Databases, Area Studies, East Asia


In this study, we focus on the scholarly access of Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN) for East Asian Studies. We call it the national data base, as opposed to the local data base such as the online public access catalog of OASIS at the University of Iowa Libraries. We compare the RLIN data base, a prototype of national data base, with the University of Iowa Libraries' online catalog, OASIS, a prototype of local data base. The comparative analysis is done by tabulating questionnaire responses collected from a selected group of students who had the opportunity to use both systems.