ERIC Number: ED185998
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Social Science Data Bases and Data Banks in the United States and Canada.
Black, John B.
This overview of North American social science databases, including scope and services, identifies five trends: (1) growth--in the number of databases, subjects covered, and system availability; (2) increased competition in the retrieval systems marketplace with more databases being offered on multiple systems, improvements being made to the retrieval systems themselves, and more active advertising or "user education" being undertaken by the database and service suppliers; (3) increased ease of access as telecommunications facilities and technology improve and associated service costs go down; (4) continuing appearance of technological changes which affect the nature and use of databases and retrieval systems, such as microcomputers, bubble memories, and videodiscs; and (5) the development of Teletext/Videotext systems which, along with other more "user friendly" retrieval systems, will foster increased "end user" access to all forms of databases. An appendix provides a list of examples of North American social science databases that are available online. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; United States
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (45th, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 27-September 1, 1979). For a related document, see IR 008 395.