Open Access Graduate Research Paper
The research in this paper is directed to the evaluation of changes brought about in the library search services of the Iowa State Medical Library by the addition of the use of the MEDLINE (MEDLARS on-line) computer. Nine hundred ninety-eight search requests were analyzed for two time periods of eight months each. The first time period included manual searches only and the second time period included both manual and MEDLINE searches. The information compiled for analysis included: the user's occupation; the subject request; whether a manual or computer search was requested; and the computer costs involved for each request •.
The study revealed some increase in the number of user requests. The major findings included hospital personnel, state agencies, and attorneys were the three leading users of MEDLINE and Polk county and Linn county had more than a ten percent increase in search requests that might be attributed to the addition of the MEDLINE computer service. There was a decrease in the percent of requests in the "disease" medical subject category amounting to over ten percent. The paper includes two tables and two maps. The. user's geographical location provided1 information on user distribution in the state of Iowa.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Division of Library Studies
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©1980 Joy Averill
Averill, Joy, "A comparison of users and search subjects before and after the beginning of MEDLINE at the Iowa State Medical Library" (1980). Graduate Research Papers. 1721.