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OF THE

PUBLIC AFFAIRS
INFORMATION SERVICE

A COOPERATIVE CLEARING HOUSE

OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS INFORMATION

FOURTH ANNUAL CUMULATION

EDITED BY

LILLIAN HENLEY

ASSISTED BY

KATHARINE J. MIDDLETON

NEW YORK

THE H. W. WILSON COMPANY

1918

The plan for a cooperative index, order list and catalog covering the latest material relating to public affairs has continued to develop until the fourth annual volume of Public Affairs Information Service Bulletin is now issued. This volume includes the contents of the weekly issues of the Bulletin published during the fiscal year from October 1, 1917, to September 30, 1918, also additional periodical references, author entries for items having more than one subject or analytic, and the latest information appended to many entries in the last editorial revision.

Special emphasis is placed upon the listing of fugitive and irregular publications. The Service is on the mailing list of hundreds of societies and organizations whose proceedings are analyzed in the Bulletin. The contents of new books in this field are analyzed, thus making it unnecessary for libraries to have this work duplicated in the card catalog. The Service is on the mailing list of approximately three hundred periodicals not indexed elsewhere, which include trade journals, publications issued by civic organizations, chambers of commerce, commercial clubs, municipalities, etc. New government publications, including the Official Bulletin, Federal Reserve Bulletin, War Trade Board Journal, Vocational Summary, etc., have been regularly examined. Articles especially pertinent to our field, but which are indexed also by the other Wilson publications, are occasionally included.

A cursory glance at the subjects covered in the 1918 volume will show the trend of thought and discussion during the past year. Present problems and "after the war" problem have been treated by specialists in the different fields.

So many new subjects have arisen, that it has been difficult to place entries permanently and satisfactorily. It is hoped that the cross references will make every entry easily available to the user.

It may be helpful to explain why the sub-headings, Laws and Legislation have both been used. The former has been used when the actual text of the law is given, the latter, when the article contains merely a discussion of the law or laws.

Attention is invited to the list of typewritten material, including both bibliographies and digests, to be found in the last pages of the Annual. Copies of any material desired may be obtained on application to the Service.

In spite of a reduced staff and increased expenses, it has been possible to increase the size of the annual volume approximately seventy-five pages over the 1917 Annual and one hundred and seventy five pages over the 1915 and 1916 Annuals. This annual volume is printed on thin paper in order to comply with the requirements of the War Industries Board.

The editor wishes to express her appreciation to the cooperators and subscribers, and to the Advisory Committee for their cooperation thruout the year.

Thanks are also due the members of The H. W. Wilson Company, who always cooperate gladly with the staff of the P. A. I. S., when advice and suggestions are sought.

L. II.

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