Online Searching prepares students in library and information science programs to assist information seekers at all levels, from university faculty to elementary school students. Included in the third edition are interviews with librarians and other information professionals whose words of wisdom broaden graduate students’ perspectives regarding online searching in a variety of work settings serving different kinds of information seekers.
The book’s chapters are organized according to the steps in the search process:1. Conducting a reference interview to determine what the seeker wants2. Identifying sources that are likely to produce relevant information for the seeker’s query3. Determining whether the user seeks a known item or information about a subject4. Dividing the query into main ideas and combining them logically5. Representing the query as input to the search system6. Conducting the search and responding strategically7. Displaying retrievals, assessing them, and responding tactically
A new chapter on web search engines builds on students’ existing experience with keyword searching and relevance ranking by introducing them to more sophisticated techniques to use in the search box and on the results page. A completely revised chapter on assessing research impact discusses the widespread use of author and article iMetrics, a trend that has developed rapidly since the publication of the second edition.
More than 100 figures and tables provide readers with visualizations of concepts and examples of real searches and actual results. Textboxes offer additional topical details and professional insights.
New videos supplement the text by delving more deeply into topics such as database types, information organization, specialized search techniques, results filtering, and the role of browsing in the information seeking process.
An updated glossary makes it easy to find definitions of terms used throughout the book.
With new and updated material, this edition of Online Searching gives students knowledge and skills for success when intermediating between information seekers and the sources they need.
Karen Markey is a professor emerita in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Her experience with online searching began with the earliest commercial systems, Dialog, Orbit, and BRS; the first end-user systems, CD-ROMs and online catalogs; and now centers on today’s web search engines and proprietary search systems for accessing surrogate and source databases of full texts, media, and numeric and spatial data. Since joining the faculty at Michigan in 1987, she has taught online searching to thousands of students in her school’s library and information science program.
Cheryl Knott is a professor in the School of Information at the University of Arizona. Her experience with online searching began in 1988, when she became a reference librarian at the University of Texas and access to online databases involved dialing in via an external modem. For two decades she has taught online searching in undergraduate courses designed for end users and graduate courses designed for master’s students in library and information science programs. Her book, Find the Information You Need! Resources and Techniques for Making Decisions, Solving Problems, and Answering Questions (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), is designed for undergraduates.
List of Figures, Textboxes, and Tables
1. The Age of Search
2. Accessing Quality Information at the Library Website
3. The Reference Interview
4. Selecting a Relevant Database
5. Presearch Preparation
6. Controlled Vocabulary
7. Free-Text Searching
8. Web Search Engines
9. Known-Item Searching
10. Assessing Research Impact
11. Search Strategies
12. Working with Results
13. Performing a Technical Reading of a Database’s Search System
14. Interacting with Library Users
15. Online Searching Now and in the Future
About the Authors
Markey’s all-inclusive textbook on online searching, first published in 2015, is now available in a third edition, revised by Knott. Knott’s revisions add variety to Markey’s authoritative voice, ensuring that this work will continue to be an essential part of LIS curricula…. This text abounds with succinct yet comprehensive instruction that maintains relevancy for today’s students and practitioners. For example, the chapter “Assessing Research Impact” contains information on Dimensions AI, an increasingly popular AI-based scientific research database. Knott and Markey also provide thoughtful guidance on conducting the reference interview. Librarians may appreciate the reminder to know when to stop searching, which brings to mind the adage “Librarians like to seek, users like to find.” Though written with LIS students and faculty in mind, this volume will be of use to any librarian wishing to update their online searching skills.
Online Searching: A Guide to Finding Quality Information Efficiently and Effectively, Third Edition aptly provides contexts and tools for online searching. Library and Information Science educators, students, and practitioners will appreciate this text as a companion to information seeking. This book is compelling and provides real-world examples of theoretical foundations and practical skills for readers.
Cheryl Knott’s updated edition of Online Searching includes a whole chapter, plus multiple references throughout, on the important role of publicly available web search engines like Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo in serving information needs for a variety of clients. This subject matter, a welcome addition to the comprehensive exploration of traditional academic databases, provides librarians and other information professionals an opportunity to review and refresh their web search skills in order to communicate good practices to clients.
I have adopted this most authoritative, research/theory-based, and practical textbook of Online Searching: A Guide to Finding Quality Information Efficiently and Effectively since its first edition. Students voted it as the best textbook for the course of information storage and retrieval and online searching. The third edition not only answers the questions of 'Why Scholarship is Not Free?' but also the question of 'What is Google?' The timely inclusion of Chapter 8 Web Search Engines greatly satisfies such curiosity and enhances professional online searching services and personal online searching skills.
The textbook is empowered by helpful videos of each topic to let the visual speak. Such visual and audio enrich the learning experience. The third edition provides additional video interviews of reference librarians and experts in the field. It is a multimedia digital textbook for online searching.
This third edition brings new updates and additions to an already successful text. The two authors definitely captured the latest on the ever-changing scene of information searching and information retrieval. The chapter on web search engines’ enhanced searching and indexing capabilities introduces information seekers to running more complex searches enabling them to retrieve more relevant information from the Internet. Markey and Malone also highlight the research impact numbers associated with scholars’ productivity, a recent feature added by many databases and publishers. I'm looking forward to introducing the new edition to the students in my advanced online searching class.
Supplementary videos for Online Searching, 3rd ed.
Supplementary videos feature short lectures and demos that help deepen students’ understanding of information organization, database functionality, and professional practice. Topics covered include:
Database orientation and help
Classification systems and codes
Techniques for greater recall
Techniques for greater precision
Field indexes unique to particular databases
Retrieval of open access books and articles
Search tools for readers' advisory
Search tools for K-12 learners