ER: Inclusion of E-Journals in Library Catalog
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Princeton University Cataloging Documentation

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Electronic resources


Guidelines for inclusion on web listing of e-journals

Guidelines for inclusion of e-serials in library catalog

Cataloging printouts of web material

Cataloging free web pages

SFX Data Problems

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General criteria for inclusion of electronic journals in the library catalog:

  • Title must be "selected" – either a selector has specifically ordered the e-version, or the e-version is automatically included with a print subscription, or the title is included in a package to which the Library subscribes. For titles that are freely available on the Web, either a selector must request cataloging, or we must also have its print counterpart cataloged.
  • Content must be full text, not just abstracts or tables of contents, and not just selected issues/sections. (A very few exceptions have been made.)
  • Access must be expected to be somewhat stable and ongoing, and a stable URL must be available. Trial subscriptions are listed on a library web page. Titles included in large aggregator packages (e.g. ProQuest), which are notorious for continually losing & gaining content, are not cataloged.