ERIC Number: ED024570
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
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Retrieval of the 1964 Laser Literature Using MIT's Project Tip.
Keenan, Stella; Terry, Edward
Reported are the performance characteristics of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Technical Information Program (TIP) system based on a study involving three search strategies in retrieval o f laser articles published in 1964. The TIP system provides access to (1) title, (2) author(s), (3) bibliographic references, and (4) literature citations of articles comprising a large part of the body of physics literature. The field of lasers was chosen for study because it is a relatively new field and would thus allow a complete view of the scope of its pertinent literature. Asburn's laser bibliography was used as a reference to which articles located in TIP were compared. There are 25 core journals in the field of physics which are stored by TIP. Programmed instructions are used to obtain a response from the system by (1) search, defining what literature is to be searched, (2) find, stating item to be found, and (3) output, describing requirements of computer output. Three different strategies were used to retrieve titles of the 1964 literature. Results of the project indicated that TIP was a reliable means of retrieval of laser articles within the TIP library. Similar research will continue in an effort to improve retrieval of scientific literature. (DH)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Inst. of Physics, New York, NY.