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ERIC Number: ED401940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
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Reliability of Coverage of Periodical Indexing of Lesbian Theological and Womanist Theological Articles in the ATLA Religion Database (1995).
Smailes, Suzanne A.
This study examines the reliability of article coverage in the American Theological Library Association's (ATLA) Religion Database CD-ROM of two emerging theological fields: lesbian theology and womanist theology. Indexing predictability and consistency of coverage is important for the access of needed documents. There is concern that women's ideas, especially those of women who belong to marginalized groups, have been excluded in traditional indexing sources. This study attempts to evaluate the indexing reliability of the ATLA database by examining articles whose subject is lesbianism or womanist theology in feminist periodicals indexed by the database covering a nine year period (1986-1994) in randomly selected years. Reliability of issue coverage, the percentage of total article indexing and the indexing of found lesbian and womanist articles in a given periodical in the years examined are discussed. The overall indexing of all feminist theological journals in the ATLA Religion Database is low (29.1% indexed). As found in previous studies, lesbian material was the least indexed category of materials found in this study. An appendix includes the data collection sheet. (Contains 26 references.) (Author/SWC)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Authority Control (Information), Cataloging, Classification, Databases, Electronic Text, Feminism, Indexes, Indexing, Information Retrieval, Journal Articles, Lesbianism, Library Research, Optical Data Disks, Periodicals, Subject Index Terms, Theological Education, User Needs (Information), User Satisfaction (Information), Womens Studies
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Identifiers: American Theological Library Association; Barriers to Information; Lesbian Literature
Note: Master's Research Paper, Kent State University.