Abstracting and indexing are major tools involved in the construction of a database. To test reliability and ease of retrieval one volume each of two chiropractic journals were traced through six databases. Marked disparity was noted in index terminology between author-generated index terms and terms acceptable to indexing agencies, as well as the number of index terms used by different databases. There appears to be a need for deeper understanding by authors, editors and searchers of proper index terminology, and by indexers of the material they read and index.
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