Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Library Information Science & Technology Abstracts,(LISTA) was formerly Information Science & Technology Abstracts (ISTA). EBSCO Publishing continues ISTA's renowned coverage of information science and significantly increases the coverage of library science. 149 ISTA titles are upgraded to Core coverage, and 121 new periodicals are included. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management, search engines, printed and electronic information sources, the information industry, scholarly communication, and electronic publishing. LISTA indexes journal articles from more than 600 publications plus books, research reports, and conference proceedings. With coverage extending back to 1966, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science.

Covers library and information science, including automation, censorship, public relations, government funding, preservation, cataloging, classification, copyright legislation, personnel management, information brokers, online searching, publishing, education for librarianship, and rare books.

Covers the social sciences, including anthropology, history, industrial relations, information science and library science, law, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, political science, public health, social issues, social work, sociology, substance abuse, urban studies, and women's studies.
Provides bibliographic citations, plus author abstracts "for approximately 60% of the articles in the database." Each citation also includes a list of references cited in the source article. In addition, it is possible to retrieve a list of works that have cited a specific author or a specific earlier work.
Indexes articles, reviews, letters, etc. from over "1,950 journals across 50 social sciences disciplines. It also indexes individually selected, relevant items from over 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals."

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

General Reference Sources


A list of state library organizations from IMLS.


Contributions from 900 researchers in over 50 countries. This five-volume encyclopedia includes more than 550 articles on the concepts, issues and emerging technologies with compendium of 5,000 technical and managerial terms. comprehensive. Articles include references to the other research literature on information science and technologies.

General Reference Works

Reviews print and electronic reference works published since 1997. The reviews are "written by librarians for librarians." AKA American Reference Books Annual, ARBAonline's reviews cover reference sources from more than 400 publishers in over 500 subject areas. Updated monthly.

Survey results and documentation on current topics and policies from Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member institutions published six times a year. Online versions of SPEC Kits from 1973 through 2005 (SPEC Kit 1 - 291) are available through the HathiTrust.

Internet Resources

Open Access Resources

"[A]n informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, SC, in November, to discuss issues of importance to them all."

Web Sites

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Trade & Professional Associations

ALA divisions publish journals, books, newsletters and other materials and provide continuing education in a variety of venues and formats:
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA)
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA)
Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)
Public Library Association (PLA)
Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Since 1937, the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) has been the society for information professionals leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information.

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