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OCLC's Electronic Collections Online Now Offers over 3,000 Journals

Magazine article Information Today

OCLC's Electronic Collections Online Now Offers over 3,000 Journals

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OCLC has announced that its Electronic Collections Online database now offers over 3,000 journals from 55 publishers.

"We are especially happy with the [database's] archiving feature," said Katie Brady, electronic resources librarian at Drexel University. "This kind of perpetual electronic access means Electronic Collections Online offers the closest thing out there right now to buying electronic journals, rather than just leasing access. It also means we will, of course, be watching with interest how the collection continues to grow.

"That the Electronic Collections Online platform is now gracefully integrated with FirstSearch is a very welcome improvement to both services," said Brady. "Our patrons appreciate the fact that all the enhancements to the new FirstSearch now apply to the database, and we certainly appreciate the seamless linking between the two."

Launched in June 1997, Electronic Collections Online passed the 1,000-journal mark in October 1998 and the 2,000-journal mark in November 1999.

More than 3,200 journals are currently under contract for the service. The publishers that have most recently agreed to make journals available through Electronic Collections Online are Technomic Publishing, the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and the British Psychological Society. …

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