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‘Just Google it’ – the scope of freely available information sources for doctoral thesis writing

‘Just Google it’ – the scope of freely available information sources for doctoral thesis writing

Vincas Grigas, Simona Juzėnienė and Jonė Veličkaitė.


Introduction. Recent developments in the field of scientific information resource provision lead us to the key research question, namely,what is the coverage of freely available information sources when writing doctoral theses, and whether the academic library can assume the leading role as a direct intermediator for information users.
Method.Citation analysis of doctoral theses was conducted in the summer of 2015. A total of thirty-nine theses (with 6,998 references) defended at Vilnius University at the end of 2014 was selected (30 per cent of all defended theses). Theses were randomly chosen from different research fields: the humanities, social sciences, biomedical sciences, technological sciences, and physical sciences.
Analysis.The research team was tasked with identifying whether certain resources could be found in the eCatalogue of an academic library, its subscribed databases, freely available online (through Google or Google Scholar), or whether the resources from the library`s subscribed databases are identical to those which are freely available. The data gathering process included such resource categories as journal papers, printed and electronic books or book chapters, and other documents (legal reports, conference papers, newspaper articles, Websites, theses, etc.).
Conclusions. Library collections and subscribed databases could cover up to 80 per cent of all information resources used in doctoral theses. Among the most significant findings to emerge from this study is the fact that on average more than half (57 per cent) of all utilised information resources were freely available or were accessed without library support. We may presume that the library as a direct intermediator for information users is potentially important and irreplaceable only in four out of ten attempts of PhD students to seek information.

Figure 2. Use of peer-reviewed papers (percentage)

Figure 3. Use of books and e-books (percentage)

Figure 4. Potential ways of accessing information sources (percentage) Figure 5. Percentage of freely available information sources identical to those found in subscribed databases

Figure 6. Percentage of freely available information sources and sources whose way of accessing is unknown

Grigas V., Juzėnienė & S., Veličkaitė J. (2016). ‘Just Google it’ – the scope of freely available information sources for doctoral thesis writing. Information Research, 22(1), paper 738. Retrieved from (Archived by WebCite® at


Posted on: March 27, 2017, 6:33 am Category: Uncategorized

Libraries Supporting Social Good: Tools and Tips for Outreach to Nonprofits

Libraries Supporting Social Good: Tools and Tips for Outreach to Nonprofits

List of Philanthropy and the Social Economy terms - Nonprofits, Churches, C4, C5, C6, Informal Networks, Corporate Social Roles, Sharing Economy, Social Business, Benefit Corps, L3C, Co-ops, Associations, Not invented Yet

Databases such as the Foundation Directory Online, DonorSearch, and WealthEngine can help in identifying donors.


Posted on: March 26, 2017, 6:49 am Category: Uncategorized

NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition

NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition

Cover of the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library EditionSpreading digital fluency is now a core responsibility of academic libraries, and artificial intelligence and the internet of things are poised to amplify the utility and reach of library services like never before. These are just two of the revelations of the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition, released at the ACRL Conference in Baltimore. The report aims to help leaders seeking inspiration, models, and tactical insight around strategy and technology deployment for academic libraries….

Posted on: March 24, 2017, 4:25 pm Category: Uncategorized

15 million Americans could watch TV in a whole new way in the next few years — here’s how

Interesting in ways that I’m trying to imagine as we work on ways to make these lendable in public libraries . . .

15 million Americans could watch TV in a whole new way in the next few years — here’s how



Posted on: March 24, 2017, 6:47 am Category: Uncategorized

Mercer Consulting Releases 19th Annual Quality of Living Ranking (Global)

Mercer Consulting Releases 19th Annual Quality of Living Ranking (Global)

“From a Mercer:

Despite increased political and financial volatility in Europe, many of its cities offer the world’s highest quality of living and remain attractive destinations for expanding business operations and sending expatriates on assignment, according to Mercer’s 19th annual Quality of Living survey. City infrastructure, ranked separately this year, plays an important role when multinationals decide where to establish locations abroad and send expatriate workers. Easy access to transportation, reliable electricity, and drinkable water are all important considerations when determining hardship allowances based on differences between a given assignee’s home and host locations.

