Telling the User What is Available - Announcement and Search,
DEFENCE RESEARCH INFORMATION CENTRE GLASGOW (SCOTLAND)
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This paper describes the various means by which an information service can make users aware of the documents which are available. Regular announcement of document holdings can be made using abstracts bulletins listing all recent acquisitions. Their usefulness is enhanced by subdivision into subject areas, the provision of printed indexes by subject, author etc, and production of cumulated indexes. Another form of regular announcement, providing more specific information, is the production of listings of reports in specific subject areas selective dissemination of information of interest to individuals or groups. The production of both types of announcement will be discussed. In addition to regular announcements of reports held, it is necessary to carry out searches of the document holdings in response to specific enquires. This can be done manually, for example using the indexes to abstracts bulletins or index cards using a semi-manual system such as optical coincidence cards or by using a computer-based system.
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