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The evolutionary research process

Norm Medeiros (Bibliographic and Digital Services, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, USA)

OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives

ISSN: 1065-075X

Article publication date: 20 February 2007



This article seeks to describe the evolution of key technologies that have improved the research process.


The article is an opinion piece that reflects on some technological advances to the information world since 1999, and makes judgments about the future role of academic libraries in light of these new technologies.


The article finds that libraries need to become comfortable with the commercial entities that provide access to information. Libraries should focus on the value‐added services unique to their profession.


The article should encourage thoughts and discussion on a topic of interest to most libraries.



Medeiros, N. (2007), "The evolutionary research process", OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, Vol. 23 No. 1, pp. 13-15.



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