Survey 2010 comments: e-resources

Electronic Resources – General

1. I hardly ever encounter a database we don't have a subscription for -- and this is exceptional. I also use a lot of print books -- and here too I am very satisfied with the collection -- I hardly ever need to go outside the University for a book. New books seem to show up fairly quickly too.

2. I feel spending money more for electronic resources would be wiser than doing the same for additional or improvement of physical spaces. It is cheaper, more accessible, and safer (less travel at odd hours).

3. I also would like to have better (and more) e-access to journals, dissertations and documents.

4. Keep print materials alive! Maybe I'm a traditionalist, but it is the print collections of books and journals that make a library an asset to a university and community.

5. I've put "dissatisfied" with electronic journals because frequently I can't access journals I need, either because the library has no physical or electronic copy, or because they only have a physical copy and I am unable to physically go to Chicago to read it (I'm in anthropology, where we all spend several years doing fieldwork outside the US).

6. If something is not digitized, make it easier please to have it digitized.

7. Making it easier to get digitized materials from the library's archives

8. There are a few more obscure journals that I can't find electronically, but for the most part I'm very happy with the amount of scholarship online.

9. I feel spending money more for electronic resources would be wiser than doing the same for additional or improvement of physical spaces. It is cheaper, more accessible, and safer (less travel at odd hours).

10. We're at the stage of electronic research where the most important dimension is time; the speed at which I can find, read and ingest a particular article from any source is the most important variable to me. The more electronic journals the library has access to and the better the search engines I use (WoS and Google Scholar), the better my research becomes.

11. Also, not easy to one-click access Jstor, etc to find articles quickly

12. The most important thing to me is quick (electronic) access of the journals and books I'm interested in. The biggest thing that would help me is more ebooks. The second biggest thing would be to have a more streamlined experience when finding articles- sometimes I have to use one search engine or another, or go through the journal's link on lib.uchicago directly. I realize that some of this is external to your website but having quick citation links and cited by features makes a BIG difference. I mostly use google scholar for my first attempt so features that are integrated well with that are time-savers for me

13. The online resources are fantastic

14. I use mostly the electronic resources and have yet to have any major problems.

15. The e-journal access is really wonderful. I use it all the time. I will miss it a lot when I graduate and hope I wind up somewhere with a comparable system!

16. The E-journals list is probably the library service I use the most. It's basically very good, and I'm largely completely satisfied with it, but I do occasionally go looking for something and not find it.

17. Overall, the E-journals is by far what I use the library for the most and I am extremely satisfied with its services and capabilities.

18. As a Singapore-based Booth student, entering a Chicago database or archive is probably easier than it seems but hasn't been required for academic or personal needs.

19. I use electronic journals all the time. the collection is very good

20. I use PubMed to find journal articles online constantly. If that's what is meant by "Electronic journals and magazines" then that rates an 11

21. The other electronic journal sources are generally fine by me.

22. There are a few more obscure journals that I can't find electronically, but for the most part I'm very happy with the amount of scholarship online.

23. No support is needed, I get everything I need through the electronic resources via the student portal for Booth.

24. E-journals are great!

25. continue expanding electronic access to journals and books

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More E-Resources General

26. make everything digital so we don't have to go to the library and find books on a stack. That is more time consuming and less convenient.

27. More online materials (books, journals, newspapers, etc).

28. I would love versions of things I can put on my Kindle and not print out.

29. I'd be perfectly content to switch all journals to purely electronic content, with no print versions. But first, we need electronic versions of all journal subscriptions. There are a few significant ones that aren't available yet.

30. I access the library online for magazines, books etc. and wish we had more access to them

31. More digitization

32. Digitize as many print collections. Electronic databases time out or simply do not perform much of the time

33. Digitize as many print collections

34. Digital collections should include more far-flung sources.

35. Subscribe more publishers digitally and provide remore access to the subscribed catalogs (like Sprinter).

36. Everything digitized as much as possible.

37. greater access to online journals, ebooks, subscriptions etc.

38. Also, I would appreciate broader digitalized collections of materials, and access to such at other universities and research institutions.

39. Increased access to electronic journals and ebooks.

40. it is difficult to navigate through the electronic journals

41. but after that improvement should be expanding more online resources, increasing certain electronic journal subscriptions and online full-text and archival sources

42. more content available electronically

43. More electronic books, articles, nd other materials; anything accessible from off site is great.

44. More digital resources would be great. They are convenient, easy to access, and allow more than one researcher at a time to use the same resource. We often have problems with multiple students needing the same text at the same time.

45. More digitized books and journals would be great

46. More electronically available sources please

47. More online books and journals

48. More full-text collections of journals and books.

49. More recent journal articles should be available through online sources. Also, it would be nice if all of the library's books were available in some digital format. I really don't need to have to come to the library to pick up a book when the technology exists to have the book in electronic form (i.e., pdf, etc.). If the library had electronic versions of books then there should be someway to access that via the internet if we have library privileges.

50. It would be great more/everything were digitized and the online catalog linked you to the electronic version for download/viewing.

51. The availability of digital versions of any library resource would be helpful because my schedule does not allow me extensive time to be in the library searching for what I need.

52. The library needs increased access to electronic scientific journals, electronic magazines, and electronic books.

53. The more information online, the better. Booth student aren't in Hyde Park very often.

54. Subscribe to more journal and archival databases, catalogues, such as the U.S-China Million Books Project

55. You should have more eBook collections, with more recent titles, and you should pay attention to actuality of links to eJournals, and your electronic databases should cover all issues of given journal.

56. I would like to see the Library at Chicago to be as progressive as the library at the University of Michigan in terms of digitization.

57. Make more information available electronically and via the internet since many of us do not live in Chicago but must still continue our research in order to obtain our degrees.

58. More online journals and online books

59. The most important thing for my research and study would be simply an increase in the number of texts available online

60. I have been impressed and really satisfied with the vast amount of information that I can access just using the library's web site and online collections. Please keep supporting these media -- they are so helpful to someone who often works on school work at night and on the weekends, from home.

61. I do offsite research online. The ability to access the electronic journals and databases is PRICELESS!!!

62. Continue to obtain and expand access to a wide range of journals and books (both print and electronic).

63. Preservation and scanning of hard to obtain out-of-print books and materials. I understand that the materials are there to be used - it is hard to use a book that is literally crumbling apart in your hands every time you turn a page.

