Library Trends 16 (3) Winter 1968: Science Abstracting Services -- Commercial, Institutional and Personal


Library Trends 16 (3) Winter 1968: Science Abstracting Services -- Commercial, Institutional and Personal. Edited by Foster E. Mohrhardt.

Abstracts were originated to provide scholars with a convenient means for coping with increasing quantities of publications. Now abstracts themselves have become so voluminous that specialized indexes often replace the use of abstracts by those who need up-to-date and speedy access to publications. Heavy investments of intellectual effort, money, time, research, and development are being expended in the "science information" field today. Too much of this effort is centered about the "mechanics" of information storage and retrieval, and too little has been dedicated to the intellectual processes basic to any good information system. This issue of Library Trends attempts to provide a general background for exploring today’s world of abstracting and indexing.

As a supplement to this issue, attention must be called to the Library Trends issue on "Bibliography" published in April 1967 which contains several significant articles relating to abstracting and indexing. Although some mention and touch upon the services covered in the present volume, they serve as supplements to the present articles, with very little or no overlap.

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