ERIC Number: ED295455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
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Languages and the Information Professions: Implications for the Storage, Management, and Retrieval of Online Information.
SantaVicca, Edmund F.
As more professionals come to rely on computer-based online information systems, knowledge of foreign languages and cultures plays a crucial role in the accurate storage, management, and retrieval of needed information. In the storage and management of information, foreign language knowledge is important in word choice and thesaurus control, indexing, cross-referencing, and arranging points of access. Online searching of databases for materials written, recorded, or described in a foreign language requires simultaneous use of three languages: the native language, the foreign language in question, and the language of the online system. Deficiency in any of these languages will result in less efficient or less effective information retrieval. Knowledge of foreign languages is increasingly important as information science advances. Without this knowledge, the information-seeker will be severely limited. (MSE)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Databases, Educational Needs, Efficiency, Indexing, Information Retrieval, Information Scientists, Information Sources, Information Storage, Languages for Special Purposes, Librarians, Online Searching, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Thesauri, Vocabulary
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages for Business and the Professions (see FL 016 586).