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The reports are not only comparable to each other, but are also condensations of the kind of information now appearing with regularity in women's studies journals and other documents. Databases related to women and politics are highlighted in a series of articles examining bibliographic and numeric files. IS Written by subject specialists, these describe content in detail but give little analysis of indexing practices or file structure. Falk's recent survey of databases for the history of European women gives much more of this latter information, including sample search strategies, but is primarily directed at the end user rather than the librarian. 19 Falk discusses ways to get around limitations in vocabulary and to identify sources not before viewed in the context of women's history. Wheeler has compiled a comprehensive guide to print and online periodical indexes and abstracting services relevant to feminist research. 20 Speaking to the student or research user, she cites the general scope of each tool, any special features, sample subject headings and examples of which journals are covered. In this large bibliography our detailed criteria would be excessive but could provide a broad framework for description. A notable event for librarians, educa-

tors, and researchers in women's studies is the appearance of the first public bibliographic file focusing exclusively on this topic, Catalyst Resources for Women. Available through BRS, the file has been thoroughly documented by Dadlez.21 She does not measure the database against any external models or criteria, but her article furnishes answers to many of the questions in our evaluation guidelines, listing types of sources, time span, indexing terms, citation formats, access points, search strategies, and the like.