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AFRIK-IT  March 1998

AFRIK-IT March 1998

Subject:

(Fwd) Library of Congress Index of Periodical Literature East

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Jeff Cochrane <[log in to unmask]>

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Greetings Afrik-ITes!

A friend in Nairobi asks that I pass this along...

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Date:          Thu, 5 Mar 1998 14:09:01 -0300 (GMT+3)

       Index to Periodical Literature from Eastern and Southern
Africa

                   Electronic Bibliographic Search Service
                                 provided by
                   the Library of Congress Office, Nairobi
                             in conjunction with
           UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
                   Integrated Regional Information Network
                       for Central and Eastern Africa

Version 0.6 February 1998

INTRODUCTION

The Nairobi Office of the Library of Congress indexes selected
periodicals which are received regularly in its programme to acquire
publications from 24 eastern and southern African countries. On the
whole, scholarly journals are indexed; however, a number of journals
not of a scholarly nature are included but not indexed exhaustively.
The full database of over 19,000 article references published between
1991 and 1997 can now be searched via e-mail.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Integrated
Regional Information Network (IRIN) has developed an e-mail interface
to the database established by the Library of Congress. IRIN is
supporting the service as part of its information exchange initiatives
in Africa. For further information, write to [log in to unmask]

A query sent by e-mail can contain a number of search terms, and an
automatic reply should be returned automatically within a couple of
hours. The reply will contain the reference to the article (Author,
Title, Volume, etc) but not the text itself. The publications
themselves are not available electronically, but can be requested from
the publishers. A second database holds the postal addresses for the
publishers.

EXAMPLES

Send e-mail to [log in to unmask] with any subject you like,
and with a body containing: find word word word (up to nine).

Example:
By: [log in to unmask]
To: [log in to unmask]
Re: anything
-----------------------
find uganda ecology

You should get an automatic reply, listing the references to all
articles which contain both the words Uganda and ecology. If you put a
slash (uganda/ecology), you will get all the articles that *either*
have uganda or ecology in them.

If you find an article you are interested in, you can get the address
of the journal by sending a mail to [log in to unmask] using
the same syntax. Example message text: find nairobi law monthly

TIPS AND HINTS

* Your search will fail if you don't put "find" in there somewhere.
* You must use at least one search term, up to nine.
* If your search generates more than 40 "hits", you will be asked to focus
your search a little. If you don't get any hits, you should also be
told.
* Partial word matches will generate hits.

WARNING

This is now in the "beta" testing phase so be patient. Your assistance
in suggesting new features, finding bugs, etc is much appreciated. If
the service proves popular, we will invest more time in refining the
service and user interface.

PLANNED FEATURES

* To be able to search by field (i.e. author = Bloggs)
* To choose your own maximum hits level
* Accented characters in MIME format?

The service is presently maintained by: Ben Parker ([log in to unmask])
for IRIN-CEA The Library of Congress Nairobi Office is contactable on:
[log in to unmask]

REFERENCE

Reference for the Index: Quarterly Index to Periodical Literature,
Eastern and Southern Africa (Volume I, Number 1, 1991), Library of
Congress Office, Nairobi.

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