ERIC Number: ED160109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
ONTAP: Online Training and Practice Manual for ERIC Data Base Searchers.
Markey, Karen; Atherton, Pauline
This self-improvement manual developed for experienced online searchers presents and discusses several alternative search strategies and their appropriate use to achieve the desired outcome. The manual is divided into two parts: (1) an eight step model of the total search process emphasizing how the decision of the information professional affects retrieval results and search objectives at each step of the search process; and (2) introduction to DIALOG's ONTAP file and self-improvement exercises with search formulations and explanations selected from the questions stored in the ONTAP file. Each exercise falls within the scope of interest of one of the 16 ERIC Clearinghouses. The ONTAP file is a subset of the ERIC data base consisting of RIE and CIJE citations for the 1975 ERIC file and 29 simple, moderate, or difficult search questions with answer sets. It was developed to allow searchers to evaluate their output by computing recall and precision scores of their results with the results of a "perfect search" or answer set. The appendices include 13 search save formulations of common search facets for "population level" and "tools" which can be accessed and exchanged between DIALOG workspaces by using the procedures that are outlined, and a comprehensive guide to DIALOG's ERIC data bases. (JPF)
Descriptors: Databases, Guides, Improvement Programs, Library Education, Models, Online Systems, Relevance (Information Retrieval), Search Strategies, Training
Syracuse University Printing Services, 125 College Place, Syracuse, New York 13210 (IR-24; $6.00 plus $0.60 postage and handling)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, Syracuse, NY.