Cancellation Notice: Environment Index (EBSCO)

Rationale for Cancellation of Library Resource

August 11, 2017

Title of resource: Environment Index (EBSCO)

Cost of resource: $US 6,879

Reasons for cancellation:

  • Cost: This resource is expensive, considering it is only an index to the literature and does not include full-text content. 
  • Overlap: While the database indexes quality material, including journals, books, and various types of grey literature, other databases have comparable subject coverage of the literature. 
  • Usage: ProQuest’s Environmental Science & Pollution Management, the main alternative to this database, is much more heavily used by the Guelph community. 

Date access will cease:  August 31, 2017

Alternate resources:

  • Environmental Science & Pollution Management (ProQuest): Extensive coverage of the journal literature in pure and applied environmental science and policy. 
  • GreenFile (EBSCO): Covers environmental policy issues, including government and NGO reports, and non-academic magazines. 
  • CAB Direct: Strong international coverage of environmental sustainability issues, especially with respect to agricultural practices.  Includes major journals and those from small publishers, as well as books. 
  • Ei Compendex: Good coverage of applied environmental science, primarily from an engineering perspective.   

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Pamela Jacobs, Head, Collections & Content <pjacobs@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 prioritize 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 Cancellation Policy.