“Economic instability, social unrest, and growing political upheaval all add to the complex challenge multinational companies face when analysing quality of living for their expatriate workforce,” said Ilya Bonic, senior partner and president of Mercer’s Career business. “For multinationals and governments it is vital to have quality of living information that is accurate, detailed, and reliable. It not only enables these employers to compensate employees appropriately, but it also provides a planning benchmark and insights into the often-sensitive operational environment that surrounds their workforce.

“In uncertain times, organisations that plan to establish themselves and send staff to a new location should ensure they get a complete picture of the city, including its viability as a business location and its attractiveness to key talent,” Mr Bonic added.

Vienna occupies first place for overall quality of living for the 8th year running, with the rest of the top-ten list mostly filled by European cities: Zurich is in second place, with Munich (4), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt (7), Geneva (8), Copenhagen (9), and Basel, a newcomer to the list, in 10th place. The only non-European cities in the top ten are Auckland (3) and Vancouver (5). The highest ranking cities in Asia and Latin America are Singapore (25) and Montevideo (79), respectively.

Mercer’s survey also includes a city infrastructure ranking that assesses each city’s supply of electricity, drinking water, telephone and mail services, and public transportation as well as traffic congestion and the range of international flights available from local airports. Singapore tops the city infrastructure ranking, followed by Frankfurt and Munich both in 2ndplace. Baghdad (230) and Port au Prince (231) rank last for city infrastructure.


In North America, Canadian cities take the top positions in the ranking. Vancouver (5) is again the region’s highest ranking city for quality of living. Toronto and Ottawa follow in 16thand 18th place respectively, whereas San Francisco (29) is the highest ranking US city, followed by Boston (35), Honolulu (36), New York (44), and Seattle (45). High crime rates in Los Angeles (58) and Chicago (47) resulted in these cities dropping nine and four places respectively. Monterrey (110) is the highest ranking city in Mexico, while the country’s capital, Mexico City, stands in 128th position. In South America, Montevideo (79) ranks highest for quality of living, followed by Buenos Aires (93) and Santiago (95). La Paz (157) and Caracas (189) are the lowest ranking cities in the region. 

Direct to Ranking 231 Cities

Additional Resources

Links to Materials including infographics:

  • Global Top 10 vs. Bottom 10 Cities
  • Top 5 By Region
  • Infrastructure Rankings

See Also: Reference: A Roundup of New Research and Data-Rich Reports Available on the Open Web


Posted on: March 23, 2017, 6:26 am Category: Uncategorized

A Comparison of Traditional Book Reviews and Book Reviews of Fiction Using a Content Analysis Approach

Research Article: “A Comparison of Traditional Book Reviews and Book Reviews of Fiction Using a Content Analysis Approach”

“The following article appears in the latest issue of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice.


A Comparison of Traditional Book Reviews and Book Reviews of Fiction Using a Content Analysis Approach


Christy Sich
Western University (Canada)


Evidenced Based Library and Information Practice
Vol. 12, No. 1 (2017)
doi: 10.18438/B8CW4N


Objective – This study compared the quality and helpfulness of traditional book review sources with the online user rating system in in order to determine if one mode is superior to the other and should be used by library selectors to assist in making purchasing decisions.

Methods – For this study, 228 reviews of 7 different novels were analyzed using a content analysis approach. Of these, 127 reviews came from traditional review sources and 101 reviews were published on

Results – Using a checklist developed for this study, a significant difference in the quality of reviews was discovered. Reviews from traditional sources scored significantly higher than reviews from The researcher also looked at review length. On average, reviews are shorter than reviews from traditional sources. Review rating—favourable, unfavourable, or mixed/neutral—also showed a lack of consistency between the two modes of reviews.

Conclusion – Although provides multiple reviews of a book on one convenient site, traditional sources of professionally written reviews would most likely save librarians more time in making purchasing decisions, given the higher quality of the review assessment.

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Posted on: March 22, 2017, 6:23 am Category: Uncategorized



PLANO, TX — The proportion of U.S. broadband households not subscribing to a legacy pay-TV (LPTV) service has more than doubled in the past five years, according to a new report from The Diffusion Group, “Life Without Legacy Pay-TV: A Profile of U.S. Cord Cutters and Cord Nevers” is the latest in TDG’s ongoing analysis of this growing consumer segment.

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Posted on: March 21, 2017, 6:21 am Category: Uncategorized