Specialized indexes list books, articles, dissertations, and other specialized materials relevant to their specific disciplines. Many of the items they list are obscure and available only in the largest libraries.
These indexes are great resources if you are working on an in-depth project and need to track down hard-to-find source material. The following specialized tools-and dozens more-are available both in paper and electronic form.
- America: History and Life
- Biological Abstracts (Biosis)
- Index Medicus (Medline)
- MLA International Bibliography
- Psychological Abstracts (PsycINFO)
A reference or special-sections librarian can help you locate and use the specialized indexes housed in your library as well as those of other research libraries accessible through the interlibrary loan system.