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ISSNs now in PAIS data records on tape.

The PAIS International bibliographic database now includes the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN). In 1993 PAIS introduced a new magnetic tape format providing distinct data fields, such as Library of Congress number, journal name, or Superintendent of Documents number, which had previously been formatted in a single citation field. The new tape format is designed to provide data elements in separate fields in order to make index-building easier and consequently to improve search results.

The ISSN, while provided as a data element in the separate Periodicals Authority file, the complete listing of periodicals used for PAIS indexing documents, was not provided in the periodical bibliographic entry. Now the bibliographic entries for 94 percent of the PAIS periodical articles includes the ISSN.

PAIS expects the provision of the ISSN in the bibliographic entry to prove valuable. One anticipated benefit is in the area of document delivery. It will be easier to order documents identified in the PAIS International database with the ISSN number in the bibliographic entry. Subscribing organizations can also use the ISSN as a match element to identify periodicals held in their collection.

For more information, contact PAIS, 521 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036, 212/736-6629.

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Title Annotation:International Standard Serial Numbers for PAIS International bibliographic database
Publication:Information Today
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jul 1, 1994
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