A cost/use analysis of Beilstein's Handbuch Der Organischen Chemie at two academic chemistry libraries

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A six-month use survey of Beilstein's Handbuch der Organischen Chemie (hereafter Beilstein) was conducted sirnultaneously at the chemistry libraries of the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign (UIUC) and the University of Delaware (UDEL). In addition, a price analysis of Beifstein's cost at UIUC was prepared for the years 1984 through 1990. The studies showed Beilstein to have low use at both locations; fourteen survey forms were completed at UIUC, nine at UDEL. Coupled with an increase in price of 201% from 1984-1990, Beilstein is a cost-ineffective subscription for these two locations. Survey results also showed that the most recently received volumes (Heterocyclic Series) were among the lowest-used of the series; titles already owned were the most popular and heavily used. The study focused on budget analysis at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chemistry Library, with comparative data from a simultaneous use study at the University of Delaware Chemistry Library.