Re: Recent Comments by Albert Henderson

From: Ken Rouse <krouse_at_LIBRARY.WISC.EDU>
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 16:06:28 -0600

In a recent comment Albert Henderson said the following:

The bottleneck in science communications is based on the theory that
researchers can locate useful materials through
databases and citations in the literature.
The databases have reduced their coverage, also
thanks to stingy budgets. The National Library
of Medicine bibliographies, which in early days
attemped to be comprehensive, covered less than
ten percent of the biomedical literature according
to the centenery essay by Martin Cummings. Analyses
of other discipline-wide databases reveal similar
shortcomings. Like the libraries themselves, the
secondary information services are shrinking in
comparison to the totality of publication.
I would like to see Mr. Henderson's "Analyses of other discipline-wide
databases...."  This is certainly not the case with Chemical Abstracts,
the major, comprehensive index for all the varieties of chemistry.
Kendall Rouse,  Head, Chemistry Library
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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