Reviews in Choice for 310 books were analyzed for how highly they were recommended for college libraries. Each book was given a rating on a scale from 1 to 5 to reflect this recommendation. Circulation records for each book covering a 2 to 3.5 year span in the Purdue General Library were also obtained, and a correlation was used to establish a relation between level of recommendation and the use of the book. A Spearman rank order correlation of .137 (p = .008) was found, indicating only a weak relationship between the levels of recommendation and use. When the sample was divided into books in the humanities and books in the social sciences, the correlation for the humanities was .043 (p = .3) and correlation for the social sciences was .233 (p = .002).


Choice, Assessment

Published in:

College and Research Libraries 44(September 1983) 375-80.

Date of this Version

January 1983