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Cancellation Notice: GeoRef (Elsevier)

Rationale for Cancellation of Library Resource

January 11, 2016

Title of resource: GeoRef (Elsevier)

Cost of resource: $7,220 USD ($10,100 CAD)

Reasons for cancellation:

  • Extensive overlap with other journal article database content (see below)
  • Low number of uses based on vendor provided data for the last several years
  • Resource does not include full-text access to research
  • Research indexed also available in GeoBase with full-text coverage [link below]

Date access will cease: March 1, 2016

Alternate resources:

  • GeoBase
  • Web of Science
  • CAB Direct
  • Agricola
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management

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 prioritize keeping full-text (e.g. journal subscriptions) over indexes (e.g. databases that index and find articles)

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.