LibQUAL+ comments 2007: E-resources/e-journals

E-resources/e-journals - neg

1. The most urgent need is to put more academic journal access online. Very basic social work journals are unavailable online through U of C, and this is shocking to me as the license fee should not stand in the way of making these available for research. Paper copies at Regenstein (inexplicably Regenstein and not SSA) are not helpful for social work students who are off campus at internships 2-3 days a week and quite likely working for pay 2-3 days a week as well. Online journals they can access at midnight are essential if true scholarship is to be maintained.
2. I would encourage the library to have more electronic resources available this includes more back issues of online journals, and more online access to cd roms and databases. in my field, jewish studies, for instance, the library has the bar illan cd and certain other cds, but they are only accesible in the library, rather than online. Furthermore, the library is missing some very important cd resources in Jewish studies such as the DBS Torah cd-rom library
3. I think there are ways to better the electronic resources, especially older issues of journals, and subscription to journals that the library isn't subscribed to. Also possible is to have access to foreign newspapers and resources. Books,both foreign and domestic publications, need to be covered more extensivelyand more copies of specific books need to be acquired. Some rare books could also be better accessed through e-books, so i think the library should attempt to widen its scope of subscription and attempt to be more proactive. But thank you otherwise...
4. The library needs to invest in more subscriptions to online journals. I am always frustrated when I find a relevant piece of scientific literature that cannot be accessed online. The problem has stalled my research for classes and for projects.
5. Electronic journal resources are good but still limited. Cost should not be an issue here. I am biased to medical/health sciences journals, but I am sure the issue extends to all disciplines - more institutional subscriptions please!
6. I just think it would be nice if the library were to subscribe to more online material, particularly provide online journal access for all the journals that are available online (having used different University libraries, it seems to me there are quite a few journals available online that UofC does not provide access to; some of these journals are available as paper copies, but online access makes the research process so much more pleasant and easy!)
7. the library did not subscribe to particular e-journals, and I received no response when inquired about how to subscribe;
8. I hope the library will subscribe to the Renmin ribao (People's daily) full-text database that was recently given a trial. It's an invaluable resource for those of us working on China.
9. I use the library several times a day, but almost exclusively via the web. It would be tremendously useful to have recent significant books in my discipline available as on-line texts, even if they were not downloadable. Text search capability for books would be a great help.
10. More electronic access, and more electronic journals (I had to wait 6 months for the library to get a journal I needed for research electronically) would be helpful.
11. Library database for sources in Cyrillic alphabet is not very good. Some letters (even in English transliteration) are not presented correctly, so I can not use RefWorks program to construct my bibliography
12. I frequently find many peer reviewed journalslisted on searches but not available electronically.
13. i wish that more electronic journals were available through JSTOR
14. Generally please with the library resources, but would like to see more Ejournals.
15. I am unsatisfied with the number of electronic resources available.
16. If more journals that extended back further in time were available online it would make me very happy.
17. My biggest disappointment with using library resources is that we don't have access to many of the electronic journals I need to find PDF files of articles online.
18. it would be great if even more journals were available electronically.
19. I am mostly satisfied with the library, but the amount of online journal articles could be increased.
20. 95% of my use is electronic access. More Journals are needed in full text in infectious diseases
21. Would like to see more journals available electronically.
22. i wish we had a larger e-journal subscription.
23. Occasionally the jounal materials I require are not available electronically or in the lharary/
24. Sometimes I have difficulty finding the right electronic resource to use to look for a journal. I have found that it is often linked from the library catalog, which helps. However, I have run into difficulties accessing those websites from the catalog (probably user error). I have not had many issues recently. I suppose also that some problems are on the interface of the resource (out of the university's control).
25. Easier access to online journals. It is often very tedious to directly link from on abstract found on PudMed or SciFinder to our library's permission version. I often have to go to the library's E-Journal page, look up the journal, go to the journal's homepage, find the archives, and ultimately search through to find the article of interest. Instead of just clicking on the link in PubMed. Often, the MetaSearch links don't take you directly to the article, they leave you at the most recent issue of the journal.
26. The only problems I ever encounter are with electronic resources. Specifically, when the search engine indicates we have access, but the actual page requires a login and password.
27. Electronic access to jurnals has becoem very much more cumbersome withfairly recent (about 6 months ago) change in display. One cannot readily skim content of most journalsas, and this used to be easy iin the past.,
28. Continuing to improve how students can access medical journals or journals in general is important to me. While I like the current proxy system, I find it difficult to get articles easily with the sFX program. Also, it seems that our journal selection isn't always the greatest and it is unclear how we can ask to get e-journals added to the system.
29. The library lacks access (particularly electronic) to all the major plastic surgery journals that I use regularly. These include (but are not limited to) Annals of Plastic Surgery, Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, British Journal of Plastic Surgery, etc.
30. You guys decided to replace the list of online chemistry journals with a general electronic journal search function. That was stupid. You never asked the chemists what we would want. You clearly failed to consider if this was an improvement for the intended users. What harm was there in leaving it be? I don't read any journals but those that are chemistry related - why in God's name would I want to search through all of the online journals?!?
31. My biggest complain is with the access to some particular data. For example, Datastream, which is an awesome souce of data, is installed in a regular computer. Every time I need it, I have to ask somebody in that computer (that is usually just sending emails) to go somewhere else so that I can use Datastream. I love the library for having that access, but I'd really appreciate if DataStrem was in a location reserved for users that want that access. Thanks
32. The e-journals are a mess. There are a multitude of overlapping incompatible and barely comprehensible user interfaces that deal with myriad journals in a piecemeal fashion. Fragmentation of on-line resources is a serious problem.
33. Electronic subscription access is often spotty...Luckily my wife works at Northwestern so I have Galter access also...
34. I find electronic journals difficult to access. In particular, Ovid seems to give problems in downloading .pdfs. NSIT people are very kind, but have no idea of how to solve the problem. I'd suggest to switch to another e-journal provider.
35. give part-time GSB students access to capital IQ - we abide by the honor code and will not use it in an unauthorized manner. full time students have a significant advantage over us in classes in which they can use it.
36. -I am disapointed that beilstein Crossfire has become difficult/impossible to use. Discoverygate may be a nice program, but I have been unable to use it as efficientl
37. The one thing I think may need improvement is that when we search for some journal's electronic access, we are lead to another database, which we have to search through to find the desired journal.
38. I find it disappointing that certain electronic information is limited to people in GSB. As someone pursuing a degree in computer science, there is obviously overlap with the GSB area. Yet I cannot freely access such material. While I don't know for sure, I suspect this may be true of the medical library. Why aren't all resources available to all students?
39. The only issue I have run into (and this was a couple of years ago, so it may have changed) is that I wasn't able to access the legal databases, Lexis-Nexus and Weslaw. But I gather they are v. expensive.
40. it should be easier to locate materials online using j stor.
41. sometimes have trouble finding what I need on Jstor, etc.
42. The electronic access is unreliable - links to journals often don't work.
43. I use electronic recourses of Crerar throughout the day and evening. Unfortunatley some of the medical journals do not open.
44. access to and navigation among the electronic databases
45. access to web-based journals is confusing, non-intuitive, many links are down or outdated
46. The addition of more outlets in crerar would be helpful, as would easier browsing and discovery of electronic resources.
47. Although I sometimes cannot find a journal electronically, I am satisfied, actually quite pleased, with the quality of our library services.
48. What needs improvement are the facilities. Its remains a tough place to work: lighting, (seats are finally fixed, five years too late), outlets, air quality, noise levels, study areas, food, number of computers, ease of online databases, etc. Small gestures towards improving the experience of working in the library would go a long way.
49. I find it hard to do productive on line searches for information on my own.
50. There should be an easier interface for searching for online versions of articles in the scientific/medical journals
51. electronic - convenient for looking up specific items but lousy for browsing, so I have had to cut back the range of journals I look at, which adversely affects my work; adversely affects generalists like myself; pdfs often give message that file is bad
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E-resources/e-journals - pos

