The broader context in the last twenty years awareness of the information and documentation problems of the social sciences has grown, but almost as if by stealth. During that period there have been significant developments for practice, organization and research in social science information, but knowledge of these has remained largely confined to small groups of specialists closely associated with them. In the main it has been library and information developments in science and technology that have captured the interest and attention of the majority of professionals and specialists as such: for example, the development of computer‐based citation indexes; the introduction of the computer database as a successor to the printed secondary journal; the development of online search facilities and associated software and retrieval techniques; the exploitation of telecommunications and computers to create new information technology, leading to alternative means of interpersonal communication, the possibilities of electronic journals and a vision of the paperless society. This situation is hardly surprising since science and technology provide the productive base for advanced societies.
ROBERTS, S.A. (1984), "THE MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF INFORMATION AND LIBRARY PROVISION IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 40 No. 2, pp. 94-119. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb026760Download as .RIS
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