Definition - indexing and abstracting periodicals, Humanities

Definition

The word `index' is derived from the Latin word `indicare' meaning `to point out' or `to show'. An indexing periodical is an access tool to a systematically arranged list of periodical literature providing complete bibliographical references of already published individual items of primary documents, which a republished in regular interval. It is organised in a convenient manner to search the location of entries. An Index can be alphabetical, chronological, classified, geographical or numerical. They are access tools to identify and locate the required information which appeared in a particular periodical, 

An `abstract' according to ALA Glossary (1983) is an abbreviated, accurate representation of a work, generally without added interpretation or criticism, accompanied by a bibliographical reference to the original work when appearing separately from it'. An abstracting periodical, in addition to having the above-mentioned features of an indexing periodical, gives the information content of the primary documents in a condensed form. Quite usually it functions like the surrogate of the original primary publication, like in the Chemical Abstracts.

In short, the major difference between indexing and abstracting services lies in the form and content. Indexing periodicals gives lists of articles with bibliographical details arranged in user-friendly order to enable a user to trace the needed information easily and quickly. Abstracting periodicals not only list the bibliographical details but also provide abstracts of documents in a specific field or a group of subject fields helping the reader for his choice of an article or a paper.

Posted Date: 10/31/2012 8:27:32 AM | Location : United States







Related Discussions:- Definition - indexing and abstracting periodicals, Assignment Help, Ask Question on Definition - indexing and abstracting periodicals, Get Answer, Expert's Help, Definition - indexing and abstracting periodicals Discussions

Write discussion on Definition - indexing and abstracting periodicals
Your posts are moderated
Related Questions
Homeostasis- It is the process by that the body remains in a state of stable physiological balance. The body requires maintaining homeostasis in order to stay living. If you receiv

Lifestyle- Lifestyle is a manner of living of individuals, societies and families that they manifest in coping along with their physical, social, psychological and economic surrou

POST-COORDINATE INDEXING MODEL   All the pre-coordinate indexing models discussed so far are of unidimensional in nature based on the order of significance. The significance or

How to Use a Thesaurus   The final process of indexing involves translating the relevant subject concepts of the document into the indexing language or the descriptor language

Special Dictionaries The dictionaries, which are compiled for a special purpose or aspects of a language, are called special dictionaries. Most of these aspects of words, whic

THE INDEXING PROCESS   Subject indexing is a crucial operation in the creation and maintenance of index files as retrieval  of information depends to a  large extent on the qua

Uses of Bibliography Bibliography has many other uses like: Assists the users in locating documents of their interest;  Aids in finding and verifying bibliographic

Book Index Entries   Book Index Entries are specific Added Word Entries provided for a document. These entries are given under the names of authors, editors, translators etc.,

in around 1500 words , describe the commonly used pattern of conducting operational research in the field of health , give illustration to describe the common pattern.

Tang Cosmopolitanism and Poetry Wang Wei (699-759) Inspired by Zen Buddhism.also a painter. Synthesized two mediums of painting and writing. "Deer Enclosure" - Beautiful att