Journal article coverage in online library catalogs

by Barbara Quint

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This paper discusses specific options currently available for turning the online library catalog into a tool for accessing a library's complete collection, down to the level of articles in periodical publications. It contrasts the historical approaches traditionally taken by the technical services and public services sections of libraries, discusses ways in which online systems have affected the two departments, suggests ways they might change in the future, and considers the potential impact of such changes, both for library users and for the information industry.

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