Cancellation Notice: Micromedex

Rationale for Cancellation of Library Resource

November 16, 2016

Title of resource: Micromedex

Cost of resource: $1,400 CAD

Reasons for Cancellation:

  • Low use (less than 300 searches in 2015, less than 100 searches in 2016)
  • High cost per use

Date Access Will Cease:

  • Immediately

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Scott Gillies, Head, Information Resources Team at sgillies@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 Cancellation Policy.