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Publication date: 1 June 1999

Ellen Sutton and Lori Foulke

Librarians increasingly encounter decisions related to the use and/or purchase of an expanding body of bibliographic databases. This article examines the coverage of…

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Librarians increasingly encounter decisions related to the use and/or purchase of an expanding body of bibliographic databases. This article examines the coverage of anthropology literatures in major academic indexes widely available in electronic format. Eight databases were selected for comparison, including three subject‐specific indexes, two multidisciplinary social sciences indexes, and three general academic indexes. Indexes were compared for their coverage of a core list of 135 anthropology journals as well as journals relevant to anthropology in other social science disciplines. In addition to journal coverage, several index characteristics were also compared: years of coverage; timeliness; extent of indexing; record structure; search software; and availability of controlled vocabulary, abstracts and full text. It is concluded that each database has relative merits and weaknesses and that these multiple factors must be considered within the context of local conditions in order to determine which database products are appropriate for meeting local information needs.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 27 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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Publication date: 1 June 1994

Susan L. Adkins

As CD‐ROM becomes more and more a standard reference and technicalsupport tool in all types of libraries, the annual review of thistechnology published in Computers in

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As CD‐ROM becomes more and more a standard reference and technical support tool in all types of libraries, the annual review of this technology published in Computers in Libraries magazine increases in size and scope. This year, author Susan L. Adkins has prepared this exceptionally useful bibliography which she has cross‐referenced with a subject index.

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OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, vol. 10 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1065-075X

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Publication date: 1 March 1995

Ellen D. Sutton, Richard Feinberg, Cynthia R. Levine, Jennie S. Sandberg and Janice M. Wilson

Academic librarians are frequently called upon to provide instruction in relatively unfamiliar disciplines. This article presents introductory information for librarians…

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Academic librarians are frequently called upon to provide instruction in relatively unfamiliar disciplines. This article presents introductory information for librarians providing bibliographic instruction (BI) in the field of psychology. Its primary purpose is to identify key readings from the library science and psychology literature that provide a basis for informed delivery of psychology BI. These works are fully identified in the list of references at the end of this article. Because the primary purpose of discipline‐specific bibliographic instruction is to teach the skills necessary for retrieval of the products of scholarship in that discipline, we begin with a discussion of scholarly communication and documentation, which describes how scholars and researchers within psychology communicate research findings and theoretical developments in the discipline. The major emphasis of this article is on formal, group instruction rather than individualized instruction, although much of the information will be applicable to both types.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 23 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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Publication date: 1 January 1991

Ellen D. Sutton

In the fall of 1989, SilverPlatter and Human Relations Area Files, Inc. began releasing their new series Cross‐Cultural CD, based on a subset of the Human Relations Area…

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In the fall of 1989, SilverPlatter and Human Relations Area Files, Inc. began releasing their new series Cross‐Cultural CD, based on a subset of the Human Relations Area Files. The first disk in the anticipated five‐disk series covers the subjects Human Sexuality and Marriage, and represents two of ten proposed topical databases that are scheduled to be released over the next five years. The other eight databases in the series, to be produced on a total of four additional disks, are to be on the following topics: Family, Crime and Social Problems, Old Age, Death and Dying, Childhood and Adolescence, Socialization and Education, Religious Beliefs, and Religious Practices. An annual “volume” of two databases is currently $1,495, and each volume may be purchased separately. The databases will be issued one time only, one every six months, and are not updated. The second disk in each volume replaces the first disk of that volume, and becomes the property of the purchaser.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 19 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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Publication date: 1 February 1993

Martha E. Williams, Ellen Sutton and Brett Sutton

This is the second in a continuing series of articles summarizing and commenting on new database products and the first one covering the topics of social sciences…

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This is the second in a continuing series of articles summarizing and commenting on new database products and the first one covering the topics of social sciences, humanities, general, multidisciplinary and news. Companion articles covering science, technology and medicine (which appeared in the previous issue of Online & CDROM Review) and covering business and law (to appear in the next issue) complement this article. The articles are based on the newly‐appearing database products in the Gale Directory of Databases (GDD). This was created by merging Computer‐Readable Databases: A Directory and Data Sourcebook (CRD) together with the Directory of Online Databases (DOD) and the Directory of Portable Databases (DPD). The first of GDD was published in January 1993.

