This post is written by Tim Strawn, director of information resources. Using a data-driven evaluative process, Kennedy Library, with special one-time funds, purchased perpetual access to a large number of high-demand electronic journal back files. This means that faculty, students and other users can have access to all content for hundreds of scholarly journals.
A total of 252 journals have been added to the Elsevier Science Direct platform. Our subscription plan allowed access to these journals from 1995 forward, but we discovered that Cal Poly users were attempting to access content from years prior to 1995. Therefore, we purchased additional content.
Kennedy Library staff extracted and evaluated turn-away counts (the number of times users were turned away in their attempt to download content the library did not own). Then staff identified and purchased selected subject area journal packages. More than 5,000 turnaways were documented for journals in the following Elsevier subject packages in 2013: Agricultural and Biological Sciences; Environmental Science; Organic Chemistry; Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation; Psychology; Psychiatry and Mental Health; Veterinary Science and Medicine.
Some of the high-demand titles to which we now offer complete access include:
- Animal Behaviour (1958-)
- Behaviour Research and Therapy (1963-)
- Biomaterials (1980-)
- Journal of Biomechanics (1968-)
- Journal of Dairy Science (1917-)
- Journal of Equine Veterinary Science (1981-)
- Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology (1964-)
- Tetrahedron & Tetrahedron Letters (1956-)
- Theriogenology (1974-)
In addition to adding to more content, we also enhanced discovery of that new content via an expansion to the Web of Science abstract and indexing database. We deepened our indexing in three databases:
- Science Citation Index: (1955-)
- Social Science Citation Index: (1956-)
- Zoological Record: (1854-)