64. Continue getting access to as many electronic journals as possible. Having as thorough a collection of these as possible is very valuable!

65. Continue to expand online books and journals; continue to expand article databases.

66. Electronic journals and books are a tremendous time-saver. Please continue to digitize your subscriptions and collections.

67. Get more things available digitally

68. Additional electronic resources will continue to be key!

69. More online access

70. U of C has a lot of materials. It would be more helpful for me to have the materials in electronic form than paper form.

71. Increase access to digital collections.

72. Greater access/subscriptions to online resources.

73. Have more online material.

74. Could have more and easier access to e-resources.

75. More comprehensive e-journal list.

76. More digitized materials would be most helpful.

77. Improved journals access and improved digitization of manuscripts and books.

78. The more material we can access online/remotely, the better!

79. making as much as possible accessible online

80. Frequently requested texts could be digitized and made available electronically. This would ensure they are available to the vast majority of people and minimize the waiting period.

81. I often cannot access journals, ebooks or dissertations I need because the library does not subscribe to them. Please expand subscription to horticulture, ecology and science & society journals and databases, as well as making electronic versions of dissertations more readily available.

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More E-Books

82. Subscriptions to publisher's online books. It helps to find books on same topic from many authors and then select one that suits best for the purpose.

83. It would be great if the library could implement procurement of more e-books so that the same can be accessed by more students at the same time.

84. As I mentioned above: make electronic copies of books available for viewing / borrowing.

85. is it possible to have more ebooks for researchers?

86. Have more electronic books.

87. Having more electronic books available.

88. Access to the content of more books online.

89. Digital books! Digital borrowing! Please let this happen soon!

90. Electronic access to books. Most of the texts I use are published since 1940. It would be great to be able to access all of them online.

91. Extended e-Book access similar to the Springer E-books service but for a broader collection of publisher (probably beyond your control for the most part, but it is the most important thing to me).

92. I'm not sure if this is possible, but electronic editions of textbooks would be great.

93. Just more online scientific journals.

94. More e-books.

95. Add more e-books

96. more e-books/digitized books!!!!!

97. A wider collection of electronic books would be great

98. The electronic book selection is tiny.

99. If there was a greater variety of electronic books, I would probably use them.

100. Expanding electronic book collection.

101. Expansion of available number of ebooks

102. Given the limit of buget, maybe it is a good way to enhance our collection of e-books.

103. Greater access to electronic books and such--this is very helpful in scanning sources before checking out the book from the library, for example.

104. I have never encountered any electronic books in my field of study. If I could access books from the library online the way I can now choose to read journal articles online rather than in print, I would prefer to do that.

105. Yes, I think access to more electronic books would is critical.

106. I would like more electronic copies of books, especially ones that are often checked out / recalled

107. I would like to see more electronic books available online. As a student living outside of Chicago while completing my dissertation, the ability to access electronic books online is very important.

108. I would love to see a larger collection of ebooks!

109. I would personally enjoy having more books available online

110. Increase electronic book collection

111. It would be great if more books were available in electronic form. While this is fairly unrealistic for older materials, newer materials generally have digital forms available and having them would cut down on "recall wars" over print materials.

112. It would be nice to have a more extensive electronic book collection. While some folks favor the stacks, others do not.

113. I've recently acquired an e-reader, so digitized collections are becoming more convenient and useful for me. A broader collection would be ideal.

114. larger selection of digital sources, especially books

115. make more electronic books available

116. It would be extremely helpful to have books/articles digitalized or in electronic copy to lend out to students virtually. This would be especially helpful for hard-to-find books, such as books requested through interlibrary loan.

117. More access to digital books

118. More access to E-Books. For example, I have been at home and wanted to see the introduction to a Blackwell Inc book. Couldn't get to the library. Know it exists online somewhere. But we don't have access to it. Get everything digitally that we can, I say. I'll read it online. Print the rest, write all over it, etc

119. More access to e-books;

120. More books available in searchable electronic form would be great!

121. More books online, and better integration with existing web services.

122. More digitized books

123. More e book is needed

124. More e books

125. More e books are appreciated.

126. More e-books

127. more ebooks

128. More electronic book access so that I don't have to come all the way into the reg to look up a page or two would be helpful.

129. More electronic books would be helpful, particularly of popular items so that one never has to wait to access them. Also, text search of digital books would be nice (i.e. google)

130. more electronic versions of books would be great,

131. More scanned or easy to access electronic books, especially those textbooks used for campus courses.

132. Much more digitized offerings/scan what you already have to be accessible electronically -- more books that can be viewed through e-readers -- I check out books for a long time, and so it would be good for the library to have more electronic/digital books so that more people can share and also for ease; that way no worry about damaging book etc., can just be downloaded (temporarily).

133. Access to the content of more books online. Sometimes I only need to look up one small thing (or even a page number) but the book is checked out and it doesn't seem worth it to recall the book.

134. need more emphasis on electronic books (along the lines of e-journals)

135. Also, having access to more books online would help this problem tremendously, but the selection of books available online has been very limited.

136. Please, please put as many of your print books in a digital format that can be viewed or downloaded online. Please. please develop a system of lending digital copies of books, as many public libraries already have. None of the academic books are available in e-book format anywhere and this would be the most helpful thing I can think of: borrowing an electronic copy, even if the lending time is short, of academic books. Same goes for collections that are already digitized, like Eighteenth Century Books online. These books are available in PDFs that can only be printed or downloaded 50 pages at a time. It really is a hassle. But better than having to dig a print copy, naturally. Basically, I'd be in heaven if I could borrow electronic copies of books in our fantastic collections.

137. Providing e-book copies, especially of texts that are often put on reserve for courses, would be very helpful.

138. Have more electronic books (in general, it'd be great if all books could be accessed electronically).

139. Would use ebooks if there were more of them.

140. Wider access to online book collections is much needed. These collections are essential to students conducting research outside of Chicago who still require the library resources of the university (ie. for reference, in order to prepare lectures at international universities, etc.)

141. There should be more e-books

142. would like to have more recent electronic books which may be popular in the business world and/or text books

143. More digitized e-books would be helpful.

144. more access to online books

145. E-books help a lot.

146. Also, I have had to check out books to scan them to get digital copies, it would be great if the books were already digital or easier to access in a digital format (pdf).

