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Title: Geoscientists' Access to Publications of State Geological Surveys / Julie Hallmark Bichteler
Authors: Hallmark, Julie
Keywords: Library Users
State Publications
Information Access
Issue Date: 1992
Publisher: Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) http://www.geoinfo.org/
Citation: Geoscientists' Access to Publications of State Geological Surveys. 1992. Geoscience Information Society Proceedings 22:201-207.
Series/Report no.: Published Papers;A-1992-015
Abstract: Publications of state geological surveys are invaluable to the geoscience community in that they often contain unique, specialized information found nowhere else. They may, however, have been underutilized, due in part to limited access. To provide data on which to base improvements in access, this study investigated the means by which geoscientists first became aware of survey publications that they cited in journal articles published in 1991. A personalized letter to the first author of 53 journal articles requested information on the mode of access. The return rate of 96% confirmed geologists' interest in this question. Results show that most geologists accessed these publications through citations in papers they read, suggestions from colleagues, or personal connections with the survey. No one used the Bibliography and Index of Geology or GeoRef, and librarians played little or no role in access. An obvious conclusion is that information specialists should be much more aggressive in providing information awareness and dissemination to their users.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/684
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