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Automatic retrieval of biographical reference books

Journal of library automation [December 1968]

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Copyright (c) 1968 Information Science and Automation Division

Abstract: A description of one of the first projected attempts to automate a reference service, that of advising which biographical reference book to use. Two hundred and thirty-four biographical books were categorized as to type of subjects included and contents of the uniform entries they contain. A computer program which selects up to five books most likely to contain answers to biographical questions is described and its test results presented. An evaluation of the system and a discussion of ways to extend the scheme to other forms of reference work are given.


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Publication Year:1968
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Journal of library automation
Publication Info:Volume 1 Number 4
Issue:December 1968
Page(s):239-249
Publisher:Information Science and Automation Division
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
ISSN:0022-2240
Record Number:1977
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00