Bibliographic index coverage of a multidisciplinary field
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2003
Copyright © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Volume 54, Issue 14, pages 1305–1312, December 2003
How to Cite
Walters, W. H. and Wilder, E. I. (2003), Bibliographic index coverage of a multidisciplinary field. J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci., 54: 1305–1312. doi: 10.1002/asi.10337
- Issue published online: 10 NOV 2003
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 MAY 2003
- Manuscript Revised: 10 MAY 2003
- Manuscript Received: 27 FEB 2003
This study examines the literature of a multidisciplinary field, later-life migration, and evaluates the effectiveness of 12 bibliographic databases in indexing that literature. Five journals—three in social gerontology, one in rural sociology, and one in regional science—account for 40% of the papers published in this area. The disciplines that publish the most work on later-life migration are not necessarily those that provide the best index coverage, however. Moreover, four multidisciplinary databases each provide better index coverage than any single-subject index. The relatively low degree of overlap among the 12 databases suggests that scholars working on topics such as later-life migration must continue to rely on a wide range of bibliographic tools, both disciplinary and multidisciplinary.