Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Mapping Selected General Literature of International Nursing*

Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Mapping Selected General Literature of International Nursing*

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INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this study is twofold: to identify the core journals cited in four general, English-language nursing journals published outside of the United States and to identify the indexing services that offer access to those core journals. The study is part of a broader project to map the literature of nursing, sponsored by the Nursing and Allied Health Resources section (NAHRS) of the Medical Library Association (MLA). As described in the project's overview article, citation analyses of selected source journals in various nursing disciplines were conducted to identify the referenced literature [1]. This method proves to be the most reliable in determining the publication types and currency of the resources used by nurses in their professional communication. Comparisons of the results from all the studies appear in two tables in the overview article: Table 2 indicates the cited formats by area of study and Table 3 shows the publication years of cited references by area of study [1]. Each nursing discipline represented in the broader study was assigned to one of three publication time periods. Phase 1 studies analyzed articles published in the years 1996-1998, Phase 2 covered the period 1997-1999, and Phase 3 the period 1998-2000. This study of selected non-US. English nursing journals is part of Phase 3 and was included because, as McConnell states, "in today's global society, awareness of foreign nursing publications increases our understanding of nursing from an international perspective" [2]. …

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