REFERENCE USE OF ONLINE DATABASES: AN ANALYSIS.

Linda C. Friend, Bruce Bonta

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Abstract

An examination is made of statistical information compiled from reference uses of the computer since 1978 in the General Reference Section at Penn State. The authors have identified at least five major categories of questions that are feasible for online reference, at least in a large academic library: 1). directory-type information; 2). literature retrieval on a limited scale; 3). bibliographic verification of specific works; 4). definitions or explanations of concepts or acronyms; 5). book reviews. A detailed statistical study concluded that the actual nature of the question seemed to determine search success or failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages213-220
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981
EventNatl Online Meet, Proc - New York, NY, USA
Duration: Mar 24 1981Mar 26 1981

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OtherNatl Online Meet, Proc
CityNew York, NY, USA
Period3/24/813/26/81

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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Friend, L. C., & Bonta, B. (1981). REFERENCE USE OF ONLINE DATABASES: AN ANALYSIS.. 213-220. Paper presented at Natl Online Meet, Proc, New York, NY, USA, .
Friend, Linda C. ; Bonta, Bruce. / REFERENCE USE OF ONLINE DATABASES : AN ANALYSIS. Paper presented at Natl Online Meet, Proc, New York, NY, USA, .8 p.
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Friend, LC & Bonta, B 1981, 'REFERENCE USE OF ONLINE DATABASES: AN ANALYSIS.' Paper presented at Natl Online Meet, Proc, New York, NY, USA, 3/24/81 - 3/26/81, pp. 213-220.

REFERENCE USE OF ONLINE DATABASES : AN ANALYSIS. / Friend, Linda C.; Bonta, Bruce.

1981. 213-220 Paper presented at Natl Online Meet, Proc, New York, NY, USA, .

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Friend LC, Bonta B. REFERENCE USE OF ONLINE DATABASES: AN ANALYSIS.. 1981. Paper presented at Natl Online Meet, Proc, New York, NY, USA, .