Preliminary observations of data captured from the survey between
February and June 2010 illustrate the expansion in surveyed content:
2004–05
Consortial only:
Locally loaded e-journals
2010–11
Both consortial and individually licensed content:
E-journals Library catalogs
E-books, (NetLibrary, ebrary, Reference materials
but not books locally loaded Institutional repositories
on Scholars Portal*) Other services (e.g., interlibrary loan,
Abstracts and indexes Ulrich’s, Journal Citation Reports,
Dissertations RefWorks)
*Work is underway to create SFX targets for e-book collections loaded on
Scholars Portal.
Survey Findings: Highlights
from 2004–05 results
From May 2004 to April 2005, a total of 20,293 usable cases were collected
from the MINES for Libraries‚ survey from 16 institutions. Analysis
revealed that:
The majority of the uses of the Scholars Portal resources are from the
sciences and the medical health field
Close to half of the use made of the Scholars Portal resources is by
undergraduate students (46%)
Almost half of the use made of the Scholars Portal resources is from off-
campus locations (45%)
The largest portion of the use of the Scholars Portal resources is for
purposes of coursework (42%) with sponsored research representing an
important second-highest category of use (26%)
OCUL institutions have used the results of the 2004–05 survey to justify
budget allocations within and across institutions, for peer-group comparisons,
and for understanding how MINES for Libraries® data relate to external
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