I can’t tell you how many times a faculty member has sent me a reference from Amazon asking if we could get a certain book. Often we already have the book in our collection, but the go-to source for many for finding books is Amazon, not the OPAC. This new NBER Working Paper talks about the online tools consumers use to find books of interest.
This paper provides a data-driven overview of the different online
platforms that consumers use to search for books and booksellers, and
documents how the use of these platforms is shifting over time. Our
data suggest that, as a result of digitization, consumers are
increasingly conducting searches for books at retailer sites and
closed systems (e.g., the Kindle and Nook) rather than at general
search engines (e.g., Google or Bing). We also highlight a number of
challenges that will make it difficult for researchers to accurately
measure internet-based search behavior in the years to come.
Finally, we highlight a number of open agenda items related to the
pricing of books and other digital media, as well as consumer search
Dick mentions symposium issues. Here at Stanford we’ve been separately cataloging and binding law review symposium issues for years. This adds a new tool for access to law review content (via the OPAC), and it also enables patrons to find the issues while browsing the stacks (yes, some patrons still do this — to their great benefit). Our interlibrary loan person tells me that we have received a number of requests for these “monographs,” with the requestor sometimes noting “only you appear to have this item” (which makes us chuckle, but we’re very happy to spread the word about this very useful material).
Here is a sample record:
Title: Symposium : stare decisis and nonjudicial actors.
Portion of title: Stare decisis and nonjudicial actors
Imprint: Notre Dame, IN : Notre Dame Law School, c2008.
Physical Description: p. 875-1416 ; 26 cm.
Note: Cover title.
Note: Special issue of Notre Dame law review, v. 83, no. 3 (May 2008).
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: Articles: Standing at the crossroads : the Roberts Court in historical perspective / Maxwell L. Stearns — The culpability of felony murder / Guyora Binder –Three faces of deference / Paul Horwitz — Symposium: Stare decisis and the Constitution : four questions and answers / Thomas Healy — Lincoln and judicial authority / Michael Stokes Paulsen — Polyphonic stare decisis : listening to non-Article III actors / Kermit Roosevelt III — Legislative and executive stare decisis / Mark Tushnet.
Subject (LC): Stare decisis–United States
Subject (LC): Judicial power–United States.
Organization: University of Notre Dame. Law School.
Title: Notre Dame law review.
LAW CALL NUMBER
1)KF429 .S965 2008
For many more samples, visit our catalog at:
and seach for the word “symposium” in the title field and limit the location to the law library.
Every spring, we survey our students on all sorts of library stuff.
In a question dealing with online services, we asked students which databases and search products they used for research. We included Socrates, our OPAC, since we want to emphasize the catalog and its importance at every opportunity. The drop down choices that we provided for answers included Westlaw, LexisNexis, Google, BNA, RIA, HeinOnline, MOML and more. We also gave students an opportunity to fill in the blank for other databases not listed in the question.
Most interesting and gratifying, Socrates, our online catalog, gets great use, even more use than LexisNexis!