Reshelving Study of Review Literature in the Physical Sciences

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Abstract

Review publications contain articles that give overviews or state-of-the-art reports on specific topics. Although some review titles are published more frequently, many appear only once a year. At the Physical Sciences Library of the Pennsylvania State University's University Park Campus, a year-long reshelving study of the review publications collection was undertaken to determine usage of the titles. This need was fueled by a lack of shelf space, storage considerations, and the threat of serials cancellations. Three hundred review titles were examined. The best data were found in classes QC, QD, and QH-QP (monographic series only) The other classes had few titles or low use tallies. Approximately half of all titles were used at least once. Periodicals had a higher percentage of use than did monographic series.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-144
Number of pages6
JournalLibrary Resources and Technical Services
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1996

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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