ERIC Number: ED385233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Computer Archives and the Literature Search.
Wehmeyer, Lillian Biermann
This paper outlines the use of computer resources to conduct a literature search. While the phrase "computer archives" can refer to all computerized materials, for this discussion it is limited to textual information available online. Both commercial online services and organizations on the Internet offer files to search and download. In addition, thousands of discussion groups allow members to post notices that may contain information. Locator tools for electronic documents at present consist of print-like tools such as indexes and bibliographies, multifile keyword indexes, and unifile keyword search tools. The use of each to retrieve information is outlined. Once retrieved, information must be evaluated. The uneven nature of documentation in computer archives makes evaluation even more essential than for print resources. Computer access opens new prospects for students, and its potential is particularly apparent in the field of education. Some suggestions are given for teaching students of education to search computer archives, with descriptions of the ERIC system, the Archie and Veronica search tools, and 15 sample screens. An appendix lists search steps. (Contains 11 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Archives, Bibliographies, Databases, Education Majors, Electronic Mail, Evaluation Methods, Information Literacy, Information Retrieval, Internet, Online Searching, Online Systems, Reference Materials, Reference Services, Resources, Search Strategies, User Needs (Information)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).