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Tim Siftar

Tim Siftar
Librarian for Information Sci & Tech, School of Education, and Goodwin College
Hours M-F: 9am-5pm
Hagerty Library, Room 134


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Information Retrieval

  1. Finding Books
  2. Finding Articles
  3. Journals
  4. Proceedings & Dissertations
  5. Encyclopedias, Reference & Other
  6. Associations, Research Centers

Scope of this guide:

Information retrieval has two major aspects - the first dealing with the technology of search and storage, and the second dealing with human factors the aspect of a user's interaction with the retrieval process.  This guide proposes to focus primarily on the technology aspect. More info on user interaction may be found in the HCI Research Guide.

Finding Books

Searching the catalog for books: Try a keyword search:

"information retrieval" (use quotes for best results)

Try a subject search:

Information retrieval or Information storage and retrieval systems


search full-text within the a collection of e-books such as IGI: IGI Books  

Search terms "optimiz* and retrieval" (using quotes - then refine results)

Also see this great list of IR books at Stanford:  

Link to classic IR texts

Finding Articles

  • best resource ACM Digital Library & Guide to Computing Literature -- ELECTRONIC Two separate products from the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery). The Digital Library includes abstracts, reviews, and the full-text of articles published in ACM periodicals and proceedings since 1985. The Guide to Computing Literature has abstracts-only of non-ACM computing literature and (through SFX) often links to full-text. Covers many computing-oriented information science topics.
  • InfoSci Journals -- ELECTRONIC A full-text collection of peer-reviewed journals focused on specialized topics in advanced technology research as well as the organizational, managerial, behavioral, and social implications of technology.
  • Lecture Notes in Computer Science -- ELECTRONIC Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) publishes hundreds of conference proceedings every year with new developments in computer science and information technology research. Includes the series in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) and Bioinformatics (LNBI). If a proceeding is not in ACM, then it's here in LNCS. Content goes back to 1973.
  • ScienceDirect -- ELECTRONIC A deep and diverse collection of journals from publishing giant Elsevier, includes many computing titles.
  • Web of Science --ELECTRONIC This abstract-only source covers high impact information science journals as well as all other academic topics. Through its citation tracking, ranking and sorting features you can quickly identify seminal papers of interest and, through SFX links, find full-text. Try the various "analyze" features. A *must* for serious researchers.

Recommended Journals

Proceedings & Dissertations

  • Research presented at conferences is often more cutting edge than what gets published in journals. This is especially the case in the computer science field. Find information retrieval conference proceedings in LNCS, ACM Digital Library and also in the multidisciplinary Papers First - a world-wide index to papers of conferences and meetings received at the British Library. Other finding aides include an index to the full meetings themselves Proceedings First or the global library catalog WorldCat that can help verify details before ordering hard-to-find items through the Library link to Borrow from Other Libraries for inter-library loan. See detailed list of major conferences in IR below.
  • Proquest Dissertations & Theses The most comprehensive source for student theses. Dissertations from 1980 forward have 350-word abstracts. Citations for master's theses from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. All titles published since 1997 are available in in PDF format and have 24 page previews available. Drexel dissertations are available in full text from 1997. Other dissertations and theses are available for online purchase.

Encyclopedias, Reference & Other

Research Centers, Conferences & Associations

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