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Cancellation Notice: ProQuest Agriculture Journals

Rationale for Cancellation of Library Resource

August 8, 2016

Title of resource: ProQuest Agriculture Journals

Cost of resource: $11,600 USD

Reasons for Cancellation:

  • Overlap: Of more than 1,000 titles in this collection, only 155 are not included in other subscribed databases
  • Content: Most of the unique material in this collection is neither scholarly nor current
  • Usage: In 2015, fewer than 100 full-text downloads from this collection were made. This means an extremely high cost per use. Cancellation will permit a more efficient allocation of library funds

Date Access Will Cease:

  • August 8th, 2016

Alternate Resources:

  • This content is linked from the ProQuest Agricola database, which will continue to be available. Full text will in most cases continue to be accessible through the "Get it! @ Guelph" linking service
  • The majority of full-text content in this collection (approximately 850 publications) will continue to be available via other ProQuest databases, notably ABI/INFORM and CBCA
  • University of Guelph Journals

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at library@uoguelph.ca.

General Criteria for Cancellation of Electronic Resources

Cancellation decisions are in most cases based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Cost: The inflationary costs of scholarly information continue to rise annually. In addition, the Library’s budget is particularly impacted by currency fluctuations (over half of the Library’s scholarly resources are paid for in U.S. funds)
  • Overlap: Significant content overlap with other Library resources
  • Usage: Past usage of the resource by University of Guelph (including University of Guelph Humber) students, faculty, and staff
  • Scholarly need: Alignment of a resource with the University’s curricular and research programs; The scholarly importance of the resource (its centrality to the discipline and to accreditation requirements); the Library will prioritise keeping full-text (e.g. journal subscriptions) over indexes (e.g. BIOSIS, Communications Abstracts)

The decision to cancel a resource is made only after considerable discussion and exploration of alternatives - for more detailed information on the process followed, please refer to the library's Collection Policy.