Library Discovery Tools: A Case for Curiosity and Perseverance
3 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2017
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
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