Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Family Index, Volume 1: 1995 / Volume 2: 1996

Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Family Index, Volume 1: 1995 / Volume 2: 1996

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Family Index, Volume 1: 1995, and Volume 2: 1996. John Touliatos (Ed.). Fort Worth, TX: Human Sciences Publications. 1996 and 1997. 460 pp., 952 pp. ISBN 1-888733-01-2 and ISSN 1089-6147. $149. 95 and $159.95 cloth.

Family scholars and students have been fortunate to have access to a rich bibliographic reference tool, beginning with Aldous and Hill's International Bibliography of Research in Marriage and the Family, Volume 1: 1900-1964, published in 1967, which recorded 12,850 references. With the publication in 1995 of John Touliatos's Inventory of Marriage and Family Literature, Volume 20: 1993-1994, the socalled IMFL series had cumulatively recorded over 99,000 references. The new Family Index, created by the IMFL's final editor, continues this tradition with 9,440 references in its first two annual volumes.

Family Index's introduction provides an overview of content coverage, organizational notes and usage advice, a list of journals covered, and a detailed lexicon of subject categories and related terms in three levels. Next comes the bulk of each volume, a subject index with full references alphabetized within more than 1,000 subject categories. This is followed by an alphabetized author index, listing all publications for the year by author and with coauthor cross-references. Each volume ends with supplementary lists of subject terms and authors cited.

Users familiar with the IMFL series will appreciate several changes in Family Index. The listing of subject categories with cross-references to related terms permits those with broader interests to locate all publications with more specific relevance to the search. The key-word-in-title feature common to the IMFL series has been dropped. Although it permitted another route of entry, this feature was mostly redundant with listings by subject, and its abbreviated citations required moving to the author index to screen for relevance. Another virtue of Family Index is broad journal coverage, with approximately 1,000 different periodicals included. The earliest volumes in the IMFL series began with comprehensive journal coverage but reduced the scope to about 300 journals for the final few volumes. …

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