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MEDLINE; Library users--Iowa--Statistics; Medical libraries--Reference services--Iowa;


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.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Library Science

First Advisor

Elizabeth Martin


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