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Nonbibliographic Databases: Determining Level of Service
Vol. 30, No. 4 (SUMMER 1991), pp. 528-533
Published by: American Library Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25828879
Page Count: 6
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Databases have been increasing greatly in number over the last two decades, as has the reliance upon them. Libraries during this time have focused their attention chiefly on the standard bibliographic databases available online or on CD-ROM through the large commercial vendors. The number of nonbibliographic databases is increasing very rapidly; many of them are not available through these vendors. Researchers, due to economic pressures, are now relying more heavily on recycled data available in nonbibliographic databases, especially machine-readable data files (MRDF). The vitality of libraries may in part depend upon how well they keep abreast of and respond to the changing needs of researchers. Research needs should be assessed and an appropriate level of service provided.
RQ © 1991 American Library Association