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ACRL EBSS Electronic Resources in Communication Studies Committee

Online Doc Journal Coverage: Communication Abstracts; ComAbstracts; and Communication & Mass Media Complete

by Catherine Michael on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 01:07 pm

Prepared by the Electronic Resources in Communication Studies Committee of the Education & Behavioral Sciences Section, Association of College & Research Libraries

This spreadsheet, based on an analysis completed in December 2006, compares titles in Communication Abstracts, Communication & Mass Media Complete, and ComAbstracts.  The spreadsheet consists of four worksheets:

Prepared by the Electronic Resources in Communication Studies Committee of the Education & Behavioral Sciences Section, Association of College & Research Libraries

This spreadsheet, based on an analysis completed in December 2006, compares titles in Communication Abstracts, Communication & Mass Media Complete, and ComAbstracts.  The spreadsheet consists of four worksheets:

1. Journals.  An alphabetical list of titles indicating in which of the three databases each is covered, with coverage dates.  There is a column for each database with an x for titles it covers.  In addition, journal titles are formatted with bold for CMMC, red for Communication Abstracts, and italics for ComAbstracts.  (All three if it is in all three.)

2. Uniqueness. Lists of titles unique to Communication Abstracts and ComAbstracts (very few of each) and a selected list of titles unique to CMMC (of which there are many.)

3. Overlap Survey.  The results of a survey of selected titles covered by all three databases, with the total number of citations per title per database for those years covered by all three.  (There is some variation, but in general CMMC has the most extensive coverage of shared titles, and Communication Abstracts has the least extensive coverage of shared titles.)

4. Gaps. Lists of titles in CMMC and Communication Abstracts but not in ComAbstracts and of titles in CMMC and ComAbstracts but not in Communication Abstracts.  (There were no titles in Communication Abstracts and ComAbstracts but not in CMMC.)

EBSCO's CMMC spreadsheet was used as the starting point for this analysis.  Information was added from CIOS and CSA and from searching the three databases.  Some of the additional information from EBSCO (including full text coverage) can be viewed by unhiding columns in the Journals worksheet. (Column B, which is hidden, allows you to separate out the non-academic titles in CMMC.)

There were some quirks in gathering this data.  For example, searches in Communication Abstracts by title and by ISSN sometimes gave different results.  But we are confident that the overall data and the picture it gives is good and will be useful to communication librarians and others.

The focus is on indexing, not full text, because CMMC is the only one of the three with full text (although CIOS has a few full text titles, and links to the Sage full text collection show up in Communication Abstracts if you subscribe to both products from CSA.)

For the sake of clarity, if not sanity, we refer to Communication Abstracts as CSA and ComAbstracts as CIOS in various places.

In order to further assess and compare journal coverage, in 2008 the committee extracted selected tables of contents (TOCs) from 34 communication studies journals, and searched all content of the selected TOCs (including reviews) in ComAbstracts, Communication Abstracts, and Communication & Mass Media Complete (the 34 titles are indexed by all three databases). The committee reviewed TOCs from the first issues of the 34 journals for the years of 1978, 1988, 1998 and 2005. The additional research reinforces the findings of the initial overlap survey, which indicates that Communication & Mass Media Complete has the most extensive coverage (especially since it indexes book reviews), while Communication Abstracts (CSA) has the least extensive coverage. Data collected for the additional journal coverage assessment is included in the attached MSWord document.

Electronic Resources in Communication Studies Committee

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ACRL EBSS Publications and Communications Committee (Educational and Behavioral Sciences Section)

Online Doc EBSS Manual 2009 Revision (.docx)

by Jessica Albano on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 12:58 pm

This is the working document version of the official EBSS Manual.  It
is currently the responsibility of the EBSS Past Chair to update the
Manual.  After the Manual is updated, the Web Manager posts a .pdf
version of the Manual to the EBSS web site.

K-16 Information Literacy

Discussion Preparing 21st Century Ohio Learners for Success: Closing the Gap session (PDF of PPT)

by Paula Deal on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 12:45 pm

PDF of presentation by Paula Deal from ALA Sat. 7/11 8 a.m. 

Closing the Gap session. Preparing 21st Century Ohio Learners for Success 

 

ACRL EBSS Publications and Communications Committee (Educational and Behavioral Sciences Section)

Discussion EBSS Manual 2009 Revision (.docx)

by Jessica Albano on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 12:28 pm

This is the working document version of the official EBSS Manual.  It is currently the responsibility of the EBSS Past Chair to update the Manual.  After the Manual is updated, the Web Manager posts a .pdf version of the Manual to the EBSS web site. 

ACRL STS Publications Committee (Science and Technology Section)

Online Doc Website Redesign Taskforce

by John Meier on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Here is the 2008-2009 STS Website Redesign Taskforce Final Report.  The Taskforce was created in 2008 to suggest a new design for the STS website and to update STS website policies and practices.

Union Library Workers

Discussion Save the UCLA and Berkeley Labor Centers and the Miguel Contreras Labor Program !

by Kathleen McCook on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 11:55 am


Save the UCLA and Berkeley Labor Centers and the Miguel Contreras Labor Program !

The UCLA and UC Berkeley Labor Centers and the Miguel Contreras Labor Program should not be unfairly singled out and targeted for elimination. They represent a small fraction of the UC budget, and provide an invaluable resource to the university and to the people of California. The attack on the Miguel Contreras Labor Program is also an attack on academic freedom. The Governor has taken this unilateral action without consultation, justification, or explanation.

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ACRL AFAS (African-American Studies Librarians Section)

Event Black Studies and Information Technology (AFAS Annual Conference Program)

by Heather Martin on Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 10:24 am

Location:  Hyatt Regency McCormick in Conference Center 10 c/d

The program begins with a panel session of three vendors who will discuss marketing and business considerations for creating their products and demonstrate features of various Black Studies databases.

Location:  Hyatt Regency McCormick in Conference Center 10 c/d

The program begins with a panel session of three vendors who will discuss marketing and business considerations for creating their products and demonstrate features of various Black Studies databases.

Having received funding from the Ford Foundation and institutional support from the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, our featured speaker, Abdul Alkalimat, is advancing the field of Black Studies into the 21st century. Prof. Alkalimat will describe the NCBS/UIUC summer project “Information Technology and Black Studies.” Anyone interested in African American Studies and/or community informatics will find this program intriguing.

Speakers: Abdul Alkalimat, Professor of African American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Stephanie Garrett, Editor, History and Black Studies, Alexander Street Press; Sarah Nash Brechner, Senior Product Manager, ProQuest; Elaine L. Westbrooks, Associate Dean of Libraries, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

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ACRL STS (Science and Technology Section)

Discussion Looking to join an ACRL STS Committee???

by Maliaca Oxnam on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 03:11 pm

Are you looking to get more involved with the ACRL Science & Technology Section? Several STS Committees are looking for additional members. Please contact Maliaca Oxnam (maliaca@u.arizona.edu), STS Chair, if you are interested in serving on any of the committees listed below. Committee descriptions can be viewed in the STS Manual. You must be a current member of STS.

Are you looking to get more involved with the ACRL Science & Technology Section? Several STS Committees are looking for additional members. Please contact Maliaca Oxnam (maliaca@u.arizona.edu), STS Chair, if you are interested in serving on any of the committees listed below. Committee descriptions can be viewed in the STS Manual. You must be a current member of STS.

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