ABS: Reed, Mapping the literature of occupational therapy

Gretchen Whitney gwhitney at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU
Mon Nov 29 18:26:16 EST 1999

Record 2 of 49 in MEDLINE (R) 1999/11-1999/12
TI: Mapping the literature of occupational therapy.
AU: Reed-KL
AD: School of Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman's University-Houston
Center 77030, USA.
SO: Bull-Med-Libr-Assoc. 1999 Jul; 87(3): 298-304
ISSN: 0025-7338
PY: 1999
AB: Occupational therapy, formally organized in the United States in 1917,
is considered an allied health field. Mapping occupational therapy
literature is part of a bibliometric project of the Medical Library
Association's Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section's project for
mapping the literature of allied health. Three core journals were selected
from the years 1995 and 1996 and a determination was made of the extent to
which the cited journal references were covered by standard indexing
sources. Using Bradford's Law of Scattering three zones were created, each
containing approximately one-third of the cited journal references. The
results showed that three journals made up the first zone, 117 journals
the second, and 657 the third. The most cited journal was the American
Journal of Occupational Therapy. In the second zone, journals from twelve
disciplines were identified. While MEDLINE provided the best overall
indexing, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature
(CINAHL) was the only database that indexed the three most cited journals
plus nine of the currently active titles in occupational therapy. MEDLINE
could improve its coverage of occupational therapy by indexing the
journals of the British, Canadian, and Australian national associations.

MIME: Bibliometrics-; Databases,-Bibliographic; Libraries,-Medical;
MJME: *Abstracting-and-Indexing; *Bibliography-; *Occupational-Therapy;
TG: Comparative-Study
AN: 1999356438
UD: 199911

Gretchen Whitney, PhD                                     tel 423.974.7919
School of Information Sciences                            fax 423.974.4967
University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN 37996 USA           gwhitney at utk.edu

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