Indexing and abstracting in theory and practice

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Library Association, 1991 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 328 pages
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Contents

Preface
1
information retrieval picture
2
The problem of retrieving pertinent items from a database
3
Indexing Principles
5
Effect of record length on retrievability
7
Example of item indexed from various points of view
9
Conceptual analysis translated into three controlled vocabularies
18
Indexing Practice
19
Hypothetical example of distribution of superconductor items under terms in a printed index
128
Scatter of items under index terms
131
Approaches Used in Indexing and Abstracting Services
138
Example of entries from Cumulated Index Medicus
140
Examples of entries from Medical Subject Headings
141
Examples from Medical Subject Headings tree structures
142
Sample entries from author index to Cumulated Index Medicus
143
Sample entries from the Applied Science and technology Index
144

The two indexing dimensions of a document
25
Information retrieval system represented as a matrix
31
Index form as used by the National Library of Medicine in 1989
33
Typical Mooers indexing form
35
Portion of a specialized vocabulary on digital computers
36
Section of microthesaurus of the Air Pollution Technical Information Center
37
Specimen entries from a published entry vocabulary
39
PreCoordinate Indexes
41
Entries for a SLIC index
43
Entries for an index based on systematic cycling Excerpta Medica model
45
Sample entries from a KWIC index
46
Sample entries from a KWOC index
49
Alternative format for a KWOC index
50
Specimen entries from the British technology Index
55
Farradanes system of relations
57
Consistency of Indexing
60
Terms AJ assigned to the same document by five different indexers
61
Possible factors affecting consistency of indexing
62
number of terms assigned
63
Effect of number of terms assigned on indexer consistency two indexers
64
Two approaches to indexing an article entitled When Bystanders Just Stand By
69
A Childrens Literature Course for Parents
70
Mentoring in Graduate Schools of Education
71
A New Tbolfor Reading Instruction
72
Quality of Indexing
74
Factors affecting the results of a search in a database
75
Example of important item missed by simple indexer omission
77
Factors that may affect the quality of indexing
79
Indexer consistency related to user interests
82
Types and Functions
86
Indicative abstract
88
Informative abstract
89
Example of a critical abstract
90
Structured abstract
91
Modular abstracts
92
Modular index entries
93
Comparison of miniabstract authors summary and abstracts from Chemical Abstracts and Biological Abstracts 9495
94
Writing the Abstract
97
Hints for abstractors
99
Abstracting principles published by the Defense Documentation Center 1968
102
Essentials of abstracting
105
Hypothetical results from a test of relevance predictability
106
Rules for abstractors that relate to retrievability characteristics of abstracts
112
Chapter 9 Evaluation Aspects
116
Growth of the science literature on AIDS
121
coverage by language 19821987
122
Scatter of the journal literature on AIDS
124
Plot of the scatter of the AIDS literature
125
Sample entries from the Engineering Index Monthly October 1986
145
Sample entries from author index to the Engineering Index
146
Sample entries from Library and Information Science Abstracts
147
Sample entries from the subject index to Library and Information Science Abstracts
148
Subject categories used by Biological Abstracts
150
Sample entries from Biological Abstracts
151
Sample entries from subject index to Biological Abstracts
152
Sample entries from subject index to Chemical Abstracts
153
Sample entries from keyword index to Chemical Abstracts
154
Sample entries from the formula index to Chemical Abstracts
155
Sample abstracts from Sociology of Education Abstracts
156
Sample of subject index entries from Sociology of Education Abstracts
157
Sample entries from an index of the type used in the Excerpta Medica series
158
Sample entries from the Current Technology Index
159
Sample PRECIS entries from the British Education Index
161
Sample entries from the Social Sciences Citation Index
162
Sample entry from the Permuterm Subject Index to the Social Sciences Citation Index
163
Sample page from Current Contents
164
Sample entries from the keyword index to Current Contents
165
Enhancing the Indexing
169
The EJC system of role indicators
174
Semantic infixes in the Western Reserve system
176
Role indicators of the Western Reserve system
177
Telegraphic abstract as recorded on tape
178
Precision devices create smaller classes recall devices
181
On the Indexing and Abstracting of Imaginative Works
182
Structure of the Pejtersen scheme for the indexing of fiction
188
Two possible synopses for The Story of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
189
Example of an entry from Masterplots 190191
190
Natural Language in Information Retrieval
193
Comparison of abstract and indexing using a controlled vocabulary
200
The pros and cons of free text versus controlled vocabulary
202
Example of entry in the TERM database
217
Automatic Indexing Automatic Abstracting and Related Procedures
219
The essential problems of information retrieval
220
Example of thesaurus entries derived by automatic methods
233
Citationreference linkages
234
Example of a Luhn autoabstract
237
Example of an extract produced by the ADAM automatic abstracting system
239
The Future of Indexing and Abstracting Services
247
Practice
248
Filtering levels in a paperless publishing environment
260
Indexing Exercises
261
Abstracting Exercises
276
Appendices
286
References
293
this topic is not dealt with in detail here because it is covered in
294
Index
314

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