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B ank .” T h e p r im a ry basis fo r th e d a ta base is th e
Index to Hebrew
Periodicals
de sc r ibed above — all items re lev an t to E re tz -Israe l
in th e cum u la ted In d ex from 1977 to d a te fo rm th e m a jo r bu lk
o f the on -line Data Bank. However, ce r ta in p re -1977 period ica ls
o r p re -1977 ru n s o f c u r r e n t jo u rn a ls have a lready been a d d ed ,
such as
Yediot Ha-Hevra Le-Hakirat Eretz-Israel Ve-Atikoteha,
the
i r re g u la r
Eretz-Israel, Teva Va-Aretz
an d th e Eng lish -language
Is­
rael Exploration Journa l
which, o f cou rse , falls ou ts ide th e scope
o f th e
Index.
As time an d budge ts allow, f u r th e r back ru n s o f
im p o r ta n t period ica ls will be p rocessed an d a d d e d to the Data
Bank , as well as ed ited volumes o f articles an d — p e rh a p s —
im p o r ta n t ch ap te rs f rom m ono g rap h ic works o r collections by
single au tho rs . As o f O c tobe r 1987, th e L ib rary o f Yad Y itzhak
Ben-Zvi has been co o p e ra ting with H aifa University L ib ra ry in
the re tro spec tive expan s ion o f th e E re tz -Israe l Data Bank.
Use o f th e Data B ank is p resen tly lim ited to re ad e rs a t H aifa
Un iversity L ibrary , th o u g h a “Site In d e x ” has been p rocessed
an d m ade commercially available on one m icrofiche . T h e sub ­
classification fo r “sites” with m any re fe ren ce s , such as J e r u s a ­
lem, is no t de ta iled e n o u g h , n o r is th e n um b e r o f “see also”
re fe ren ce s sa tisfactory .6
I t shou ld be em phas ized th a t all th e indexes p ro d u c ed o r
s to red by H a ifa Un iversity L ib rary a re searchab le, com pu te r ized
d a ta bases which allow fo r soph istica ted searches on the p r em ­
ises o f th a t L ibrary . H opefu lly , users in o th e r institu tions will
soon be able to c a rry o u t on -line searches th ro u g h a ne tw o rk
o f academ ic libraries.
T h e last g ro u p o f d irec tiona l type re fe ren ce s works which
we shall describe is com posed o f gu ides to archival m a teria l.
T h e Israe l A rchives Association pub lished th e
Guide to Archives
in Israel
in 1973 which lists th e reco rd g ro u p s th en on depo s it
in 31 repo s ito ries in Israel. T h e r e is no ind ica tion o f subjects
dea lt with in th e do cum en ta t io n fo u n d in each re co rd g ro u p .
An index allows us to locate reco rd g ro u p s p e r ta in in g to one
o rgan iza tion o r ind iv idua l which a re fo u n d in several repo s i­
tories. A rchival m a te r ia l which o r ig in a ted d u r in g d i f fe re n t p e ­
riods with Y itzhak Ben-Zvi, second p re s id en t o f the S tate o f
6. This has already been greatly rectified in the 1977-1986 cumulation o f
the
Index to Hebrew Periodicals.
Since the “Data Bank” uses the Thesaurus
developed for the
Index,
it stands to reason that the next issue o f the
Site
Index
o f the Eretz-Israel Data Bank will be much improved.