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The primary purpose of this study is to describe the life spans of periodicals reviewed in LJ from 1980 to 2005. Two secondary research questions that emerged from the prior study are more thoroughly investigated here. One is, “How accurately are end dates recorded in WorldCat, EBSCO’s Serials Directory, and Ulrichsweb?” (The rationale behind selecting these three databases and the process of using them for data collection are described below in Methodology). A second is, “How well does cooperative cataloging work to maintain accurate end dates for periodicals?” The author found in the prior study of LJ’s “Best Magazines of the Year” that records had not been closed in OCLC for almost 30% of ceased periodicals.



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