Full text gaps Whiting, Peter C 14 Oct 2002 21:11 UTC

I have run across a new phenomenon in cataloging electronic serials that
presents a new challenge. A major vendor, nameless to protect the guilty,
has full-text gaps for journals that have full-text coverage. For example
one journal has full-text coverage beginning in 1992. Then there is a
"full-text gap" of no full-text coverage between 8/1999 and 4/2001.
Full-text coverage resumes again in 5/2001.

On the journal title list for this database, with "Full-Text Gaps" and
"Page Image Gaps," I counted over 60 journals that have coverage gaps. How
are libraries dealing with this? Are there any cataloging rules that cover
coverage gaps?

Thanks, Peter

Peter Whiting
Serials Librarian
David L. Rice Library
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Blvd.
Evansville, Indiana 47712

e-mail: pwhiting@usi.edu
phone: 812.465.1280
fax: 812.465.1693