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Online and CD-Rom Review, vol. 17 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1353-2642

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Publication date: 1 May 1994

Martha E. Williams, Ellen Sutton and Brett Sutton

This is the fourth article on Social Science, Humanities, News and General (SSH) Databases in a continuing series of articles summarizing and commenting on new database…

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This is the fourth article on Social Science, Humanities, News and General (SSH) Databases in a continuing series of articles summarizing and commenting on new database products. Two companion articles, one covering science, technology and medicine (STM) (Online & CDROM Review vol. 18 issue 4) and the other covering business and law (BSL) (Online & CDROM Review vol. 18 issue 6) complement this article. The articles are based on the newly appearing database products in the most current edition of the Gale Directory of Databases. The Gale Directory of Databases (GDD) was created in January 1993 by merging Computer‐Readable Databases: A Directory and Data Sourcebook (CRD) with the Directory of Online Databases (DOD) and the Directory of Portable Databases (DPD).

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Online and CD-Rom Review, vol. 18 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1353-2642

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Publication date: 1 February 1995

Martha E. Williams, Ellen Sutton and Brett Sutton

This is the fifth article on Social Science, Humanities, News and General (SSH) databases in a continuing series of articles summarising and commenting on new database…

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This is the fifth article on Social Science, Humanities, News and General (SSH) databases in a continuing series of articles summarising and commenting on new database products. Two companion articles, one covering science, technology and medicine (STM) (Online & CDROM Review, vol. 19 issue 1) appeared in the February 1995 issue, and the other covering business and law (BSL) (Online & CDROM Review, vol. 19 issue 3) will appear in the June issue of this journal. The articles are based on the newly appearing database products in the Gale Directory of Databases. The Gale Directory of Databases (GDD) was created in January 1993 by merging Computer‐Readable Databases: A Directory and Data Sourcebook (CRD) together with the Directory of Online Databases (DOD) and the Directory of Portable Databases (DPD).

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Online and CD-Rom Review, vol. 19 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1353-2642

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Publication date: 1 May 1993

Martha E. Williams, Ellen Sutton and Brett Sutton

This is the second article on Social Science, Humanities, News and General Databases in a continuing series of articles summarizing and commenting on new database…

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This is the second article on Social Science, Humanities, News and General Databases in a continuing series of articles summarizing and commenting on new database products. Two companion articles, one covering science, technology and medicine (Online & CDROM Review vol. 17 issue 4) and the other covering business and law (Online & CDROM Review vol. 17 issue 6), complement this article. The articles are based on the newly appearing database products in the Gale Directory of Databases. The Gale Directory of Databases (GDD) was created in January 1993 by merging Computer‐Readable Databases: A Directory and Data Sourcebook (CRD) together with the Directory of Online Databases (DOD) and the Directory of Portable Databases (DPD).

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Online and CD-Rom Review, vol. 17 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1353-2642

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Publication date: 1 February 1994

Martha E. Williams, Ellen Sutton and Brett Sutton

This is the third article on Social Science, Humanities, News and General Databases in a continuing series of articles summarizing and commenting on new database products…

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This is the third article on Social Science, Humanities, News and General Databases in a continuing series of articles summarizing and commenting on new database products. Two companion articles, one covering science, technology and medicine (Online & CDROM Review vol. 18 issue 1) and the other covering business and law (Online & CDROM Review vol. 18 issue 3), complement this article. The articles are based on the newly appearing database products in the Gale Directory of Databases. The Gale Directory of Databases (GDD) was created in January 1993by merging Computer‐Readable Databases: A Directory and Data Sourcebook (CRD) together with the Directory of Online Databases (DOD) and the Directory of Portable Databases (DPD).

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Online and CD-Rom Review, vol. 18 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1353-2642

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Publication date: 1 May 1995

Martha E. Williams, Ellen Sutton and Brett Sutton

This is the sixth article on social science, humanities, news and general (SSH) databases in a continuing series of articles summarising and commenting on new database…

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This is the sixth article on social science, humanities, news and general (SSH) databases in a continuing series of articles summarising and commenting on new database products. There are two companion articles, one covering science, technology and medicine (STM) which appeared in the August 1995 issue (Online & CDROM Review, vol. 19 issue 4) and the other covering business and law (BSL) which will appear in the December issue of this journal (Online & CDROM Review, vol. 19 issue 6). The articles are based on the newly appearing database products in the Gale Directory of Databases. The Gale Directory of Databases (GDD) was created in January 1993 by merging Computer‐Readable Databases: A Directory and Data Sourcebook (CRD) together with the Directory of Online Databases (DOD) and the Directory of Portable Databases (DPD).

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Online and CD-Rom Review, vol. 19 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1353-2642

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