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The use and effectiveness of the eLib subject gateways: a preliminary investigation

Mackie, M., and Burton, P.F. (1999) The use and effectiveness of the eLib subject gateways: a preliminary investigation. Program, 33 (4). pp. 327-337. ISSN 0033-0337 (doi:10.1108/EUM0000000006922)

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Abstract

Internet subject gateways were set up under the Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib) in order to address some of the problems of searching the Internet which have been identified by information professionals, i.e. locating relevant, good quality information. This preliminary study examines the extent to which academics in two universities use three eLib subject gateways (EEVL, OMNI and SOSIG). The results are generally encouraging for the eLib programme, but it is necessary for the gateways to be more effectively promoted. The study also found that academics do not have the same misgivings about the general search engines as the information professionals and seem to use them more readily than the gateways.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Internet; Information; Effectiveness
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Greig, Mrs Morag
Authors: Mackie, M., and Burton, P.F.
Subjects:Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
College/School:University Services > Library and Collection Services > Library
Journal Name:Program
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN:0033-0337
First Published:This paper was first published in Progam Vol 33 No 4, 1999
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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