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From Chemical Abstracts to SciFinder: Transitioning to SciFinder and Assessing Customer Usage

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Author(s)

Susan L. Makar, Stacy M. Bruss

Abstract

The Research Library of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) monitors SciFinder usage to ensure customers have ready access to the database and to determine who uses it. Usage statistics played a critical role in determining whether to increase the number of seats and which heavy users should help pay for those additional seats. While most NIST researchers were very excited to acquire access to this product, many, who were well acquainted with using the print version of Chemical Abstracts, needed to learn best techniques for searching and browsing the chemistry literature using SciFinder. Transitioning from the printed Chemical Abstracts to SciFinder posed significant challenges to one research project. This presentation will describe how the NIST Research Library used SciFinder usage statistics to make collection development decisions and how library staff worked with NIST researchers to successfully transition from the printed Chemical Abstracts to SciFinder. - See more at: http://www.acscinf.org/content/240-abstracts#S8

Citation

Makar, S. and Bruss, S. (2010), From Chemical Abstracts to SciFinder: Transitioning to SciFinder and Assessing Customer Usage, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=906519 (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created August 22, 2010, Updated February 19, 2017