Subject retrieval from full-text databases in the humanities

East, John W. (2007) Subject retrieval from full-text databases in the humanities. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 7 2: 227-241. doi:10.1353/pla.2007.0018

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Author East, John W.
Title Subject retrieval from full-text databases in the humanities
Journal name Portal: Libraries and the Academy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1530-7131
Publication date 2007-04
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1353/pla.2007.0018
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Volume 7
Issue 2
Start page 227
End page 241
Total pages 15
Editor Budd, J. M.
Place of publication Baltimore, MD, United States
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Collection year 2007
Language eng
Subject C1
400201 Librarianship
700201 Library and related information services
Abstract This paper examines the problems involved in subject retrieval from full-text databases of secondary materials in the humanities. Ten such databases were studied and their search functionality evaluated, focusing on factors such as Boolean operators, document surrogates, limiting by subject area, proximity operators, phrase searching, wildcards, weighting of search terms, limiting by type of document, controlled vocabulary indexing and ranking, and display of search results. The author suggests ways in which full-text searching might be improved, whether by enhancement of database records, by introduction of enhanced search functionality, or by the education of searchers in more effective search techniques. The conclusion is that current digitisation projects are not producing databases that meet the needs of scholars.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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