Volume 1, Issue 1 (4-2015)                   jmis 2015, 1(1): 33-41 | Back to browse issues page

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Assistant Professor, Library and Information Science, Health Information Management Research Center, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.
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Introduction: With the exponential growth of electronic resources on the Web, the application of metadata has enhanced the precision of retrieval and facilitated the search of electronic resources. Hence, the aim of this study was to determine the application of metadata in e-book databases.

Methods: This study is an applied work, which was carried out through survey methods in 2013. The population consisted of 9 e-books databases, including Gale Virtual Reference Library, EBL – E-book Library, Credo Reference, MyiLibrary, Palgrave Connect, NetLibrary, Ebrary, Dawsonera, Taylor & Francis eBookstore which were selected by an intentional method. Data was collected from Academic Database Assessment Tool Website (http://adat.crl.edu), which compares databases from different perspectives, through direct observation. The obtained data was analyzed using ‘Excel’ software.

Results: Results showed that metadata used in e-books databases, were as follows, MARC metadata (100 per cent), Onix (55.55 per cent), Dublin Core (11.11 per cent) and UK Lom was not used in any of the databases.  

Conclusion: Results suggested that information specialists and database designers should consider applying appropriate metadata in developing e-book databases.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2014/10/1 | Accepted: 2015/01/11 | Published: 2015/04/21