E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship


Date of this Version

Summer 2002

Document Type



Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship (Summer 2002) 3(3). Also available at http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v03n03/Salisbury_l02.htm.

(It says Spring 2002 in the item but it was actually in the Summer 2002 issue.)


Copyright 2002, the authors. Used by permission.


As collection development librarians we aim to provide comprehensive information access to our users in order to support their research and curricular needs. For academic libraries, like the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, that support the information needs within a range of subject areas in science and technology, it makes economic sense to attempt to provide this access in discipline-oriented databases. Discipline-oriented databases cover a range of subjects but also provide depth in coverage.

Bearing this in mind, the journals that are indexed in Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) Bioengineering database were analyzed to ascertain the degree of overlap with other discipline-oriented science and technology databases to which our institution already provide online access.

This paper presents the findings of this analysis. In particular, it identifies the journals that overlap in coverage between CSA Bioengineering database and the following science and technology databases: Medline, CAB Abstracts, BIOSIS, Compendex, INSPEC, CA (Chemical Abstracts) and GeoRef.