Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

This database offers full text and indexing for English and foreign-language periodicals, journals, conference proceedings, pamphlets, library school theses, books and more. Subject coverage encompasses librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. In addition, the database provides comprehensive coverage of the history of library studies, and access to author profiles, including information on 5,000 of the most-frequently indexed authors.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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General Reference Sources



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.

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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.

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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.

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"Specifically designed for LIS master’s and doctoral students, new LIS faculty, and professional librarians, this text explains both quantitative and qualitative research methods, with an emphasis on the power of their inte - gration for a mixed method research design. It provides instruction and guidance to LIS scholars, professionals, and students who want and need to conduct research and publish their work. The inclusion of the principles, data collection techniques, and analyses of quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as discussion of the advantages and limitations of each method and updated bibliographies, provides a broad introduction to research design. The discussion of the scientific method, sampling, validity, reliability, and ethical concerns, along with experimental research design, ethnographic methods, and usability testing, offers a well-­ rounded overview of these research methods and design."

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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."

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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)

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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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