147. I am not familiar with the e-book collection, but I see this as a potentially very useful resource, especially for people like myself who do extended fieldwork away from campus and sometimes need to refer to or read a book while away from campus. Honestly, I was not aware that the library had a significant collection of e-books, as I have only found a digital reference to one once or twice in my 5 years of graduate school. Perhaps it might be better to publicize this collection, and greatly expand it if possible. I find myself using Google Books quite frequently while in the field when I need to refer to something in an academic book, but that resource is significantly limited and often cuts you off before the point that you are looking for is made.

148. I know that you are currently working with Google to digitize some books, and journals, but really I would like to see most of the books in our collection digital. It makes searching them much easier, and it means less fighting over books.

149. more electronic versions of books would be great, although the collection is already very good.

150. For some reason there is no library access to most books digitalized by Google Books (Mountain View, California).

151. Like I mentioned earlier, having heavily used books scanned and made available online. This would help tremendously.

152. Subscribe eBooks from other publishers (in addition to Springer) - would be extremely useful

153. More digitally available books that can be accessed remotely.

154. More digital copies of books. I will often find a digital copy of a book I want on a google scholar search, but will have to pay for it or be a member of some library, database, or university to access that. Can UChicago subscribe to more of these databases or get our own digital copies?

155. EBooks can be extraordinarily useful for research, but collections seem to be uneven or random. A repertoire of canonical texts would be an extraordinary useful for any student, although I suppose that the scope of such a resource is limited by cost and copyright issues.

156. Also, online access to some of our textbooks were woefully inadequate, and some of them are used in undergrad and grad courses as well, so there is a sizable audience.

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 More E-Journals

157. Invest more for full coverage of all issues of electronic journals. Sometimes there are large breaks in coverage of journals.

158. more international e-journals

159. Again, electronic journal and magazines are too few.

160. More subscriptions to electronic journals.

161. Could increase online access to certain journals

162. Expand the back issues of online journals.

163. Expand your electronic resources to include more journal access online

164. I prefer to access journals online, but not all of the ones I need are available online. Some are not online at all, and other ones are online but the library doesn't have access.

165. I would like to see a wider variety of print journals and magazines available for online access. It would be amazing if any that are available in hard copy in the library are also available in electronic format.

166. I'd like more journals to be available online from previous years.

167. More access to electronic and archived journal articles

168. more access to electronic databases/journals

169. More collections of academic papers (proceedings of conferences, etc.) should be available electronically

170. More electronic journals and magazines, please.

171. a wider range of access to online academic journals

172. more full text journal articles available electronically;

173. more online journals!

174. More online resources, and more access to journals. Some of the access is limited to a certain year, which is often not useful

175. Purchase membership to more electronic journals

176. Put more journals/serials available online. A lot of great stuff is available, but more is always better in this area.

177. Some of the electronic journals could use more coverage, e.g. one journal may only cover the issues from 1999-2000, and for most of the time, it is exactly what came before 1999 or after 2000 that I needed.

178. Sometimes, when looking for a "rare" journal, it's not available online and I don't think I've ever gone into the library to look for it in print. More online journals!

179. Widen the amount of articles and scholarly journals students can access

180. Its a great library, mostly with greater access to E-journals.

181. Continue expanding access to even the most obscure journals please. It doesnt happen often, but I still sometimes find journals that I cannot access online.

182. I do find myself accessing its online journals quite frequently. Consequently, the greater the inventory of journals (and the greater the offline access granted to them) is very important to me.

183. The absolute most important thing to my research is access to a variety of different journals in the social sciences. The bigger the breadth the better! I cannot emphasize how much my research throughout my academic career has relied on PDF copies of articles from journals available online.

184. I have used print media infrequently. The absolute best thing is to have so many resources to cast wide for information!

185. the last set of questions: I don't search specifically for electronic books, but when I find that a book I need happens to be available electronically, I'm happy about it and I will often use it electronically rather than check it out.

186. As a nontraditional student in the Graham School. I most often use the library's Web site to access journals and database related to my classes. I am often thrilled at how much I can find online, without having to travel to campus to see the library in person. PLEASE continue to support and expand electronic journals -- they are so useful to me as a grad student who is often working from home.

187. More online subscriptions to scientific journals

188. Increase in online journal subscriptions

189. Access to more journals from PubMed?

190. The online access to journals has revolutionized my research! That's really all I need.

191. Broader direct access to multiple journals

192. I do not have access to some electronic science journals (although the names escape me).

193. There are still many journal articles (on Ingenta and Wiley Interscience, for example) that the University of Chicago does not currently have access to (although they are technically available).

194. I would like access to more journals through JSTOR.

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195. More article databases!

196. More easily accessible databases

197. Need to expand more business-focused databases.

198. the electronic databases and journal/magazine collections could be improved; there is often a long period of time to wait before recent articles are available electronically; I would like to see a database that combines social science and humanities journals more effectively than MUSE or JSTOR does; a database that is oriented towards making quantitative social scientific information available to those who focus on qualitative social science research would also be helpful

199. There are some online databases that have peer reviewed journals that would really benefit my research, that which I cannot find on Jstor, for example.

200. Also, please do keep (and expand!) the subscriptions to online article databases.

201. I would like to see a database that combines social science and humanities journals more effectively than MUSE or JSTOR does; a database that is oriented towards making quantitative social scientific information available to those who focus on qualitative social science research would also be helpful

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Specific Titles / Types of Resources

202. 1) the oreilly book collection : my shitty liberal arts college had full access, but we only have preview level access? if i wanted to read the first chapter and the index i'd go through! the oreilly books are excellent, if not definitive, references on their topic at the time they are published. 2.) IEEE/ACM portal. really? i know we're a theory school, but... really? f*** theory. i want some results, and i can't read about them unless i have a personal ACM memberhsip. again, the liberal arts undergrad-only school i attended puts this "world class" institution to shame.

203. More electronic books especially in Computer Science

204. Online access to IEEE and JEPT would be helpful

205. more "applied" technical resources, e.g. oreilly books and ACM portal

206. It would be excellent if you could get more ebooks on subjects like computer programming, languages like R, Perl, and Python.

