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Results of the ELN Ranking Survey 2002/03

The results of the Ranking Survey are now available! Thank you for the overwhelming response (26 of our 31 partner libraries participated in the survey). Once again, the survey results have given ELN a clear indication of which web-based resources have the highest priority among our partner libraries.

2002/03 ELN Ranking Survey
(Ordered from Highest to Lowest Priority)

Title Aggregated
Number of votes
(1 institution = 1 vote)
Contemporary Authors 18 9
Business Source Premier 19 7
LC Classification Web 16 7
Bibliography of Native North Americans 13 6
E*Subscribe 13 5
Expanded Academic ASAP 9 4
AMICO Library 6 3
Criminal Justice Periodical Index 6 3
Ulrich's Periodical Directory 5 3
Alternative Press Index 4 3
Criminal Justice Abstracts 5 2
Short Story Index 5 2
Mental Measurements Yearbook 4 2
Quicklaw 4 2
Index to Canadian Legal Literature 3 2
Library Literature 3 2
Reader's Guide Retrospective, 1890-1982 3 2
SerialSSolutions 3 2
Book Review Digest 2 2
Music Index 3 1
Financial Post Corporate Reports 2 1
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature 2 1
Aquatic Sciences and Fishers Abstracts 1 1
Art Index Retrospective 1 1
International Index to Film Periodicals 1 1
ITPro Collection 1 1
Toronto Star - Pages of the Past 1 1
*Aggregated Score = sum of the points assigned by each partner library according to priority, i.e., a ranking of 1 (most important) was assigned a score of 3 points; a ranking of 3 (lowest priority) was assigned a score of 1 point.
ELN partner libraries were asked to identify a maximum of three titles for ELN consortial licensing and to rank them in order of priority. Based on the Survey results, the three databases of highest priority are:
  • Contemporary Authors
  • Business Source Premier
  • LC Classification Web
Followed closely by:
  • Bibliography of Native North Americans
  • E*Subscribe

Next Steps

ELN would like to propose the following schedule for database trials for the remainder of the 2002/2003 fiscal year. Although ELN partner libraries were asked to identify a maximum of three titles, ELN will investigate consortial licensing for the five highest-ranked titles, as explained below in the timeline for database trials.

September/October 2002

Contemporary Authors

  • Proposed subscription start date - November 1, 2002
  • Available from the Gale Group, this full text database contains biographical information on approximately 112,000 modern novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, journalists and scriptwriters. Current writers, as well as the most-studied literary figures of the early 20th Century, and authors from around the world are featured in this reference resource.


  • Proposed subscription start date - November 1, 2002
  • E*Subscribe is an online document subscription service that provides electronic full text access to ERIC documents from 1993 onwards. ELN will offer a trial of E*Subscribe in conjunction with the renewal of ERIC which comes due for renewal on November 1st (for EBSCO subscribers). The same offer will be available for partner libraries that access ERIC from the CSA platform.

January/February 2003

LC Classification Web

  • Proposed subscription start date - March 1, 2003
  • This database provides web access to Library of Congress Classification and Library of Congress Subject Headings.

Bibliography of Native North Americans (if ELN staff resources are available)

  • Proposed subscription start date - March 1, 2003
  • This online resource is the only bibliographic database published on the history, life and culture of native North Americans. Compiled by Human Relations Area Files, it contains citations to works published from the sixteenth century to the present, including monographs, essays, journal articles, US and Canadian government documents and other publications. With over 70,000 records, this database is an essential tool for anyone researching native American topics and issues, including anthropologists, political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, educators, and legal medical researchers, and policy makers.

February/March 2003

Business Source Premier

  • ELN would arrange for an evaluative trial to run in conjunction with the renewal of ABI/INFORM, which comes due for renewal on April 1, 2003.

As the time draws nearer, complete information on each database trial will be posted on the ELN Collections Development Resource Team listserv.


ELN welcomes feedback and comments from our partner libraries. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact ELN at any time.