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A cost/use analysis of Beilstein's Handbuch Der Organischen Chemie at two academic chemistry libraries
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  • Tina E. Chrzastowski, Santa Clara University
  • Paul M. Blobaum
  • Margaret A, Welshmer
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-1991
Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Abstract
A six-month use survey of Beilstein's Handbuch der Organischen Chemie (hereafter Beilstein) was conducted sirnultaneously at the chemistry libraries of the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign (UIUC) and the University of Delaware (UDEL). In addition, a price analysis of Beifstein's cost at UIUC was prepared for the years 1984 through 1990. The studies showed Beilstein to have low use at both locations; fourteen survey forms were completed at UIUC, nine at UDEL. Coupled with an increase in price of 201% from 1984-1990, Beilstein is a cost-ineffective subscription for these two locations. Survey results also showed that the most recently received volumes (Heterocyclic Series) were among the lowest-used of the series; titles already owned were the most popular and heavily used. The study focused on budget analysis at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chemistry Library, with comparative data from a simultaneous use study at the University of Delaware Chemistry Library.
Citation Information
Chrzastowski, Tina E., Paul M. Blobaum, and Margaret A. Welshmer, 1991. "A cost/use analysis of Beilstein's Handbuch Der Organischen Chemie at two academic chemistry libraries." Serials Librarian 20(4), p. 73-84.