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ERIC Number: EJ809161
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0099-1333
The Weaknesses of Full-Text Searching
Beall, Jeffrey
Journal of Academic Librarianship, v34 n5 p438-444 Sep 2008
This paper provides a theoretical critique of the deficiencies of full-text searching in academic library databases. Because full-text searching relies on matching words in a search query with words in online resources, it is an inefficient method of finding information in a database. This matching fails to retrieve synonyms, and it also retrieves unwanted homonyms. Numerous other problems also make full-text searching an ineffective information retrieval tool. Academic libraries purchase and subscribe to numerous proprietary databases, many of which rely on full-text searching for access and discovery. An understanding of the weaknesses of full-text searching is needed to evaluate the search and discovery capabilities of academic library databases.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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