Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Abstracting practices. 3. Periodicals listing and accessioning. 4. Online computer service. 5. Bibliographic display. 6. Bibliographic control. 7. Functions of abstracting. 8. Acquisition system. 9. Interlibrary lending. 10. Future abstracting practices. Index.
"Abstracting services are important links in the chain of communication between the originator of information and the ultimate user. Enormous growth in published literature, diversity of publications, language barrier and scatter of published information etc., are some of the factors that have contributed the launching of abstracting and indexing services. Abstracting services are most important and useful tools. These bring together all or significant current publications, that lie scattered in a number of source documents. Indexing and abstracting services are also excellent records in contemporary published literature, the growth and development of which has been in direct response to get access to as much relevant information as possible on a subject. This book is a dependable reference work which imparts information on a number of fundamentals of abstracting practices." (jacket)