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Date of this Version

Summer 6-2019

Citation

1Karen, C. & Patton, G. (2011). WorldCat Quality. Dublin, OH: OCLC. https://www.oclc.org/research/publications/all/worldcat-quality

2 Lynch, C.A. (2006).Improving access to research results: six points. ARL Bimonthly Report. Retrieved from: http://www.arl.org/bm doc/arlbr248sixpoints.pdf

3 Ross, R. E. (1993). A Comparison of OCLC and WLN Hit Rates for Monographs and an Analysis of the Types of Records Retrieved, Information Technology & Libraries, 12 (3), 359–360.

4 Shackleton, P. (2018) Everything you always wanted to know about WorldCat (but were afraid to ask). Paper presented at the Cataloguing & Indexing Group conference in Edinburgh, UK. Retrieved from: https://www.slideshare.net/CILIPCIG/everything-you-always-wanted-to-know-about-worldcat-but-were-afraid-to-ask-paul-shackleton

5 WorldCat (2019) Retrieved from: https://www.worldcat.org/

Abstract

WorldCat which is an online library catalog, the collections of libraries in our scholarly community and thousands more around the globe.With the help of WorldCat, one can get access to various research articles as well as digital items that can be directly viewed or even downloaded for later use. The present study explores the accessibility and availability of the collection in the stream of Environmental Science indexed by WorldCat. The data collected from the WorldCat database pertaining to the field of Environmental Science, in the month of May, 2019 and was then analyzed using the quantitative techniques. The results showed that massive number of varieties of collection was available in the WorldCat pertaining to the field of Environmental Science. The results of the study revealed that majority (77.51%) of the records available are published in English language in the field of Environmental Science. Among the top most authors contributing to the collection of WorldCat, Chris Park has the majority of the records i.e. 9842 in number. Majority (1904075; 69.50%) of the research output comprises of articles, followed by book (38053; 1.38%) and encyclopedia articles consisting of 14057 in number (0.51%). Also, the maximum records of content available in the WorldCat comprises of Non-fiction types (2728597; 99.59%). This study is first of its kind to showcase the scholarly contribution in WorldCat in the field of Environmental Science. The results of this study provide aninsight about the present Environmental Science related collection indexed in WorldCat and also provides scope for further research in other subject areas also indexed in the WorldCat

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