information retrieval

Christina's LIS Rant

Category archives for information retrieval

Some of these are better than others. Some don’t have nice controlled vocabularies and are a bit wonky in the free version.  Nearly all of them you can get through another interface for a fee if you need more precision in searching or to export your results. (oh, as an aside – you’ve got the…

Finding information on a topic

Previously, I had a post about finding information in books using things like Google Book Search. This post talks about finding information on a topic, or more specifically, why you should start your search with a research database and more about what research databases are (like the real ones). In a post coming up, I’ll…

Michael J. Kurtz of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics came to speak at MPOW at a gathering of librarians from across the larger institution (MPOW is a research lab affiliated with a large private institution).  He’s an astronomer but more recently he’s been publishing in bibliometrics quite a bit using data from the ADS.  You…

Finding Information in Books

I’ve talked about this a bit at sessions I taught at my library and also at Web Search University but it’s still a favorite.  Plus, you asked for posts on finding information. Oh, and one of the tools just released some updates so this is fairly timely. This is not how to use the catalog…

(came in late because the speaker I initially chose to see failed to show up) A speaker from Serials Solution’s Summon reviewed various pieces of research done recently both by LIS researchers and by big libraries. Summed up pretty well by Tenopir (he copied her graph), increasing costs, decreasing importance as a gateway for research…

This is the 5th of the test essays in preparation for comps.  This question was posed by my advisor.  I opened it and went, “wow.” It’s sort of like the perfect storm of question.  When I first finished it, I thought I did really well, but now it seems less than completely satisfying.  So here’s…