207. Please get the numerical recipes in c or c++ source code in an electronic format that can be downloaded

208. Add access to IEEE journals, esp. IEEE-MTT.

209. Please subscribe to more IEEE online journals (I use IEEE articles on a daily basis but can't get to any of them without tons of work)

210. IEEE Xplore Digital Library access (e.g. Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium)

211. Please improve access to Optical Society of America journals (from the proxy in particular).

212. Please improve access to Optical Society of America journals

213. Electronic versions of earlier issues of the Journal of the Optical Society of America

214. Add SPIE journal

215. wider variety of medical and science journals covered

216. The library does not have the most recent year of the American Heart Association journals (Circulation, ATVB, Circulation Research, Hypertension, Stroke) available online. This is a continual problem for me. How can a world-class university hospital not have the preeminent journals of the cardiology field completely available?

217. There are a number of medical journals online that students seem not to have access to

218. There are some academic journals that I have been unable to find electronic versions of the older volumes (such as the Journal of American Medical Association).

219. SSA and/or Regenstein need a more comprehensive collection of Social Work journals directly accessible through the library website.

220. I would not however, mind a broader selection of e-books and scientific journals. For instance, I work on fungi and algae, so I would appreciate having electronic access to issues within the past year (currently we have access to all issues except the most recent 12 months).

221. More dates in jstor, reaching further back, and updated more regularly. Current subscriptions would be nice.

222. and if there is any way for the library to support or advocate for non-profit or open access publishing in social sciences and humanities, I think that would be absolutely brilliant. I think there would be a HUGE audience for a preprint archive like that catered to the humanities and social sciences, and it would be wonderful, for example, to see the library take the lead in a project like this. I believe arxiv is managed by Cornell, so apparently these projects are feasible on the campus level...-

223. Please get a full subscription to the journal "Symbolic Interaction" either in print or, preferably, electronically. The University of Chicago is the birthplace of the whole sociological and philosophical perspective behind this important journal, yet we don't have access to the full record of the journal.

224. I would like to see the Library continue to subscribe to new digitized collections of manuscripts/archival materials, especially those that target non-European history.

225. I've come across a handful of journals that are useful for my field, but for which we do not have online access for all years-- Social Cognition and Journal of Positive Psychology are two that come to mind.

226. I have found on several occasions that the Library does not have an electronic journal I am looking for (English Language and Literature is the one that comes to mind), or does not have issues of a given electronic journal before some date (e.g. Phonetica before 1998); in both cases electronic access is possible (e.g. at other universities).

227. Please, get Telos online or have scanned versions available.

228. Put TELOS online We should really e-subscribe to the journal Telos. I recognize that you probably don't ultimately have control over this, but the HathiTrust thing is very frustrating insofar as much of what they have obviously could be full-text but isn't because of "copyright restrictions." But I very much doubt that the copyright restrictions for books from late c19 France are even possibly as stringent as that suggests.

229. Where is the Political Theory Journal, Telos? The Library has it on the bookshelves, but an electronic resource would have helped me a lot this year.

230. I wish that older issues were made available online. For example, Merrill Palmer Quarterly does not have the earlier issues available online. It would be great if print versions could be accessed online, if this is possible

231. increase in digitilized collection of near eastern manuscripts; full membership to more electronic journals

232. I think as many digital resources as possible, the better. I spend a lot of time overseas and it's important to be able to find things online. The University of Chicago has a great deal of electronic holdings, but it would be great to increase them, particularly foreign language social science resources (specifically Japanese!).

233. Perhaps greater access could be obtained to electronic databases of journal articles in Taiwan.

234. Perhaps electronic access to literary lexicons, such as the Kindler for the German researchers, or Joachim Ritter's encyclopedia of the history of concepts.

235. It's not convenient for me as a part-time MBA student to go to library often. So electronic versions of journals and magazines, and books are extremely important to me. However, I don't see a variety of them, for example, no Wall Street Journal, Economists, Businessweeks, etc. It would be nice to have them electronically available.

236. Online Newspaper subscriptions such as Wall Street Journal would be nice

237. Please acquire more statistics and econometric books in e-format.

238. Please add This would be a fantastic resource for anyone trying to understand market trends in an industry

239. Please more E-journals, even obscure ones in random journals like fisheries science

240. The electronic biology journal collections focus on recent journals. Would like to see more older articles (1980s) from ecological/botanical journals (e.g. Phycologia) available online

241. Please subscribe to the Wire, a UK music mag-

242. Online digitized music scores (like Indiana) would be useful.

243. The electronic book collection is sorely lacking. It would also be of great help to have clearer, easier access (and instructions) to Chinese online materials, especially early periodicals.

244. On a somewhat related matter, I would like to express my gratitude for access to the Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker - an excellent collection of texts, exemplarily edited!

245. Electronic subscription to Chinese academic journals should expand to include architectural ones.

246. Common Market Law Journal/Common Market Law Review (can't recall the title off the top of my head) needs to be available via electronic journal collection.

247. I think that an ever wider collection of electronic journal sources would be good, especially foreign law journals.

248. Spend all of my time at Gleacher, but would love to get remote access to do industry analysis.

249. There are some specialized medical journals available electronically that would help but the most important ones are held. is critical for me.

250. the two resources i find myself missing the most in this process are the IEEE/ACM portal, and the oreilly books. there's some other journals too, but they come up less often.

251. I would like to see added the access to and to Dealogic

252. get

253. I would like to see, (for use in finance) a more comprehensive database for historical securities prices.

254. Abailability of old databases for econometric analysis.

255. Could use subscriptions to more international journals on-line.

256. It may be interesting to expand the collection of CD-ROM or digital versions of out-of-print or regionally really specific periodicals and journals. Bulletins from regional associations are of particular interest and importance for my work, and I would definitely use intensively any digital format available through the library.

It would be great if the University had a digitized collection of anatomical atlases (either of illustrations or cadavers) as well as a digitized collection of radiographic images. These would be enormously helpful.

