Tuesday, February 5, 2008

International Political Science Abstracts

Upon closer inspection of EBSCO's International Political Science Abstracts database, which we now have on a trail, I believe there is something seriously wrong with this database. I have run a small number of searches on "negative voting," "elections," "France," "Asia," and whatever else came to mind. The first results are always very sloppy, missing subject fields, old articles from the 70's and 80's appearing at the top in random order even though it says articles are sorted by date, sometimes the date is missing, or the year has additional numbers tacked on (like 19832). These do not have LinkSource links appearing. Once you scroll down a little, the results seem to stabilize, LinkSource is appearing consistantly, dates and subjects are consistantly entered. I have not yet discussed these problems with EBSCO.

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