E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship


Date of this Version

Spring 2007

Document Type



Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship (Spring 2007) 8(1). Also available at http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v08n01/taylor_d01.htm.


Copyright 2007, the author. Used by permission.



Big Deals expand an institution's access to scholarly literature, with usage statistics showing that previously unavailable journals receive significant usage. To determine if faculty use these new e-journals in their research, the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Library analyzed SFU citation data to journals from selected Big Deals for two years prior to signing a major Big Deal (1993 and 1998) and for two consecutive years following the Big Deal (2004 and 2005). Pre Big Deal, the percentage of citations to journals that are part of Big Deals but were previously not subscribed to was an average of 2.6%. Post Big Deal this increased to an average of 6.1%.