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Format-Specific Selection Criteria

Although the Library collection is made up primarily of print materials, there is growing importance and demand for information in other formats. The collection includes monographs, journals, magazines, newspapers, as well as videos, books-on-tape, and CD-ROMs. The Library provides Internet access to its community and may provide Crow oral histories online. The Library also provides online access through Infotrac to many periodicals. These are searchable, and in many cases, available in full text online.

The Library considers varying formats when making selection decisions. Major factors in these decisions include cost, availability, technical support requirements, and demand for the content in the format under question. These considerations are secondary to the primary factors in general and subject-specific selection criteria.