Essay on Library Catalogues

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A bibliography, or a list of works, is complied upon a common principle such as authorship, subject, or country of publication (Bopp & Smith, 1991). This assignment will explore a specific bibliography type: library catalogues. Library catalogues are lists of materials held in a library’s collection. Western Libraries catalogue and the University of Toronto Libraries catalogue will be examined in this assignment. The strengths and weakness of each catalogue will be presented and the value of the teen suicide collection will be commented on.
To judge the strength and weakness of each catalogue, authority, purpose, scope, and organization will be, as Katz suggests, considered (Katz, 1997). Each catalogue features a high degree of
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The usefulness of each catalogue to the teen suicide collection will be assessed by a trial search for catalogue items on this topic. Determined to be balanced and representative of the topic, the following search statement was entered into the advanced search feature of each catalogue: (teen* OR adolescen*) AND (suicide). The search was limited to items published in the past five years and in English.
Western Libraries catalogue was explored first. An immediate issue that arose was two different catalogue interfaces are featured, classic catalogue and summons catalogue. Somewhat confusing, the summons interface appears to be a Google centric interface while the classic appears to be a traditional catalogue interface. Two separate advanced searches were conducted in each interface. Exploring both interfaces revealed the summons interface required more work on the part of the searcher to narrow down and retrieve quality results. However, both are equally capable of retrieving good results. Initially, each search returned upwards of thousands of results. Both feature excellent search limiters. It was surprising to discover how flexible summons was and how many ways the search could be limited. Of particular note, the search could be limited to retrieve book reviews only. Doing so, the search

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