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Re: Purchasing ProQuest MARC Records Martha Gunnarson 19 Jan 2001 17:37 UTC

At WPI we have a subscription to the records for ABI/INFORM Global. I was
concerned at first because the records appeared to be for the electronic
version, but later realized that they simply stuck the gmd:  "$h [computer
file]." on the 245 of the OCLC record for the paper version.  (We use the
single record approach.)  None of the records has a 300 field, and they
have stripped out the 510 fields, and any 856 besides their own.  I have
been adding the records to our online catalog. If it is a new title for
us, I edit the Bell & Howell record. If we already have the record, I cut
and paste the pertinent fields (035, 856) from the Bell & Howell record
into our record.  It's slow, but it satisfies my obsessive-compulsiveness.

If anyone would like a .gif file showing some of the differences between
records, please e-mail me directly:

Martha Gunnarson
Serials Librarian
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

p.s. Voyager doesn't have any problems with cutting and pasting.  Our
catalog is at:
Doing a title search on "ProQuest" will bring up an assortment of edited
ProQuest and cut-and-pasted records.

-----Original Message-----
From: Tracie J. Mineo [mailto:eisel@DUQ.EDU]
Sent: Thursday, January 18, 2001 12:00 PM
Subject: Purchasing ProQuest MARC Records

        Here at Duquesne University we were wondering if anyone out there
has purchased any of the MARC records for sale by Bell & Howell for the
titles in the ProQuest databases? If so have you had any problems? What
are some of the pros and cons of doing this?

        When we first began cataloging our electronic journals it was
decided that we would use separate records for our print and electronic
titles. Bell & Howell has decided to use the print version of each record.
We are debating what some of the problems could be for us.

Thank you all in advance for your time.
Tracie Mineo