ERIC Number: ED171239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
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The Internationality of Information Banks--Online Bibliographic Databases.
Veith, Richard H.
The international character of online bibliographic databases is assessed by addressing three major aspects: literature production, article selection, and database use, as well as a number of side issues such as distribution and language. Requests for information were sent to producers and suppliers, most of whom responded, with no attempt being made to be comprehensive in this initial survey. Selected databases were expected to vary widely on several dimensions. While 90 to 95 percent of the world's scientific and technical journal and report literature are estimated to be accessible by online terminals, it appears that the literature itself is not as accessible, the databases of citations are not accessible in a feasible manner in most countries, the citations are not in a language universally understood, and the quality of the indexing and abstracting in relation to the information content of the original articles often goes unexamined. (JEG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Access (Information); Scientific and Technical Information