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Cancellation Notice - Music Index

Rationale for Cancellation of Library Resource

January 1, 2019

Title of resource: Music Index

Cost of resource: $3,715 US per year

Reasons for cancellation:

  • Cost: This resource does not provide significant value for its annual cost, especially considering that it is only an index to the literature and does not include full-text content.
  • Overlap: This database has significant overlap with RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, which provides indexing for a much larger number of titles (9,276 titles covered) than Music Index does (787 titles covered). RILM also provides more extensive coverage of international and foreign-language journals than Music Index does. The entries in RILM (many of which provide descriptive abstracts) are also more useful than the simple index-level entries in Music Index
  • Usage: Usage for the Music Index database is relatively low, indicating that researchers are searching elsewhere for access to music periodicals content. By contrast, usage of RILM Abstracts database is much higher,  in part because it is preferred by faculty and is the resource most frequently integrated into Guelph’s music department curricular assignments.

Date access will cease: January 1, 2019

Alternate resources:

  • Academic Search Premier
  • Canadian Music Periodical Index
  • Oxford Music Online (includes Grove Music Online)
  • Periodicals Archive Online
  • Recent Researches in Music Online
  • RILM Abstracts in Music Literature
  • Theses Canada: Free access to Canadian electronic theses and dissertations.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Pamela Jacobs, Head, Collections & Content Team <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)