Inferring user behaviour from journal access figures

A. Dawson

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    Using the BUBL Journals service as a rich source of data, this article outlines different methods of measuring usage of electronic journals, suggests that different types of access may be mapped to the user activities of browsing, reading and searching, and draws some inferences about why different titles have differing patterns of usage. It also proposes that by measuring the 'search-to-browse' ratio of a journal it is possible to assess whether journals are being used primarily for research and reference purposes or mainly for current awareness and casual browsing.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)31-41
    Number of pages11
    JournalSerials Librarian
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1998


    • ejournals
    • information usage
    • BUBL


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