School of Information Management & Systems.
245 Organization of Information in Collections.
Assignment 5: Abstracting and Indexing Services.
Due Feb 24.
Abstracting and indexing services provide information on new publications:
especially articles in new issues of journals. Indexing services list
items, usually with some kind of subject descriptors; abstracting services
add brief summaries ("abstracts") of the article, book, or report being
described. The assignment is to examine, compare and contrast:
Library and Information Science Abstracts MAIN Z671.L593,
Library Literature (through June 1997 only) MAIN Z666.L5 and
Knowledge Organization MAIN Z696.A1.I57, a journal which is
on 245 theory and has an indexing service at the end of each issue.
Information Science Abstracts MAIN Z699.A1.D6
They are shelved on the south-east corner (in the direction of the
campanile) of the lowest level of the MAIN library stacks.
The latest, unbound issues of LISA, ISA and KO are
in the current periodicals room. The paper version of LL
is no longer received.
Consider the different aspects of such an alerting service:
- Definition of scope
- - By subject area
- - By forms of literature (journal articles, books, technical reports,
- - By language and /or country of publication
- The descriptions provided ("entries")
- - How complete is the description? What features are described?
- - Layout and visual appearance?
- Access: How can the items be searched?
- - What is the primary arrangement? By subject, by author, by title?...
- - How many other different approaches are possible?
- - Is subject access provided? If so, how?
- How frequently updated? How cumulated?
- How would you assess how up-to-date are these announcements?
- How easy to use? How well described? Adequate explanation?
- Other comments?
1. Examine and compare the print
versions LISA and LL. Make notes.
2. Then, after you think you understand the content, structure,
character of the printed versions,
the online versions of the first two, available
if you use a Berkeley IP address. Go to the Library Home Page
then, in center, click on
"Electronic Indexes and Abstracts", then click in "L" and scroll down to find them.
Else try the WebSpirs Silver Platter service at
Note that the campus license allows very few simultaneous users, so
try to do this well before the due date.
What are the principal differences between using
the online version and using the printed versions? Make notes.
3. Is this online version all that it might be? What would you like to see
different in an online or print versions
of each of these services?
Could you design it better?
4. Prepare and hand in 2-3 pages, single-spaced, concisely stating your findings.
We'll schedule time for
discussion in class.
Collaborating on this assignment is recommended.