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Title:The new CD-ROM technology: Shaping the future of reference and information research
Author(s):Clark, Barton M.; Bingham, Karen Havill
Subject(s):Reference services (Libraries) --Automation
Online bibliographic searching
Database searching
Libraries and electronic publishing
Abstract:It has been said more than once that students will do online searching as long as it does not cost more than a pizza. That premise is probably true. Several years ago when the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) had to almost double the cost of ERIC searches, the number of student searches dropped dramatically. These increased costs and the introduction of laser technology were major factors in the university library's examination of electronic reference tools which could be run by in-house microcomputers rather than vendor-operated mainframes. UIUC, like many other libraries, entered this new world of technology through Information Access Company's InfoTrac. This article describes UIUC's experiences with InfoTrac and the manner in which those experiences contributed to the library's analysis of in-house microcomputerbased electronic reference tools.
Issue Date:1987
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In L.C. Smith, ed. 1987. Questions and answers : strategies for using the electronic reference collection : Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library and Information Science: 177-187.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (24th : 1987)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1987.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-06

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