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This study compares ABI/INFORM and Business Source Premier, the two major periodical databases in the business field, to determine which database is covering the major scholarly journals most thoroughly. The comparison was made by compiling a list of major journals based on scholars' choice in the fields of accounting, finance, MIS, and marketing. In the field of management, the journals studied are based on ISI's Journal of Citation Reports. The list was compared with the title lists of journals indexed in each database. The results indicate that the two databases are very similar. ABI/INFORM is more comprehensive in the number of journals and in the number of unique titles. However, Business Source Premier has better coverage of full-text holdings and more unique titles held in full-text format.


Business research; Collection Development; Periodical databases; Scholarly research


Collection Development and Management | Library and Information Science

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Tucker, J. C. (2006). Taking care of business: Selecting the best periodical database for your business patrons. Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship, 11(4), 23-44.

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