How much of the MLA International Bibliography can be retrieved from, in or through the Library? , University of Southampton, 142pp.
This paper chronicles a series of case studies undertaken in May 2007 at the University of Southampton. Starting from sample lists of references retrieved from Modern Language Association International Bibliography, the aim was to ascertain the proportion of these references whose full text a researcher might expect to obtain easily in paper, electronic or other form, using the University Library's resources alone, without recourse to the interlibrary loan service. The subject areas covered were English, French, Spanish and German literatures, and Film Studies. The conclusion was that the proportion of "full text satisfaction" varied markedly according to subject area, from 59.2% for the English literature samples to less than 23% for the German literature samples.
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