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ERIC Number: ED298965
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 17
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The Effectiveness of Keyword Searching in an Online Catalog To Access a Special Collection.
Olson, Dennis H.; Richards, Mary
This study was conducted to compare the effectiveness of keyword searching in an online catalog to traditional subject searching in one special collection of vocational rehabilitation materials. Subject area specialists assessed the contents of books using their terminology, and compared the results to MARC records. It was found that slightly under half of the items from the sample could be accessed using subject searching, while over 86% of the records could be retrieved when all MARC fields were searched by keyword; the title field provided the greatest access. The prevalence of multiword terms in the sample indicates that a catalog capable of proximity searching would be very useful. Two figures are included. (13 bibliographic notes/references) (Author/EW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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