Introduction to Modern Information Retreival (Book Review)

This excerpt is taken from the College & Research Libraries (C&RL) journal, March 11, 2011 (vol 72, no. 2).

G.G. Chowdhury. Introduction to Modern Information Retrieval. 3rd ed. London: Facet, 2010. 508p. alk. paper, $90 (ISBN 9781555707156). LC2010-013746.

Introduction to Modern Information Retrieval by G.G. Chowdhury is designed for newcomers to the library profession who seek a broad overview of information retrieval (IR). In this third edition textbook, the majority of the content about concepts that drive IR technology remains the same as the previous edition with the addition of a few new concepts and technologies.

Because of the broad nature of IR, most of the chapters only address the basics of IR and do not delve into detail. However, there are some large topics that are surprisingly absent in this text, such as the Resource Description and Access (RDA) cataloging standards which have been in development since 2005 to update the AACR2 standards. Social network tools like social tagging and reviews are also not covered—to be fair, Facebook was briefly mentioned…

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on March 14, 2012, in Book Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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