Public Display in ERM Libraries


The following sites provide examples of varying display practices for select libraries that have implemented ERM.  You will have the best overview of display decisions libraries have made by searching more than one resource type in a catalog, e.g., a citation database, an aggregator database, an e-journal package and an e-journal. The following resources can be found in many of these catalogs: Historical Abstracts; America, History and Life; Academic Search Premier; Project Muse; American Speech and JSTOR.


You can compare e-resource treatments by:


  1. Searching OPAC indexes under title, resource name and resource subject.  (Only some catalogs have the latter two OPAC indexes)
  2. Looking to see if there are resource records displaying for different types of resources
  3. Comparing information included in resource records in various catalogs
  4. Comparing what resource and license information is included in bib records
  5. Looking to see if you can connect to the bib record from a resource record and vice versa
  6. Searching Databases A-Z to see what kinds of information/records are included for individual titles.
  7. Searching Databases by subject to see how many and what types of subjects are included
  8. Searching E-Journal lists A-Z and by subject to see how they compare to our E-Journal Finder


Bowling Green State University


  • Example of both bib and resource records displaying in the OPAC with the ability for users to connect to the resource record from the bib record and vice versa.
  • A title search for Academic Search Premier gets two hits -- the resource record and the bib record. Each record allows you to connect to the other.
  • You can also search by “resource name” to retrieve the resource record.
  • If you search “history” by “resource subject,” you’ll connect to an annotated title listing with connection to full resource records.
  • If you search in Research Databases A-Z, you’ll retrieve a full resource record.  
  • Their E-Journal Title List is produced using Serials Solutions, and their e-journal subject list comes from Ulrich’s


Colby College


Do a title search for Historical Abstracts or Academic Search Premier. You will find both bib and resource records in the OPAC without the ability for users to connect to the resource record from the bib and vice versa.







Colorado State University


  • Example of full bibs displaying for some e-resources and resource records only displaying for others
  • Historical Abstracts Online has bib only with no ERM info in OPAC.
  • Science Direct has a full resource record (minus subjects), including a public note citing Netscape 8.0 browser problems, coverage, authorized users, concurrent users, remote access and terms of use with a listing of individual titles with links to bib records in the catalog.  No bib record displays for Science Direct
  • Search Databases by title for Science Direct and click on “i” which gives you “Database Details”
  • Search databases by subjects, and you find around 100 subjects searchable
  • Their E-Journal locator is a title list (no subjects) “powered by SFX.”



Deakin University


  • Search Academic Search Premier in the OPAC under resource name and you retrieve a full resource record which includes broad local subjects and a clickable title list with dates for online coverage.
  • Do an OPAC title search for Academic Search Premier and you retrieve two separate records: (1) the same full resource record you previously retrieved and (2) a brief bib record with a link to EBSCOHost Research Databases.
  • Search Databases A-Z for Academic Search Premier and you get what looks like a resource record  (?) with description, full-text coverage, password info, help, endnote and restrictions.
  • Search Databases by Subject and you find a list of around 70 subjects.
  • Click on Electronic journals A-Z, and you get the familiar Serials Solutions page with an additional area called “Search in e-journal collections,” which includes clickable databases like Academic Search Premier.


European University Institute


  • Do a title search in the OPAC for JSTOR and you get 2 hits for the resource: (1) a resource record with title and coverage listing but no subjects and (2) a relatively brief bib record,also without subjects. No search available under “resource name”  or “resource subject.”
  • If you click on Databases A-Z, you connect to bib records.
  • When you search their Electronic Journals Collection by subject, there are only five broad subject areas listed, with the message that, “The titles are regrouped according to the research area at the EUI.”
  • When you click on individual titles using their E-Journal listing by title or subject, you are connected to the bib record.





Ohio State University


  • Do a title search in the OPAC for Historical Abstracts Online, and you get the bib record with no ERM info.
  • Search Historical Abstracts under “Database Name” to get the resource record and search “Database Subject” for “History,” and your browse list will include the resource record for Historical Abstracts.
  • Click on “Databases” under “Quick Links,” search for Historical Abstracts, and you get the resource record.
  • Their E-Journal Title list is produced by Serials Solutions.



University of Arizona


  • Do a title search for JSTOR and you’ll get a bib with a clickable link to “FIND on the Web,” which connects you to a brief resource record with information on access and contents besides a link to the resource.
  • A resource name search (not available initially) for JSTOR retrieves a fuller resource record with license information and a clickable list of individual titles, which brings you to the individual bib records.
  • A title search in their “Article & Database Searching” for JSTOR brings you the same brief resource record you found when you clicked “FIND on the Web” in the JSTOR bib.
  • There are around 90 subjects in their Databases by subject areas.
  • Some resource records contain a field for “Print equivalent.”
  • Their “Locate E-Journals” is produced by Serials Solutions.




University of Washington


  • Do an OPAC title search for Historical Abstracts Online, and you get a bib with the ability to click on brief “Package and License” info from the resource and license record, including a link to “general usage guidelines.”
  • There doesn’t now appear to be a resource name or resource subject search in the OPAC. (although I found a resource name search on 9/19/05 ???)
  • A title search  for Historical Abstracts Online in “Research Databases” produces a record of unknown origin after clicking on “i” in the brief title list.
  • There are around 91 subjects listed in “Resources by Subject.” with subjects chosen by “the librarians responsible for the areas of study listed below.”
  • Choosing “Search for Electronic Resources” allows you to limit your search by resource type (e.g., electronic newspaper databases, electronic book packages) as well as by subject area.
  • Their page for Electronic Journals includes a title A-Z list, “Popular E-Journal Packages” and the same 91 subjects as found in “Resources by Subject.”


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Rochester Institute of Technology


San Jose State University


Sonoma State University


Tufts University




University at Buffalo


University of Hull


University of Melbourne


University of Nebraska-Lincoln


University of Nevada


University of Oregon


University of Queensland


University of Technology, Sydney




Victoria University of Technology


Washington State University