AD-96-4 -- Indexes


Inhaltsanalytische Bibliographien deutscher Kulturzeitschriften des 19. Jahrhunderts: IBDK [Content Analytic Bibliographies of German Cultural Journals of the 19th Century]. Alfred Estermann. München [et al.]: Saur. 30 cm. ISBN 3-598-23310-8: DM 5,992.00.

Vol. 1. Deutsches Museum (1851-1867). Pt. 1-2. 1995. vi, 300, 306 p. ISBN 3-598-23311-6: DM 856.00.

Vol. 2. Telegraph für Deutschland (1837-1848). 1995. vi, 324 p. ISBN 3-598-23312-4: DM 428.00.

Vol. 3. Die Gartenlaube (1853-1880 [-1944]). Pt. 1-2. 1995. vi, 324, 336 p. ISBN 3-598-23313-2: DM 856.00.

Vol. 4. Berliner Conversationsblatt (1827-1829), Der Freihafen (1836-1844), Hallische Jahrbücher (1838-1844), Königsberger Literatur-Blatt (1841-1845). 1996. vi, 408 p. ISBN 3-598-23314-0: DM 428.00.

Vol. 5. Phoenix (1835-1838), Frankfurter Museum (1855-1859), Neues Frankfurter Museum (1861), Weimarer Sonntags-Blatt (1855-1857). 1996. vi, 557 p. ISBN 3-598-23315-9: DM 428.00.

Vol. 6. Deutsche Roman-Zeitung (1864-1880 [-1925]). 1996. vi, 592 p. ISBN 3-598-23316-7: DM 428.00.

Vol. 7. Das Jahrhundert (1856-1859), Deutsches Magazin (1861-1863), Freya (1861-1867), Orion (1863-1864), Deutsche Warte (1871-1875), Der Salon (1868-1890). 1996. vi, 566 p. ISBN 3-598-23317-5: DM 428.00.

Vol. 8. Westermanns Monatshefte (1856-1880 [-1986]). 1996. vi, 446 p. ISBN 598-23318-3: DM 428.00.

Vol. 9. Blätter für literarische Unterhaltung (1826-1850 [-1898]). 1996. Pt. 1-5. ISBN 3-598-23319-1: DM 2,140.00.

Vol. 10. Gesamtregister [Index to all vols.]. Ed. Maria Reith-Deigert. 1996. 218 p. ISBN 3-598-23320-5: DM 428.00 [96-4-388]

These indexes are a pilot project, the first result of a bibliographic untertaking by the Forschungsstelle 19. Jahrhundert (19th Century Research Center) at the Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek (City and University Library) in Frankfurt am Main. It is a center not for literary research but for documenting the period in general - this may explain the title phrase "culture periodicals," though every journal analyzed here is indeed a literary magazine. Twenty characteristic and important periodicals have been chosen. The selection criteria are not detailed, and one could quarrel with some of the choices. There are signs that not enough time was allowed for the preparatory work - for example, in compiling all the articles (signed and unsigned) by individual contributors. The project will not be continued.

Not all the pseudonymous and anonymous authors are identified, nor are all of those identified with initials. There are also problems with the terms used in the subject index-the thesaurus of descriptors has only 78 terms. It would be better to have an author index for each periodical, especially in cases where the original index was inadequate. The volumes are too large because of widely spaced type. The periodicals indexed in these volumes are now valued by libraries as sources for the cultural life of the period. Libraries need to assemble and preserve complete sets, and here the editor and the Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek have done exemplary work beyond the value of the current project. [hj/gh]


Zeitschriftendienst [Journal Index] [Database] (ZD). CD-ROM version with FREITEXT retrieval program. Berlin: Deutsches Bibliotheksinstitut.

1987/95 (1996). 1 CD-ROM - text. ISBN 3-87068-281-7: DM 98.00

The Zeitschriftendienst (ZD, Periodical Service) has been issued in some form by the Deutsches Bibliotheksinstitut, (DBI, German Library Institute) since 1965. It is an index to articles in between 170 and 200 German-language periodicals (in any given year), mostly popular magazines. Librarians at 19 public libraries throughout Germany provide the indexing. While its target audience is public library users, research libraries also find the ZD useful for the access it provides to material on topics new to scholarly inquiry. Issued exclusively in printed volumes before 1988, the ZD now appears in microfiche, diskette, CD-ROM, and online (Internet-accessible) versions; print publication ceased with the 1994 edition. The current CD-ROM adds 1995 to the first edition's coverage of 1987-1994. Indexing selectively, it provides access to 250 titles and 96,246 articles. Multiple users, networking, and command-activated loading are supported. A fast, intuitive, and menu-driven retrieval program, Freitext 2.0, offers single-index keyword searching with Boolean operators. Left and right truncation are available, but browsing of a term list is not. Record displays can be customized by the user, but backward paging through search results awaits the next edition. Though the interface is not quite state-of-the-art, its searching and display features (along with more frequent and thorough updating) make CD-ROM the format of choice for future editions, especially if a Windows version and an interface to the DBI's document delivery service can be developed. [bh/gw]


Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen wissenschaftlicher Literatur [Computerdatei]: wissenschaftliche Monographien, wissenschaftliche Rezensionen,Monographien-Datenbank, IBR = International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature = Bibliographie internationale des recensions de la littérature savante. Osnabrück: Dietrich

1995, 1/2. 1 CD-ROM - user's guide in container. ISBN 3-89186-018-8: DM 2,900.00 (2 issues), DM 1,200.00 (for subscribers to the paper ed.)[96-4-390]

One of the few international and interdisciplinary bibliographies of scholarly book reviews, the IBR (as it is also known) appears twice a year in multiple printed volumes and with the 1995 volumes makes its debut on CD-ROM. (An online version may be available in the near future.) The search software, CD-Answer, is also used for Internationale Bibliographie der Zeitschriftenliteratur (IBZ) and is described (in German) at IFB 95-1-011.

The CD-ROM cites more than 41,500 reviews (of just over 20,000 titles) appearing in some 2075 journals. The basis for selection is not given and cannot be readily discerned, while inexplicable omissions and many duplicate citations are readily apparent. The assignment of subject headings to reviews seems excessive and is often inconsistent. Many subject areas can be searched only by such hierarchical codes as "arsB" for music and "philC" for psychology. With full-text keyword searching readily available, the value of subject analysis that is so poorly executed and presented is highly questionable. At the same time, however, citations can be searched for by any of the important publication details (both of reviews and of works reviewed) and helpful cross-referencing is offered not only within IBR, but also between the IBR and IBZ CD-ROMs. Records can be downloaded in several popular word processing and spreadsheet formats. Despite the problems mentioned above, IBR remains an indispensible reference source for academic libraries and its use is greatly facilitated by the CD-ROM format. [bh/gw]

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