Retrieving Information from Library Networks Comparison Essay by LauraSue

Retrieving Information from Library Networks
Compares the retrieval of information about the keywords "APA 6th" by using three online catalogs: Merlin, the Barnes & Noble website and the eBay website.
# 153296 | 1,150 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 19, 2013 in Computer and Technology (Internet) , Education (General)

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This paper explains that, by using the keywords, "APA 6th", in the search engine of Merlin, the Barnes & Noble website and the eBay website, the surrogate record or the characteristics of the title, the author, and the subject will become known to the librarian. Next, the author relates how all three of these websites use subject tree indexing and search engine indexing. The paper concludes that the MERLIN site was the best because it is free and a book can be requested for reserve and picked up at the circulation desk of the specific library.

From the Paper:

"The purpose of a catalog, according to Charles Cutter, is that a catalog is suppose to assist in the finding of a book by either author, title or subject, to show what a given library has in its library catalog, and to assist in the right choice of what book by what edition. According to Lubetzky's work on the Paris Principles from the International Conference on Cataloging Principles in 1961 and the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records published in 1998, there are four main catalog functions. The catalog's one function that "differs from certain other retrieval tools in that it facilitates physically locating the information resource or the APA 6th on the shelves "not purchasing" it. The MERLIN may have shelf lists for its libraries which are the inventories or records of what is owned and there is a copy of every record arranged in order of shelf location and arrangement. However, online shelf lists like the Barnes and Noble and eBay websites are "arranged by classification notation regardless of format or other categorization." URL's or uniform resource locators such as http's in the online catalogs are the internet's specific address of the information resource. The MERLIN gives us lists of APA stylebooks from various authors, editions and publication dates."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Joudrey, Daniel N., Taylor, Arlene G. (2009) The Organization of Information: Third Edition. Westport: Libraries Unlimited.

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