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Library and Information Science

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  • One of the two most important databases for Library and Information Science, Library Literature and Information Science Full Text includes references articles from selected library journals, books (more than 600 a year), conference proceedings, library school theses, pamphlets, and book reviews. The full text in pdf format is often available directly through the database. Access has been kindly provided by the Graduate Resource Centre of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.
    Please note: The other major database for library science, Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA), is available ONLY via the Graduate Resource Centre (GRC) of Western's Faculty of Information and Media Studies. Please click here for a link to the GRC page where you can find out about accessing this database which is accessible by FIMS graduate students and faculty from other locations via the FIMS network.

  • LISTA is a free resource providing coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloguing, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Periodicals, books, research reports, and proceedings are indexed here. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science. A list of journals indexed and/or available full-text in this database are available here.
  • This database indexes journals in the area of library and information science, computer science and a wide variety of social sciences.  Additionally, it provides easy access to reference lists and information about where articles have been cited by others. While it also includes all of the sciences, it is easy to limit your results to social science subject matter.  Users are advised to register for a free account in order to facilitate options like saving searches and exporting to RefWorks.
  • The Emerald Library database provides access to over 40,000 full-text articles from more than 150 journals, including coverage in the areas of management and information science.

  • Professional Development Collection provides a highly specialized collection of electronic information especially for professional educators, professional librarians and education researchers. Full text articles from over 600 education and library science journals are included.
  • Web of Science provides access to three multi-disciplinary databases of bibliographic information: Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citaiton Index.  Each entry includes the article's cited reference list, allowing a search for articles that cite a known author or work.
  • ARIST contains a broad panorama of information and library science research at various levels, with a great degree of thoroughness.  Each article includes an extensive bibliography that enables the pursuit of a topic in greater depth.


  • A service of Library and Archives Canada, AMICUS Web features over 25 million bibliographic records describing books, magazines, government documents, theses, sound recording and maps.  Canadiana:  The National Bibliography, which documents Canada's published heritage. is included in AMICUS Web.

  • The Library of Congress Online Catalog (representing the world's largest library) contains bibliographic information for approximately 12 million items including books, serials, computer files, manuscripts, cartographic materials, music, sound recordings, and visual materials.

  • The British Library, one of the world's greatest libraries, is the national library of the United Kingdom.  It includes 150 million items, including manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, musical scores and patents. The British Library receives a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland.
  • - searches the content of European National Libraries

  • An essential bibliographic tool for libraries,Global Books in Print provides information  about books, videos, ebooks and audiobooks published anywhere in the world.

  • This reference guide is "aimed particularly at helping people to research unfamiliar subject areas," comes in 2 volumes (Volume 1: Science, technology and medicine; Volume 2: Social science). "Annotations are brief and very descriptive; one can ascertain the usefulness of a resource for a particular research need. Topic and title/author indexes are included."
  • WorldCat is a database of over 41 million bibliographic records of any type of material catalogued by OCLC member libraries.  Includes manuscripts written as early as the 12th Century.
  • Ulrich's provides data on more than 300,000 national and interntional periodicals (academic, scholarly journals, Open Access publications, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters).  A good place to find out which database indexes a particular serial.


  • Available electronically, ODLIS is designed as a reference resource for library and information science professionals, university students and faculty, and the general reader and library user. The technical vocabulary of publishing, printing, book history, and computer science has been included.

  • An international, comprehensive introduction to the vocabulary of library and information science.  All of the 5,000 professional terms are arranged in one alphabetical sequence, incorporating themes of information sources, information handling, computers and telecommunications, management, research methodology, and publishing.

  • The Dictionary for Library and Information Science's content has been carefully selected and includes the most up-to-date terms from publishing, printing, literature, and computer science.  This item can be found at DBW reference Z1006 .R45 2004 and at the same call number at the FIMS GRC.
  • This reference book spans everything from traditional printing terms to search engines and from book formats to URLs and Web terminology, while providing a wide international coverage of names, addresses and URLs of major libraries and other important organizations in the information sector, of professional associations, fellowships, networks, government bodies, projects and programmes, consortia and institutions, influential reports and other key publications.


