Show simple item record Graham, Rumi Y. 2017-04-07T22:00:13Z 2017-04-07T22:00:13Z 2004
dc.identifier.citation Graham, R. Y. (2004). Subject no-hits searches in an academic library online catalog: an exploration of two potential ameliorations. College & Research Libraries, 65, 28-34. doi:10.5860/crl.65.1.36 en_US
dc.description Sherpa Romeo blue journal; open access en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper describes a study that explored ways in which users’ subject-searching problems in a local online catalog might be reduced. On a weekly basis, the author reviewed catalog transaction logs to identify topics of subject searches retrieving no records for which appropriate information resources may actually be represented in the catalog. For topics thus identified, the author explored two potential ameliorations of the no-hits search results through the use of authority record cross-references and “pathfinder” records providing brief instructions on search refinement. This paper describes the study findings, discusses possible concerns regarding the amelioration methods used, outlines additional steps needed to determine whether the potential ameliorations make a difference to users’ searching experiences, and suggests related areas for further research. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Subject searching en_US
dc.subject No-hits search results en_US
dc.subject Pathfinder en_US
dc.subject Academic library en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Online library catalogs--Subject access--Problem, exercises, etc.
dc.subject.lcsh Subject headings
dc.subject.lcsh Authority files (Information retrieval)
dc.subject.lcsh Cross references (Information retrieval)
dc.title Subject no-hits searches in an academic library online catalog: an exploration of two potential ameliorations en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Library en_US
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US

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