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Dissertation Information for Glenn Russell Wittig

NAME:
- Glenn Russell Wittig

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA) (1984)

ADVISORS:
- Thomas P. Slavens

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Carolyn O. Frost
- Helen Lloyd Snoke
- David Noel Freedman

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: BIBLIOGRAPHICAL CONTROL IN SELECTED ABSTRACTING AND INDEXING SERVICES FOR RELIGION: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS

Abstract: In this study the bibliographic control of the serial literature of religion provided by selected abstracting and indexing services was assessed. The purpose was to understand the scope of title coverage provided by any one service in comparison to the others, and to provide an evaluation of these services singly and as a group. It was hypothesized that the amount of material covered by the selected services would vary with respect to (1) the structure of the subjects, (2) the intended scope of the service, and (3) by demographic factors.

The study was divided into two stages corresponding to a primary and secondary objective. In order to accomplish the primary, that is evaluative, objective twelve subject literatures, six sub-discipline literatures and the literature as a whole were first analyzed bibliometrically to determine their structural characteristics. Bibliographies, for the base year of 1976, were compiled for each literature. The population of source items consisted of 9,798 documents. Rank order lists of serial titles derived from this preliminary analysis and divided into three productivity zones were subsequently compared against the title lists supplied by each of nine general and special second services for religion. The results were used to analyze the degree of coverage provided by the secondary services.

The structures of the literatures differed as expected; only a few highly unusual characteristics were observed. The comparative analysis of the secondary services affirmed the third hypothesis, but not the first two. The services differed more by language orientation than by subject structure or by scope of the service. The control of the literatures provided singly by any of the general or special services was generally poor. When several services were used in combination the level of coverage was considerably improved, but still markedly deficient. It was concluded that while no service was truly outstanding in all respects two general services--Bulletin Signaletique 527 and Index to Religious Periodical Literature (now Religion Index One) when used in combination consistently monitored more of the serial literature than any of the others.

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