  • This publication lists Canadian Libraries, Regional Library Stystems, Library Associations, Archives, Library Schools, Library Technician Programs, and Canadian Periodicals in Library Science.  Names of key personnel, library address, subject specialists and basic systems information are included in each entry.
  • The Gale Directory of Databases is a guide to computer-readable databases available online, in CD-ROM format, or in other magnetic formats. Details include database descriptions, costs, and whom to contact for purchase. The material is indexed alphabetically, and by subject, vendor, and producer.
  • Formerly called the Internet Public Library thiscollection of reference tools and links that is both browsable and searchable to find reference tools in the public domain such as dictioinaries, statistical sources, encyclopedias, almanacs, etc. In 2009 it merged with the Librarians' Index to the Internet. The site is hosted at Drexel University's College of Information Science and Technology and is maintained and developed by a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science. It includes access to a virtual reference service staffed by thousands of volunteers.


  • This is the new online edition of a work previously called Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. It contains topical essays which cover a wide spectrum of information-related disciplines including archival science, knowledge management and museum studies as well as library science.  Also included are ELIS Classics: 37 entries of historical or theoretical importance that have been retained from previous editions.  The Encyclopedia is also available in print at the Graduate Resource Centre at IMS Reference Z1006.E57 2010

  • The Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology is described as the most comprehensive, research-based five-volume encyclopedia that covers all aspects of the field.  It is available electronically and in print.

  • Formerly entitled "Glaister's Glossary of the Book", this publication presents a glossary of terms used in the book trade.  It includes terms used in printing and binding trades as well as those relating to paper and the graphic arts.  The appendices illustrate various aspects of the publishing trade such as type specimens and proof correction symbols.


  • ARBA provides comprehensive coverage of English-language reference books published in the United States and Canada during a single year.  Reviews are written by academic, public and school librarians or professionals in the field.
  • Quick access to up-to-date reviews of books, periodicals and other publications on a wide range of topics. Available in print at DBW reference Z1035.A1B66.

  • Includes book reviews on a wide range of topics from a variety of sources including newspapers, review journals, and popular magazines.

  • Each year Choice publishes more than 7,000 reviews that are:

    Timely - typically the first comment on scholarly publications
    Authoritative - written by selected experts in the subject
    Concise - brief but thorough, providing information and recommendations
    Easy to Use - logical arrangement, including data needed to order the item reviewed (from publisher site)

    Access to the current online issue is free.  Choice is also available in print at DBW Periodical Z1035.C36.

  • Counterpoise, subtitled - "For Social Responsibility, Liberty, and Dissent," is a quarterly review journal for the alternative press.

  • Whether you're looking for information on books, audio books, or videos, you've come to the right place! With millions of titles, GlobalBooksInPrint.com is an essential bibliographic tool for libraries, booksellers, and publishers worldwide. (from publisher site)
  • "Kirkus Reviews, founded in 1933, is published biweekly and reviews, 2 to 3 months before the publication date, approximately 5,000 titles per year: fiction, mysteries, sci-fi, translations, nonfiction, and children's and young-adult books. The reviews are reliable and authoritative, written by specialists selected for their knowledge and expertise in a particular field." (from publisher site)

Statistics and Data

  • ARL Statistics is a series of annual publications that describe the collections, expenditures, staffing, and service activities for ARL member libraries (including Western) since 1961-62.  The catalogue entry links to tables in pdf format that can be downloaded.

  • Described as the portal to the Public Library Data Service Statistics Report digital database, this resource provides access to all the yearly PLDS data currently available (includes 2002-2011) Statistics from public libraries across the US and Canada that contribute are available.

  • Before the Association of Research Libraries began collecting data about academic libraries (1961-62) annual data was collected by James Gerould, first at Minnesota and later at Princeton. The 'Gerould Statistics cover the years 1907–08 through 1961–62.