1. The availability of older journals through resources like JSTOR has revolutionized my academic research. It has easily doubled the value of the library to me.
2. I use the library e-journal system daily, and have had consistently good experience with it. I was impressed by the speed with which one system problem was resolved. The electronic resources make research very convenient, as most of the materials I require are available online through University subscriptions.
3. The number of electronic journal subscriptions has increased significantly in the last year or so. I now access and store 95% of my research digitally, reducing my paper consumption dramatically. I also spent a lot of time at the library writing my thesis in 2006.
4. I have no complaints at all about Regenstein. I only feel guilty that I don't use it as much as I could--I've never been in to special collections, for instance, because the library provides a searchable online database of eighteenth-century sources. It's amazing!
5. The online journals are critical for my work, and 95% of the ones I require are provided.
6. I don't live in the state anymore so electronic resources are most important to me: not only what is available electronically, but how easy the resources are to use.
7. Gleacher Center resources are nice. Electronic access is key to an Evening Program student's success.
8. I love the online journals that I can access from home! I would love to see that expand to offer more journals and issues (e.g. offer journals online that are not currently available via the web, expand dates of those available (some are only available from current edition back until 1997 for example; it would be nice if they stretched back into farther issues.))
9. The more scholarly journals (and past issues) can be accessed electronically, the better.
10. I hope that you can invest more in putting journal articles on-line- this is an important part of many students' work. What we already have is wonderful.
11. I appreciate the journals that are currenlty available on line and would like to have that continue to increase
12. On the whole I enjoy and am satisfied by the library services, especially the fact that we have electronic access to many journals.
13. The library materials (electronic journals and books) are incredible and so useful.
14. electronic resources are the way to go!
15. Almost any electronic journal can be found online.
16. I very much like the electronic access to journals, especially proxy access from home.
17. I use the online resources a lot.
18. The electronic resources are excellent
19. I'm a surgical resident at the hospital. I feel the physical and virtual collections of the library are one of the greatest assets of this institution.
20. services like JSTOR are very helpful
21. Great selection of databases.
22. I am constantly astounded by what is available, electronically, through the Library portal.
23. I am amazed at the amount of services available on line.
24. Hi, I love the U of C library systems the staff is amazing and the online resources are top notch. Well run!
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