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Carolina Consortium to Benefit ECU Researchers

ECU faculty, students and researchers are reaping the benefits of the university’s participation in the Carolina Consortium, an informal group of academic libraries in North and South Carolina that negotiates with publishers and information resources vendors to provide journal access for members at a lower price.

Consortium negotiations with publishers allow program members to share journal subscriptions for an additional fee. The access fee is much lower than the cost of subscribing to the additional journals.

For example, ECU has subscriptions to 68 journals through the publishing company, Cambridge Journals, but membership in Carolina Consortium allows ECU access to 195 journals. Other publishers with whom ECU has Carolina Consortium agreements include Oxford, Blackwell, Brill, Kluwer, Springer, and Wiley.

A wide range of subject areas are served through these agreements, including arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Blackwell provides ECU more than 770 journals through its Synergy journals interface, grouping them according to these subject areas: Agricultural and Animal Sciences; Arts; Business, Economics, Finance, Accounting, Maths and Stats; Engineering, Computing and Technology; Health Sciences; Humanities; Law; Life and Physical Sciences; Medicine; Social and Behavioral Sciences. Brill, Kluwer, and Springer journals—totaling nearly 1500—are available through SpringerLINK.

ECU community members may browse available journals by publisher at, or search for a specific journal through Joyner Library’s E- Journal Locator page.

For more information, contact Jan Lewis, interim associate director for collections at 328-2267 or

This page originally appeared in the Oct. 6, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at