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August 19, 2005

Trial of IRWI: Info Research Watch Int'l

The LIS Library has initiated a trial of the IRWI database (Information Research Watch International). Members of the UIUC community may access it until September 2, 2005 via the Online Research Resources search page:
or directly at this link:

Please take a moment to explore IRWI and advise me on its relevance to your work and scholarship, to assist me in deciding whether to subscribe. IRWI is available as a combined print + web subscription for $625/year.

Its publisher, CSA/Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, describes IRWI as follows:

“IRWI: Information Research Watch International reports new, ongoing and completed research in information and library science and related fields from around the world. Compiled from records supplied by the researchers themselves, the database gives access to information about current research prior to its appearance in the published literature, with details of researcher affiliation, research funding and funding bodies, duration, status of project and researcher contact information. The database currently contains over 8,500 records from more than 70 countries stretching back over 20 years.”

“The database is compiled by the Editor, Pirkko Elliott, from unpublished reports of research into library and information science (LIS) and related fields such as museums, archives and records management; print and broadcasting media, publishing and book selling; information and communications technologies and telecommunications associated with information storage, preservation, retrieval and dissemination. Project entries are accepted in any major European language, but English is preferred.”

“Major areas of coverage include:
o Archives and records management
o Bibliographic records
o Digital, virtual and hybrid libraries
o Document delivery technologies
o Information and communications technologies
o Information and knowledge management
o Information science theory and practice
o Information storage and retrieval
o Information work
o Internet and World Wide Web
o Knowledge and learning
o Libraries and resource centres
o Library and Information science profession
o Library collections and information resources
o Library technology
o Library use and users
o Media, publishing and book selling
o Reading and literacy
o Technical services”

“Dates of Coverage: 1980 – current.
Update Frequency: Monthly, with approximately 50 records added per update.”

More details are available at:

Please send feedback to Sue Searing ( or click on "Comments" below to leave a comment here. Thank you!

Posted by at August 19, 2005 9:52 AM



The LIS Library has extended its trial of the IRWI database until October 10, 2005. Access it via the Online Research Resources search page ( or directly at this link:

If you have not already explored IRWI, please take a moment to examine it and advise me on its relevance to your work and scholarship, to assist me in deciding whether to subscribe. While all feedback is welcome, I would particularly like to hear from Library faculty in this round of the trial.

For a full description of IRWI, see:

Please send comments to Sue Searing ( or use the comment feature here. Thank you!

Posted by: Sue Searing at September 20, 2005 1:32 PM

What happens after September 2, 2005? Will access be closed?

Posted by: Search Engine Optimisation at October 21, 2005 3:57 PM

The trial sub was extended to mid-October and is now over. Based on unenthusiastic feedback from LIS Library users, we will not institute a paid subscription to IRWI.

Sue Searing, LIS Librarian

Posted by: Sue Searing, LIS Librarian at October 21, 2005 5:43 PM