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Wednesday, 18th October 2006

Jacso Reviews Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) and Aardvark

Dr. Peter Jacso from the University of Hawaii has just posted his monthly reviews on the Gale.com site.

This time, Dr. Peter's Digital Reference Shelf takes a look at:
+ Aardvark

The most comprehensive and smartest Web portal about the library and information science and technology scene in and about Asia and the Pacific region. It offers current news about databases, information services, digital journals, search software developments, library schools and movers and shakers in the region (and beyond, as far as they relate to Asia and the Pacific and Oceania).

NOTE: We had a post linking to the most current issue of Access (aardvark's newsletter) on ResourceShelf yesterday.

+ Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)

This may be the best gift that library and information professionals ever received from commercial information services. LISTA is an open-access mega indexing/abstracting database on its own. Depending on the context and mix of the other (subscription-based) databases of EBSCO in which the LISTA database is invoked, it also offers seamless links to 552,560 full-text documents, as well as a swift pathfinder to full-text documents of library and information science and technology literature in the digital archives of publishers to which a library subscribes. (This is not to be confused with the subscription-based database known as LISTA with Full Text). Some of the software features need improvement but you can look this gift horse in the mouth and be delighted.

ResourceShelf also appreciates LISTA. Here's Shirl's ROTW overview from earlier this year.


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