257. I also think you should subscribe to the digital Papers of Thomas Jefferson Collection, from UVA.

258. A subscription to Newsbank/Readex's American Broadsides and Ephemera Series I (1760-1900) would be very helpful.

259. Scanning the archival material would be extremely useful for research (especially if it was searchable in the catalog) and would help preserve it

260. Data library.

261. Please subscribe to Tanner-Ritchie's MEMSO database.

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RefWorks / EndNote /Zotero

262. Would like endnote licenses instead of RefWorks.

263. My only frustration with RefWorks is that it doesn't actually generate the kinds of bibliography pages that one could use for a publication. I am not sure if this is a problem with the way RefWorks interfaces with the library catalog or what but often times because different catalog entries will have different types of bibliographic information, it's impossible to get RefWorks to produce a standardized, consistent bibliography page.

264. RefWorks NEVER works correctly. It's very hard to use.

265. The refworks is not that clear to use. I would just rather use Citation Machine or the Word Reference tool.

266. RefWorks is decent, but EndNote is so vastly superior, even considering the cost, that I only used it for about a week before switching over.

267. I would like more citation index capabilities in article databases.

268. Refworks, while it has some great capabilities, is not user-friendly, does not work well enough with the catalog (must import items one at a time, whereas it would be useful to be able to import multiple items from the Library site at once), and does not work with Google Books.

269. Either more RefWorks training sessions at a variety of times or a better online guide to using RefWorks (particularly getting access to it once you've set up an account) would be helpful.

270. Don't understand why anyone uses online Refworks either, since its interface seems preposterously sluggish.

271. For Refworks - I just wish it were easier to use - or easier to learn how to use it. I'm certain that many of these items would be fantastic if I had more time to try them. I wish it were easy to figure out what's relevant for me and to learn it quickly.

272. I find the interface with RefWorks to be quite confusing--there's so much clicking involved in putting an item in RefWorks, I wind up giving up and building my bibliography manually! And in RefWorks itself, the interface is not very user-friendly. Still, I'm sure that's probably outside the UC Library's control--you have to work with the design you've got! And I'm grateful to have access if I want it.

273. I haven't been able to get Refworks to work on my computer for the past 3 years. The links never seem to work anymore. I've contacted both the library and NSIT multiple times and have not gitten it resolved. Either fix Refworks or get free access to another bibliographic database to make inserting references into papers easier.

274. I tried RefWorks and found it generally cumbersome and of only marginal use. I now use EndNote, but only grudgingly. In general, I think all reference management software is poorly designed and inflexible at this point in time.

275. Tried RefWorks early on and, like so many online software resources, found it sluggish and far inferior to PC based resources and what I'd been using (EndNote). Still use EndNote and have generally been very satisfied with it. I coun't on good information from the library (and up to date filters, etc.) to use EndNote well with the library collection.

276. I use Refworks because it gives me anywhere access to my sources (unlike Zotero), but it is extremely cumbersome and has several quirks with importing library metadata. I inevitably have to go through and edit each entry by hand to, say, remove dates from author name field or to correct punctuation and spaces. It also doesn't recognize pipes, which are part of the URLs for library records. I use it because you have it and I need that functionality, but it sure does suck.

277. If RefWorks became less bulky and easier to use, it would be a great service. It has the worst menu and navigation of any tool I've used for bibliography management. I still use it, but it is a painful experience. I long for an improved version or a difference service provider altogether.

278. Refworks is the ugliest interface and not the most user-friendly. So glad I bought EndNote.

279. I love RefWorks. It's a great way to make research productive rather than circular.

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Find It!

280. I've found that the "Find It" button doesn't work on some of the databases that I use, so I need to manually plug in my ILL request, etc.

281. Make findit button less obtrusive operationally (one should be able to open a new tab by right clicking it, etc.)

282. Oh My God FIND IT button is the best thing in the world. Occasionally, the information does not process correctly and I end up at the homepage of the journal's website, (this happened with Geology).

283. in my experience the FindIt button tends to mean that the source is not easily available and interlibrary loans will be necessary, which are often too time-consuming;

284. Also, the FindIt button frequently directs me to e-journals or databases that I am not given access to.

285. Sometimes the Findit button ends up being a dead link. And often, I will use the FindIt button to figure out which online databases carry the journal that I need in the year that I need, but when I input the exact year or volume number of the article I'm looking for it takes me to a generic page for the journal - or worse, to a generic page for the database. I'm sorry that I can't remember exactly which databases do this the most (I didn't realize that I should commit that information to memory).

286. The find it button from Worldcat RARELY works when linking to the library catalog. Even when we have the item, it often says that it is not found. It also doesn't link directly to an article.

287. The find it button rarely gives me what I am actually trying to find, and I have to engage the process manually

288. The FindIt button does not work (by which I mean, bring one to a catalog listing for the item without further searching) a significant portion of the time, particularly for e-journal articles. Similarly, the last time I tried to use RefWorks, it did not correctly read in book information from the library's own catalog and I had to reformat all the bibliographic listings - defeating about 80% of the point of using an integrating search/bibliography software program!

289. the FindIt button has too many steps, and shouldn't open up several new windows for every query -- it should immediately redirect to the final site (or perhaps have a two-pane view, with the uchicago stuff at the top, and the referred website in the larger bottom pane

290. The FindIt button is a good idea, but something about the library's implementation, and the whole system of e-journal searches, is cumbersome, at least in my view as a web user. The system proliferates new web browser windows, and often provides links that aren't easily openable in a new tab (the links to journal access sites are like this), opting instead to open journals in new windows without address bars. I suspect that this aspect of the site could be streamlined, both from a user interface perspective and in terms of sheer speed. It takes several seconds just to load the e-journal list from off-campus...

291. The FindIt button often leads to a long hunt for the correct article in a journal after clicking on many links. Perhaps if there was a more direct way to find the pdf or be alerted that there is no pdf available, that would be helpful.

292. I don't remember the specific problem, but sometimes when I have clicked the Find it button for a resource, the catalog gets confused and thinks it doesn't have it, when it really does.

293. The findit button often doesn't work at all, or I have to retype in all my citation information.

294. The FindIt button could be more conspicuous, maybe bright yellow.

295. TO find an article in a particular database, there are too many screens/steps to go through, and then half the time I find the article and have some sort of access problem that requires me to renew my proxy login and start all over again.

296. "find it" needs a serious over haul. Many times i have to manually navigate via catalog search, because the "find it" function sends me to a useless page or tells me that the article is not available even though it is.

