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Retrieval features for online databases: common, unique, and expected

Othman, Roslina and Halim, Nor Sahlawaty (2004) Retrieval features for online databases: common, unique, and expected. Online Information Review, 28 (3). pp. 200-210. ISSN 1468-4527

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Abstract

The aims of this study were to identify the retrieval features for online databases; difficulties faced by users; and retrieval features expected by users. A total of 25 databases were surveyed and 40 users were interviewed after the training sessions. Common retrieval features included Boolean operators,phrase searching, match of exact words or phrases, field specific and limit fields searches, truncation, and wildcard. Even though features are offered in many systems, their interpretation andimplementation are different. Unique features included lateral searching, density and frequency of terms, reference link, and searching via table of content. The expected features includedrelevance feedback and term weighting other than those already offered by ACM Digital Library and IEEE Xplore. Such expectations were influenced by the users’ background in ICT. Difficulties included application of the retrieval features in searching. Database providers must include the expected features, synonyms linked to terms in the thesaurus, and extensive search examples.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1675/31442
Uncontrolled Keywords: Online databases, Information retrieval
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK7800 Electronics. Computer engineering. Computer hardware. Photoelectronic devices > TK7885 Computer engineering
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology > Department of Library & Information Science
Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology > Department of Library & Information Science
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Roslina Othman
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2013 15:37
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:19
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/31442

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