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ERIC Number: ED210025
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 32
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Subject Indexes vs. Original Documents as Research Sources: A Comparative Account of Text Construction and Use for Academic Libraries.
Eichman, Thomas Lee
An adaptation of Heilprin's model of the path of propagation of human messages is used to explore the truism that more experienced academic researchers tend to go directly to the published literature, while less experienced researchers may rely more on such secondary sources as indexes and other library reference and bibliographic services. The iconic model, which incorporates an assumption from linguistics about the indirectness of meaning in a message text, is used to examine some of the intellectual processes shared by indexers and authors, as well as ways in which the individual tasks of these persons are different. It is believed that these similarities and differences, as reflected in the texts of the two types of written messages they produce, are partly responsible for the behavior described by the truism. Eleven figures illustrate discussions of theoretical models, documents and indexes, research through references, critical research, citation indexing, the knowledgeable researcher, and the memory of research. A concluding discussion briefly reviews several other models proposed for use in library and information science, and a 34-item bibliography is attached. (RBF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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