297. As a scientist I use elecrtonic journals a lot. When you search for articls like Scopus or Web of Science, there is a button "Find it!" which I would like to improve. A lot of times there is only one option with full access to chose from, so can it be done that if it is the only one it will be chosen automatically?

298. especially for electronic journals there should be a more direct link to the pdf file of the articles I need because it gets confusing to have to click on many links before finally finding the article, sometimes to realize there is no full article availablility

299. Finding a journal article from SciFinder sometimes ends up opening 3 or 4 windows. Can this be changed?

300. I feel like the connections between SFX "find it", the library catalog, and non-Library websites like Jstore, Academic source premier, and press specific cites (for journals with a moving wall) is often labrynthine and difficult to navigate, sometimes sending one in circles and resulting in several open browser windows to download one PDF. This problem, though, might be out of the library's control.

301. I really find the "FindIt" engine for searching e-journals very very helpful. Something akin to that for books would be wonderful.

302. Expand FindIt to other areas besides electronic journals (e-books?) is great!

303. The FindIt button is so helpful! I've been able to find almost ANY journal article I've ever searched for. I was really impressed by this.

304. Oh My God FIND IT button is the best thing in the world.

305. I'll admit I haven't used it in a while (for precisely this reason), but all the FindIt button ever seems to do is take me to the page where I do my own search to see if material (particularly articles) is available through the University. It doesn't save any time and the fact that it opens multiple windows/tabs (again, for articles) is annoying.

306. FindIt button only sometimes works -- building up a personal knowledge of which databases more reliably have fulltext for a given field is more useful.

307. Findit could be improved regarding periodicals: it often fails to locate print collections, but does well with online collections.

308. FindIt often does not link you to an article - I often get an error stating that access has been denied or removed . . . which can be frustrating when it happens one 3 or 4 subsequent searches

309. The FindIt button never connects to anything in the catalog, even if the item does exist. Perhaps it is the search via ISBN that trips it up?

310. Occasionally I can't access an online journal that I am led to through PubMed

311. Often times, when I attempt to use the SFX link finder, an article cannot be found or accessed. Very frustrating.

312. It would be nice if there was a button in PubMed linking to the article like there is in the ISI Web of Knowledge site

313. I often find myself frustrated by not being able to get electronic versions of journal articles through the "find it" feature.

314. The FindIt button has changed my life as a scholar. Please never take it away.

315. The system for accessing journal articles (ex- from PubMed) is inefficient and frustrating.

316. Often I find useful article citations through database searches, but the article is not found on-line.

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E-Journals Database

317. The e-journal database is extremely redundant and difficult to use. Rather than having a searchbar on the main page for journal names, it would be much more useful to me if I could click once and be directed to a search for keywords among many journals

318. Take keyword off as the default e-journal option.


One thing I would like a lot is that it be clear which is the "main" archive for a journal when searching electronically. For example, if I search for Nature in e-journals, there are four different databases that have it, but it would be nice for Nature itself to be highlighted - Science is even less apparent in this regard.

320. Change the Ejournals search tool back to how it was a few years ago, before it was changed.

321. When I used it last, the e-journal list was too long and non-searchable. The load times for either set of resources is quite long, and I always come away frustrated, even if I found what I wanted.

322. would be nice if e-journals list were more readily searchable for near-matches and when entering partial journal titles that don't include the start of the journal name

323. Searching for a journal article can be confusing

324. Searching for journals should not just be on a list. There should be an option, like on jstor of the catalog, where one can type in a title or author and have ejournal search returns come up. With the e-journals list, one must already know the title of journals, which isn't always the case when one is searching for a particular article or a type of article.

325. The E-journals list and Database Finder are really long and hard to use for finding resources. Even if I know an exact reference to a journal article I need, it is faster to find it by searching the author's names with Web of Science than to dig it out directly with the E-journals list. That seems backwards to me; having a direct reference to an article should very quickly yield it in fulltext form.

326. the E-journals search is also useless, much like the book catalog. seriously, please change your search engine.

327. Again, the E journals search tool was perfectly fine a couple of years ago, when you could choose 'starts with', 'keyword' or the exact thing you wanted. The option to choose the exact journal that I type in has been removed, so now I have to scroll through often dozens of irrelevant journals that are brought up when I type in the exact name of the journal I want. For example I will type in 'Journal of Bacteriology' and 1000 choices will come up, all starting with the word 'Journal', but the one I want is halfway down the list. Please return to the old search tool.

328. You do as good as job as anywhere with access to e-journals, but occasional database lapses with missing back issues and missing articles are frustrating, even if they aren't your fault.

329. For what I use it for which is primarily E-journal database the tab was difficult to locate.

330. The online search for EJournals is awkward and difficult to search.

331. I wish that when I clicked on E-journals, the default for the search box was "starts with" instead of "keywords". Every time I use this route to get articles, I already have the reference (including journal name, volume, pages, etc.) and I can't imagine trying to find a journal by keyword would be very useful.

332. I would like to be able to access every journal digitally, including back issues, if that is possible.

333. also, if possible, make "find it" more streamline. now it takes several steps to finally get the pdf articles. when getting several articles and each has to to through all the steps, a simplified procedure would really help.

334. Take keyword off as the default e-journal option.

335. The e-journal database is extremely redundant and difficult to use

336. The electronic journal search database is terrible.

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Database Finder

337. Database Finder is not easy to use, and may benefit from some extra categories, such as "book reviews," and the like

338. database finder seems complicated and convoluted, not self intuitive and therefore frustrating at times.

339. Database finder is jumbled ad difficult to use. Most of the searching works very poorly off campus and I am unable to access articles. What is find it!?

340. Again, the electronic search tools across the Regenstein databases is very cumbersome. Can you implement a Google search engine to make it easier? I wish I could use Google when searching these databases.

341. My typical way of finding articles is PubMed -> link to journal's website. I dread when the link isn't there and I have to find an article through the electronic databases / e-journal list.

342. the database finder could have more information about the kinds of information available in each database;

343. Search capabilities are very, very bad across multiple databases.

344. sometimes when you search for e-databases, you cannot find one that you use consistently- the hits vary from visit to visit, for some reason

345. streamline the Database Finder, Ejournals, etc. sections so that we can find materials more quickly, and without redundancies. I think these 2 in particular are a little redundant.

