ERIC Number: ED242634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Online Bibliographic Databases on Teaching and Research in Political Science.
The availability of online bibliographic databases greatly facilitates literature searching in political science. The advantages to searching databases online include combination of concepts, comprehensiveness, multiple database searching, free-text searching, currency, current awareness services, document delivery service, and convenience. Disadvantages include cost, lack of back files, equipment problems, and the inability to browse. Databases of particular interest to political scientists are described. They are organized by the following categories: political science as a discipline; related disciplines; documents; legislative, judicial, and administrative; popular; numeric; and book. To demonstrate some of the major capabilities of online searching--e.g., searching for a combination of concepts--sample computer search strategies are provided. The major concern about teaching and online searching is that students will not learn how to do literature searching nor learn about the major sources in the field. Researchers, both traditionalists and behavioralists, will benefit from the advantages discussed in the first section of the paper. (RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Chicago, IL, September 2, 1983).