An Approach to Assessing Faculty Use of Locally Loaded Databases

Joan B. Fiscella
Edward Proctor, Missouri State University

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A survey was used to study faculty use of, preferences for, and satisfaction with either the SPIRES/Prism or the BRS MENTOR interfaces for locally loaded Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC). The findings showed no significant difference in faculty preferences for one or the other interface; however, faculty use of locally loaded databases was associated with having a campus computer account. The study also looked at use of other locally loaded databases by faculty in education and other social science disciplines. The limitations of the survey are addressed.