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The Weaknesses of Full-Text Searching
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The Weaknesses of Full-Text Searching

Author: J Beall
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, v34 n5 (200809): 438-444
Database:Copyright 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved
Other Databases: ERICArticleFirstBritish Library SerialsElsevier
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: J Beall
ISSN:0099-1333
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 443288283
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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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