Library Discovery Tools: A Case for Curiosity and Perseverance

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Cheri Rauser

SAFS Research and Consulting; Virtual Librarian Service

Date Written: February 2, 2015


Researchers traditionally use their brains as the discovery tool. Going to more than one source for information offers the ability to browse a unique collection without tripping over all the relevant but not quite right content that will be returned in a discovery tool or by browsing every shelf in a vast library. Instead of using a card catalog or paper index, we can now put in keywords and have the results returned on a screen. But the work is not over at the results level: we must still gauge actual relevance to our specific topic. Electronic discovery is not a magical fix. This is where the human brain, the ultimate discovery tool, is uniquely designed to get to the heart of the research.

Keywords: research methods, library science

Suggested Citation

Rauser, Cheri I., Library Discovery Tools: A Case for Curiosity and Perseverance (February 2, 2015). Available at SSRN:

Cheri I. Rauser (Contact Author)

SAFS Research and Consulting ( email )

New Westminster, British Columbia V3M 4L9

Virtual Librarian Service ( email )

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