Information Retrieval and Analysis Strategies: Spring 2012


Joan Weeks


Catholic University of America


Spring 2012


This course provides a solid grounding in the theory and practice of information storage and retrieval in the online environment. Special emphasis on the history of the online information industry, awareness of issues and trends in the provision of online services, types and structures of online databases, and basic search skills including the selection of an appropriate electronic source and construction of effective search strategy. The course illustrates search techniques using the internet and commercial databases, such as Dialog, Lexis, and Factiva. It explores electronic reference services and discusses the management of online search services.

Required Textbook:

Bell, Suzanne S. 2009. Librarian’s Guide to Online Searching. 2nd Ed.

Link to Syllabus:


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