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Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 143, 111-135

The NASA Astrophysics Data System: Data holdings

Carolyn S. Grant - Alberto Accomazzi - Guenther Eichhorn - Michael J. Kurtz - Stephen S. Murray

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Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A.

Received August 30; accepted September 3, 1999


Since its inception in 1993, the ADS Abstract Service has become an indispensable research tool for astronomers and astrophysicists worldwide. In those seven years, much effort has been directed toward improving both the quantity and the quality of references in the database. From the original database of approximately 160 000 astronomy abstracts, our dataset has grown almost tenfold to approximately 1.5 million references covering astronomy, astrophysics, planetary sciences, physics, optics, and engineering. We collect and standardize data from approximately 200 journals and present the resulting information in a uniform, coherent manner. With the cooperation of journal publishers worldwide, we have been able to place scans of full journal articles on-line back to the first volumes of many astronomical journals, and we are able to link to current version of articles, abstracts, and datasets for essentially all of the current astronomy literature. The trend toward electronic publishing in the field, the use of electronic submission of abstracts for journal articles and conference proceedings, and the increasingly prominent use of the World Wide Web to disseminate information have enabled the ADS to build a database unparalleled in other disciplines.

The ADS can be accessed at:

Key words: methods: data analysis -- astronomical bibliography

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