The Online Searcher's Companion

The Online Searcher's Companion

by William H. Forrester, Jane L. Rowlands

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781856042932
Publisher: Facet Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/1999
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.73(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Chapter 1The pre-search process5
Introduction5
What sort of information will be found?5
The pre-search stage7
Summary24
Chapter 2Basic search techniques25
Introduction25
Search request25
Boolean operators26
The adjacency operator31
Truncation32
Summary34
Chapter 3Advanced search techniques35
Introduction35
Free text vs. controlled terms35
Descriptors36
Field qualifiers41
Limiting searches42
SDI and saving search strategies45
Summary46
Chapter 4Full-text searching47
Introduction47
General considerations48
Searching tips and techniques48
Search operators for FT Profile57
Summary58
Chapter 5Basic Internet searching61
Introduction61
Internet-based online host systems62
Searching the web68
Summary87
Chapter 6Quantity vs. quality (recall vs. precision)89
Introduction89
Improving the recall of your search strategy90
Improving the precision of your search strategy92
Summary94
Chapter 7Worked examples97
Introduction97
Sample searches98
Sample search A98
Sample search B101
Sample search C103
Sample search D105
Sample search E107
Summary109
Appendix 1History of computers, online searching, and the Internet111
Introduction111
History111
Major sources used124
Appendix 2Modems125
Introduction125
What is a modem?125
How do modems connect with each other?126
Flow control130
What other communication parameters are required?131
Internal or external modems133
Appendix 3Books and journals on online/Internet searching137
Introduction137
Books on online searching138
Books on searching the Internet139
Journals on online/Internet searching140
Appendix 4Major online database host services145
Introduction145
Major online host services145
Index151

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