Organization of Materials
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Collection Development Issues
- Does the product support the instructional and research needs of the University?
- Is there a demonstrated need for this product?
- Does product duplicate materials in other formats?
- Does product provide materials not otherwise available in the collection?
- Will materials be needed for more than ten years or semi-annual? At present,
the stability of the disks is guaranteed for about eight years?
- Is cancellation of other formats a possibility?
- Is access improved?
- Does usage or condition of print source merit duplication in another format?
- Is updated frequency sufficient?
- Is the publisher reputable?
- Are similar products available from different vendors?
- Are subscription and maintenance costs reasonable when compared with the
of comparable print or on-line sources?
- Please consider the cost of the database or text, access software, auxiliary
software and hardware.
Search Engine and User Interface
Compare a complete citation from the CD-ROM product and a comparable print
product or with another version of the same product by a different vendor.
- Do some sample searches meet publisher claims?
- Is the product readable?
- If the abbreviations are used, are they logical for the average user?
- Is the use of color, windows, and other artistic qualities appropriate
- Are the screen layouts logical?
- Do the commands make sense?
- Are access points adequate?
- Is the number of indexed field adequate?
- Are the instructions and the help menu clear? Is the order of events in
the search process logical?
- Are the numbers of keystrokes minimal?
- Are printing and downloading available and easy to perform?
- Will it be necessary to provide staff to assist patrons?
- Are screens, commands, and prompts easy to understand?
- Is the system user-friendly, i.e, can an inexperienced user sit at the
terminal and begin a search from on screen aid?