346. The database finder really doesn't work to actually find anything in Psychology. I used it all the time as an undergrad at Washington University, but it is unusable here

347. Improved interface for electronic-resource location.

348. Alternate sorting principles for online databases other than alphabetical (e.g., thematic, disciplinary) would be useful for finding sources with which one is unfamiliar going in.

349. Please add the MLA catalogue to the direct access buttons in the Database Finder

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Search Interfaces / Navigation

350. it would be great if there was a link from the catalog page to a place that listed current electronic holdings by volume or year or both because I spend a good amount of time figuring out whether there is a problem with my gaining access from my cnet account, a problem with the publisher's site, or a whether we don't have access to that particular volume of a particular journal.

351. a search portal that allows us to search digitized collections using proximity operators.

352. i would recommend putting more resources into designing a way to better consolidate across electronic databases and book searches.

353. It would be wonderful to be able to search books electronically in an effective way.

354. it would be great if the library had a feature that allowed you to search using citations w/o having to seperate the components.

355. If the lib. had some kind of e-image catalogue, that would have helped me out - or if there is one, I don't know about it!)

356. Streamlined online databases.

357. A better search engine across the various business databases!!!!!!!!!!!

358. Better keyword searches for scientific volumes that include titles from within the work itself

359. Better journal interface.

360. Improved search engines.

361. Article databases can be very hard to navigate.

362. Also, though this clearly has nothing to do with the library per se, I have to say that my research is frequently slowed down by the proliferation of badly designed and poorly implemented commercial journal archives -- in my view, none of the commercial sites are as good as JSTOR

363. better search tools

364. The online resources are not integrated in a manner that encourage use.

365. By making remote online access to journal articles much easier and more efficient.

366. I am satisfied with the journals that the Library has, but very dissatisfied with the accessibility of those journals. I almost never look for journals in the Reg any more because finding a journal article on the Library's website, or with the database finders takes so long. I tend to go to the Oriental Institute's Archives because I can actually find what I'm looking for when I go there

367. make it easier to find articles online.

368. Easier access to eBooks would be great. For example, rather than linking to a Springer-Verlag page that has a link to a set of 20 PDFs, it would be great to just have a link to the whole book. The more layers of links inbetween the catalog and the item, the more likely it seems that something gets broken in the chain and I end up unable to access it.

369. EBSCO host is a pain to browse (which, I realize, the library can't control, but I try to avoid it when I can).

370. EBSCO is terrible and links to e-sources other than J-stor don't often work or have very limited PDFs available.

371. Enable better searching of electronic content. Offer ability to look for a particular volume of newspapers and magazines i.e. ability to search and find all articles in say June 2002 edition of Harvard Business Review

372. Finding things in the Library is needlessly difficult. The search features rarely display results pertinent to the search, and the databases that I use to find articles are almost entirely useless when it comes to finding articles related to keyword searches. Often, I can even have the full citation of a source, and still be unable to find that source unless I go to the citation finder.

373. Heinonline's search functions are terrible.

374. I have used the electronic databases and found them difficult to navigate but very useful. All my classes are at Gleacher and I live in the NW suburbs so remote access to electronic and digitized information is critical and essential for Masters level course and thesis research.

375. I know this is not in your control, but the search feature in the Gale collection of 19th-century British newspapers is not satisfactory. I am so grateful to have those papers accessible online, I can hardly describe it, but the search feature is very difficult to use. Thank you for making it available to us in any case.

376. I may be wrong about this, but it seems like there are multiple ways to search the same databases. This can be confusing if you don't know what the best search option is.

377. I often have trouble when I search the cataglogue for a journal - usually the electronic page where that journal can be found is linked to on the catagalogue, but for some reason when I click on that link I am led to a page that says that I need to be a registered user to see the journal. Of course, I know the university is a registered user, so the solution is to go back to the Library website and go directly to the site that hosts the journal (like Ebsco), but shouldnt the link on the catalogue take me there with no problem?

378. Improving electronic sources should be first priority.

379. Improve the electronic database and library search functions (lens etc) i often don't use them because they rarely give me what i'm looking for / irritate me.

380. journals and electronic journal articles more easily accessible through the library catalog

381. make it easier to access electronic journal articles

382. make it easier to navigate databases, journals and other electronic sources, etc

383. Please make online databases easier to use. Since they've consolidated, some are not as easy to use. Or when you go to look for a particular article, you find only an abstract. Full text is what I need.

384. the search tool changed recently and I really don't like the changes. Please bring back the old search tool.

385. Since a lot of the databases have now been consolidated, it's not always as easy to find articles online. It used to be though. Maybe the vendors need some feedback, especially whoever is responsible for EBSCO.

386. i would recommend putting more resources into designing a way to better consolidate across electronic databases and book searches.

387. The organization of information and links regarding electronic resources is often difficult for me to navigate. Is there anyway to group some of this stuff in multiple genres - e.g. Philosophy links and resources, German language links and resources, links and resources related to a certain country, etc.?

388. The search functions related to the various databases is confusing and very difficult to use. I generally get better results with a search on Google than I do on the university databases. I feel like I need a masters degree in librarcy science just to search for the articles or information that I'm looking for...extremely frustrating.

389. Try to make search engines more accessible and easier to use. It isn't as intuitive as it could be to find the right database in order to conduct searches for particular items

390. Well I am happy to have access to electronic journals, the portals and authentications are cumbersome. Often to get to an electronic journal 3-5 independent browser sessions are required to be opened. It is an area where improvement could make an appreciated difference.

391. Would like a way to search images And I know this is with LENS, but would love more robust personal collection management and a way to email self cites.

392. The only thing I can say is that I've had difficulty locating journal articles that are existent in the library's collection only online. If there is any way to improve the efficiency of locating journal articles, etc., online I think it would behoove the library to do it.

393. Again, there should be a way to search multiple databases

394. E-journals access is confusing and it often takes many attempts and clicking through layers of websites to get access.

395. E-journals and database search interfaces are badly designed. I'd rather have something straightforward in HTML as opposed to these javascript things that default to searching by keyword. Often I just use the regular title search. More categorization of existing E-journals and databases by subject would be really nice (maybe this exists somewhere??)

396. great access to e-journals.

