BIODOC: access versus holdings in a university library

Janet Evans (Information and Library Services, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK)
Simon J. Bevan (Information and Library Services, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK)
John Harrington (Information and Library Services, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK)

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Publication date: 1 December 1996


Explains the background, context and operation of the Cranfield University Library BIODOC Research Project which explores key issues in the access versus journal holdings debate. Hopes to test whether an access model of provision in certain circumstances provides more cost effective and appropriate information support than the traditional in‐house collection. The project involves the cancellation of all the library journal subscriptions for the Biotechnology Centre and their replacement by the UnCover Reveal current contents service and as document supply from a number of sources. Describes the factors such as rising periodical costs, availability of new electronic document delivery services, increasing use of e‐mail by academics that led to the experiment; and the reasons for the selection of the Biotechnology Centre as an appropriate partner. Describes the project management and everyday operation of the project and the design of the project to include data collection for evaluation. Includes consideration of the issue of copyright.



Evans, J., Bevan, S. and Harrington, J. (1996), "BIODOC: access versus holdings in a university library", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 24 No. 4, pp. 5-11.

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