Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Mapping the literature of nursing: 1996–2000

Mapping the literature of nursing: 1996–2000

This paper by Margaret (Peg) Allen, Susan Kaplan Jacobs, and June R. Levy and the supporting symposia for specialities has been published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association Volume 94(2 Suppl); April 2006.

The authors along with a variety of collaborators in the Task Force on Mapping the Nursing Literature of the Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section of the Medical Library Association, analysed citations from nursing journals from 1996 to 2000.

They concluded that: "For comprehensive searches, nurses need to search multiple databases. Libraries need to provide access to databases beyond PubMed, including CINAHL and academic databases. Database vendors should improve their coverage of nursing, biomedical, and psychosocial titles identified in these studies."

It will be interesting to see the results of similar studies in the future wehn initiatives such as open access publishing are taken into account.

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