EUROPE) LTD

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Abstract

With the increasing availability of a range of World Wide Web versions of commercial online databases, many librarians are now faced with problems in justifying subscriptions to traditional online services. In particular, medical libraries are faced with justifying expenditure on locally networked versions of Medline when the database may be accessed freely via the Internet Questions arise relating to which version librarians should use themselves and which version they should recommend to their users whether if is a free service, a reduced subscription service or the traditional host service. Considerations include cost-effectiveness, ease of use and benefits to intermediaries and end-users alike.Using Medline as a case study, a number of versions of the database are critically discussed and compared in order to devise evaluation criteria. The resulting criteria are of value to librarians and other information professionals when evaluating different versions of the same database in order to make a purchasing recommendation or a recommendation to library users.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Evaluation criteria for different versions of the same database - a comparison of Medline services available via the World Wide Web
Event: 21st International Online Information Meeting
Location: LONDON, ENGLAND
Dates: 1997-12-09 - 1997-12-11
ISBN: 1-900871-21-1
Keywords: Medline, bibliographic databases, World Wide Web interfaces, evaluation criteria, information quality, database quality
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP Research
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP Research > Library Services
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/114566
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