Archive for November, 2012

Online Database Search Fundamentals

November 28, 2012

**crossposted at Libtech Soup**

Introduction

This will be the first of many posts on the subject of search as it relates to library reference staff.  It is an area that fascinates me.  This literature review will examine some of the search strategies that you can employ in tracking down information on the databases.  It is intended to be an introduction to online database searching.

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Serials Indexing: A Brief Overview

November 13, 2012

**crossposted at LibTech Soup**

Introduction

Booth (2-3) defines an index as “an organized (usually alphabetical) sequence of entries, each of which can lead a user to the desired information within a document, or to the required document within a collection.  Indexing is the process of creating – or, as some indexers prefer to say, compiling or writing – the index.”

Pieces of information in just about any format can be indexed, be they monographs, serials, bibliographies, audiovisual formats, directories, or bibliographies.  This paper will focus on one particular type of indexing, serials indexing.   A serial is an item within any format where several discrete parts are organized under one title.  Examples include periodicals, journals, magazines, newspapers, committee minutes, yearbooks, regular directories, and annual reports.

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