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The University Libraries recognize the importance of electronic databases to UNCG's research and instructional missions. We have continually and aggressively expanded our database offerings over the past decade. Now, due to the fiscal situation, we unfortunately have to roll back some of those gains. For fiscal year 2011/12 we have been forced to cut our database budget by $183,000.

In identifying 27 databases for potential cancellation, the UNCG Libraries tried to select those that would have the least impact. Of course, all of our database subscriptions are useful and are used by our faculty and students, so any cancellations will inevitably have some adverse effects. But the Libraries' goal is to minimize the impact. We will retain access to hundreds of electronic databases, including all of our most heavily used products.

After evaluating all of our databases on the basis of usage, cost, relevance to research and the curriculum, and the degree of overlap with similar products, we have identified the following databases as the ones we can best live without. If you have any questions or comments regarding these selections, please send them to Tim Bucknall

Database Title Subscription End Date Reason for Potential Cancel
ABELL 1/31/2012 high cost per use, low use
American Film Institute Catalog 3/31/2012 low use
Best Practices 6/14/2012 Extremely high cost per use, low use, high cost
Biography and Genealogy Master Index 1/31/2012 overlap with other Biography databases, low use
Biography Index 10/31/2011 overlap with other Biography databases, very high cost per use, low use
BIOSIS 12/31/2011 extremely high cost per use, extremely high cost, low use, overlap with Web of Science
Brepolis International Medieval Bibliography 12/31/2011 Very high cost per use, low use
Chicago Manual of Style 9/30/2011 low use, company wanted a 20% price increase
Corporate Affiliations - Lexis Nexis 7/31/2011 low use, high cost per use, overlap with other business resources
Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM) 6/30/2011 low use, some overlap with other streaming audio products, high cost per use
EBSCO EDS 6/30/2012 extremely high cost, may be able to implement a cheaper substitute
EIU Country Commerce 3/31/2012 These reports are now included within Business Source Premier
Health and Psychosocial Instruments 12/31/2011 low use
HeinOnline 9/30/2011 overlap with other full text journal packages, scope is not considered "core" to the curriculum at UNCG
OneSource 11/22/2011 High cost, high cost per use, overlap with Hoovers (which will become available 1/1/12)
Play Index 2/28/2012 High cost, low use, high cost per use
Poiesis 12/31/2011 High cost, low use, high cost per use
RIPM 1/31/2012 High cost, low use, high cost per use
S&P NetAdvantage 9/26/2011 Very high cost, low use, high cost per use, overlap with other business resources
Statistical Warehouse 8/31/2011 High cost, low use, overlap with other business resources
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory 11/30/2011 There are free alternatives for obtaining much of this information
Uniworld 3/10/2012 High cost, low use, high cost per use, overlap with other business resources
Wall Street Journal Historical 11/30/2011 very high cost per use, high cost, low use
Washington Post Historical 1877 - 1993 3/31/2012 High cost per use
Women Writers Online 6/30/2012 high cost per use, low use
WRDS 1/4/2012 High cost, low use, high cost per use. this product is jointly funded by the Libraries and the Bryan School. The Libraries plan to reduce its share of the funding, but this product is unlikely to be canceled.