397. I only use the libraries online resources such as e-journals and databases. However, the organizational methodology is poor. I shouldn't have to go to 4 different databases to source one article. I should be able to search for the article in the library search and be directed to that article/resource.

398. I wish that searching the libraries collections of e-journals wasn't so confusing, and that you could find them on the library catalog.

399. I'm not sure what good an e-journals list does, and the database finder is really a pain (you might consider a description of some of the indexes so I know what they are; I just always use the ones that I know, which is a very small subset).

400. The reference material is diffiicult to find on-line. Make it easier to find. EX: Chicago Style Manual, Census Data etc.

401. I have found it difficult to find and search for information that I otherwise would think to be easy to find. Using key words does not seem to work well and results are sometimes circular in nature and you never really get to the raw data or the full article (always circles back to a summary). I find using Wikipedia to be much easier, although who knows the accuracy of the information?

402. I have used the electronic databases and found them difficult to navigate but very useful. All my classes are at Gleacher and I live in the NW suburbs so remote access to electronic and digitized information is critical and essential for Masters level course and thesis research.

403. I know this is not in your control, but the search feature in the Gale collection of 19th-century British newspapers is not satisfactory. I am so grateful to have those papers accessible online, I can hardly describe it, but the search feature is very difficult to use. Thank you for making it available to us in any case.

404. I do extensive on-line searching, usually through PubMed and access the library's collection through that. The easier and more straitforward it is, the more helpful it is for me.

405. Search options are very good nowadays for most options.

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406. Some (electronic) journals relevant to my research are not available

407. Every once in a while, a journal will not be available for my field (linguistics) online, and I notice this more often than I do if a physical book is not on the shelves.

408. Quicker processing time on requested new journals and e-journals would be nice.

409. here is always one or two journal articles that I want which are not available for electronic download. But they usually come from obscure journals and I can really do without them.

410. There are quite of few journal subscriptions that have limited electronic access. It's troubling that our subscription does not cover back issues. But if that is to be, it would be helpful for that information to be listed on the catalog page

411. There are gaps between the library's print journal collections and the digital collections of the same journal. Sometimes there are significant gaps of 5 years or more between when the print collection ends and the digital collection begins, or there are "digital versions" that don't actually provide access to full versions of journal articles, so that it is rather difficult to access certain social science journal articles. Too often, the links from the library catalog to the online provider do not work, too - a minor annoyance, but since someone has gone to the trouble of putting the link in, why not make sure it works?

412. When looking up electronic journal articles about 1 in 8 or 1 in 10 are not available.

413. try to make an easier way to get to the latest issues of journals. Jstor is really good, but it only has papers older than a year or so.

414. Electronic access to journal articles is, for the most part, extremely easy and makes research a lot easier.... but it incredibly frustrating when access does not include either past archives (from the archives) or the most up-to-date.

415. Occasionally I can't access an online journal that I am led to through PubMed. Perhaps have an option when searching for journals on the library website to input missing journals to get an idea of what journals would be most useful to purchase?

416. You do as good as job as anywhere with access to e-journals, but occasional database lapses with missing back issues and missing articles are frustrating, even if they aren't your fault.

417. I only need help when the online access to journals is not working properly

418. These are mostly quite good--it's the electronic access that is a much bigger problem.

419. Correct linking errors in electronic journals.

420. We need more spots on the naxos music library site--I often can't access it because too many other users are online

421. Accessing articles through Ovid is difficult. It often doesn't work at all, and when it rarely does, it takes a long time to pull up the article. I always wince when I see that I have to pull up an article from any Ovid source because it is consistently a difficult endeavor that takes more time than I have to give.

422. In terms of the electronic book collection, I haven't run across very many in the catalog, and when I attempt to access them, something always goes wrong (though I haven't tried it in a while).

423. multiple times I have tried to access articles through NBECO (or something like that) and they are corrupt files. Probably 5-10% of the articles I should have access to come back corrupt, even if I try on different computers at different times of the day.

424. My only beef with the library is that I don't love JSTOR. I find that often those pdf's open very slowly on my computer.

425. Once in a while some electronic journals don't work, and they seem like ones that we should have (ie not obscure journals). It is very helpful if all electronic journals are working properly. If I am looking up something I need it right away, waiting a few days to get it in print or work out the problem with the link is not an option.

426. some electoronic journals or articles on article databases are not available.

427. Some electronic journals are not accessible.

428. Some of the articles from journals are found electronically but when I get to find the full version the site just collapses or it is unable to retrieve the material. It can be frustrating and time consuming.

429. Some times the electronic resources do not connect, so periodically checking if each one is properly working would help to insure that users can actually use these materials (i.e. Yomiuri Newspaper)

430. Sometimes I find an article and the publisher says that my institution does not have access to their ejournal. This happens frequently on Swetswise

431. Links to journals/articles available online need to be updated as I've find that a large number are dead.

432. And I've had recurring problems with ARTstor, so it is not a particularly reliable resource for me.

433. There are some online journals I can't access; I think IEEE is one of them.

434. Electronic access to journal articles is, for the most part, extremely easy and makes research a lot easier.... but it incredibly frustrating when access does not include either past archives (from the archives) or the most up-to-date.

435. JSTOR link did not wok for a while; I had to manually work around.

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 Digitizing Microforms

436. I would like to see more historical periodicals in digitized format. Right now, the only newspapers we have that cover Chicago in the 19th century are the Tribune (Pro-Quest) and the InterOcean (Nineteenth Century Newspapers). I'd love to see other 19th c newspapers, magazines, etc available -- the digitization is crucial because it's often impossible to find keyword terms in microfilm, but utterly easy to find them through digital materials.

437. Digitizing microfilm (I don't know if that's possible, but man, it would be awesome) or more microfilm machines with scanning and emailing capability. Printing and photocopying

438. Digitizing old microfiche/microfilm would be immensely helpful, as well as making digital copies of special collections material (if this is available, I haven't been able to find it on my own).

439. In terms of digitizing, getting much of what's on microfilm/fisch digitized would mean a lot. Often one is looking for something very specific and small. The amount of time needed to search microfilm, etc., is disproportionate to the reward.

440. Transfer the holdings of the microfilm/ microfiche collection to an online database.

441. It would be immensely helpful if more of the older book collections became digitized and if the Microfilm/Microfiche collections became available online.

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