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CDROM a viable alternative to online searching for academic libraries

CDROM a viable alternative to online searching for academic libraries To test this proposition a comparison was made between online and CDROM costs in several heavily used databases. Among other factors considered were funding methods, staff investment, enduser training, user access and cost recovery. The case of one South African academic library was examined in detail the approaches of some other South African academic libraries were briefly touched on. Finally, although CDROM was found to be more economic than online searching in the long term, the real problem would appear to be that South African academic libraries, in acquiring CDROM, would be forced to choose, not between CDROM and online, but between CDROM and hardcopy databases. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Electronic Library Emerald Publishing

CDROM a viable alternative to online searching for academic libraries

The Electronic Library , Volume 9 (4/5): 6 – Apr 1, 1991

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0264-0473
DOI
10.1108/eb045076
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Abstract

To test this proposition a comparison was made between online and CDROM costs in several heavily used databases. Among other factors considered were funding methods, staff investment, enduser training, user access and cost recovery. The case of one South African academic library was examined in detail the approaches of some other South African academic libraries were briefly touched on. Finally, although CDROM was found to be more economic than online searching in the long term, the real problem would appear to be that South African academic libraries, in acquiring CDROM, would be forced to choose, not between CDROM and online, but between CDROM and hardcopy databases.

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The Electronic LibraryEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 1991

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