‘Llama antibodies’, ‘Chronic fatigue syndrome’ and ‘Electromagnetic radiation’ amongst terms most frequently searched in libraries
Public library users search for an eclectic range of topics when using the Access to Research free online search. The service enables any user in a participating public library to search directly for and print out a copy of any of the more than 15 million journal articles that publishers make available through their participation. The free service is only available in public libraries. 85% of public libraries in the UK currently offer access to the service.
Analysis of the top 20 search terms by month nationwide for 2018 has thrown up an idiosyncratic list of interests, in addition to the perennial concerns of health, history and science. Medical ailments are well represented (‘Caesarean nerve damage’ and ‘Effect tuition fees have on students’ mental health’) but there is also room for the somewhat specialized (‘Llama antibodies’ and ‘Ragwort’).
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