University of Toronto: Faculty of InformationDue: Feb 22 (Sect 1), Feb 27 (Sect 2), 2010
INF 1325 - Winter 2010
Assignment 2: Cross Resource Search Strategy Development
Overview: Students select one topic from the list below, develop and describe a scenario for a client requesting information on the selected topic, and plan and execute a suitable search strategy using 2 different search services (e.g. Dialog, Factiva, Business Source Premier, FPinfomart.ca).
Part 1: Topic and Client Scenario
- Indicate which topic you have selected from the list below. You can modify the topic to make it more specific, if you wish.
- Assume that you are acting as an information intermediary for a client who needs information on the topic you selected and that you have conducted an interview to assess their needs. In one paragraph, describe your imaginary client and their needs, with reference to at least 5 of the parameters listed below. Try to develop a scenario that is both realistic and specific.
- what motivated their information need? (e.g. work task, personal issue, etc.)
- how are they planning to use the information? (e.g. to prepare an essay, to extract statistics, to get an overview, etc.)
- what is their level of knowledge on this topic?
- demographic characteristics of client: age, gender, profession, etc.
- what types (genres) of information and formats would be of use to them? (e.g. news items, articles, references or full text)
- are there any preferences with respect to how current the information is?
- are there any geographic or language preferences or restrictions?
- are there any source preferences? (i.e. local newspapers, authoritative journals, popular magazines, specific newspapers, etc.)
Part 2: Justification of Search Services Selected
- Indicate which 2 services you have chosen, and if relevant, the specific databases.
- Briefly explain why you have chosen each, with reference to the topic of the search and the client scenario.
Part 3: Search Strategies
- Briefly describe your search strategy in general: What key concepts and information characteristics were you seeking? Did you make use of a specific technique (e.g. building blocks, pearl growing, successive facets)? Why or why not?
- For each separate search you conducted, list your search commands, including system commands and search queries. In formulating commands, make thoughtful use of the command syntax available in that system, including Boolean operators, truncation and proximity operators. You do not need to include the system responses -- just your commands.
Part 4: Annotated Results
- Include a list of references in bibliographic format (not full text) of 10-12 items found that you believe would be highly relevant and useful to your client. Aim for a set of items that matches well your client's specific needs, and that provides good coverage of different aspects of the topic.
- For each item, include a brief annotation indicating its origin (i.e. source database), and why you included it.
List of Topics
- Use of internet tools in Haiti earthquake relief
- Major players in the e-book market
- 2008 Canadian listeriosis outbreak
- Video game play and youth violence