Is Accuracy Everything?

Marybeth Grimes, Sara E. Morris


This study found that Ulrich’s and Serials Directory offer a wide, and often disparate, amount of information about where serials are indexed or abstracted, with Ulrich’s indexing more titles overall than Serials Directory, and more dead titles than the other directory. Serials Directory is the only provider that lists where EBSCO serials are indexed or abstracted. Both directories also provide different information on basic serial facts, such as price, address, and editor. Ultimately, the authors discovered that librarians should use whichever source is available, and realize that it may be lacking or inaccurate in its records.

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