Collection Spotlight: Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA)
by Brenna Helmstutler, Librarian for the School of Information Studies
A Syracuse University Libraries resource that I regularly recommend in my position as Librarian for the School of Information Studies (iSchool) and use in my own research is Library, Information Science, and Technology Abstracts (LISTA), an EBSCO-provided database covering topics across the library science, information science and technology landscape. It is ideal for iSchool research but is also relevant for other schools and colleges with related research topics. Examples of subjects covered in this robust database include:
- Artificial intelligence
- Digital preservation
- Diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in libraries
- Information literacy
- Social media analysis
LISTA’s journal coverage offers 453 journals, 341 of which are peer-reviewed. Some of these titles include:
- Behavior and Information Technology
- IASSIST Quarterly
- Journal of Strategic Information Systems
- Portal: Libraries and the Academy
- Publishers Weekly
- School Library Journal
Additional source types in LISTA consist of conference proceedings, trade publications, case studies and reports. Dates of coverage across all sources range from the mid-1960s to the present.
Because LISTA is provided by EBSCO, provider of many databases to the Libraries, their menu of items to support searching is available and customized to the database’s subject areas. A thesaurus offers additional search terms and their origins in the fields of library science, information science and technology research for more context. Filtering options are available on both the setup and results pages to further develop and refine searches. LISTA can also be searched with other EBSCO databases, such as Library Literature and Information Science Full-Text to maximize the search process. Articles can be saved in an EBSCO folder or exported to a citation manager for later direct access.
Details of Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts content from EBSCO’s product page.