What Does Electronic Full Text Really Mean? A Comparison of Database Vendors and What They Deliver

Susan McMullen, Roger Williams University
Patricia B.M. Brennan, Rhode Island College
Joanna Burkhardt, University of Rhode Island
Marla Wallace, Community College of Rhode Island

Document Type Article


The experience of a multi-site higher education library consortium in purchasing electronic journals and databases is described. The criteria and guidelines developed to assist in decision-making process for the purchase of multidisciplinary electronic products and services can be of value of other libraries whether in single or consortial environment. Factors such as database features, coverage, search features, and delivery options were considered.