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Christina's LIS Rant
Friday, July 07, 2006
  Why "visual search"
BTW most excellent issue of Online this time kudos to Marydee

I was browsing the new issue (July/Aug 06, v30 n4) and ran across "Information Strategist: The Time Has Come for Visual Search" by George R. Plosker. My first complaint is in calling it "visual search". Plosker defines visual search as I've seen it from EBSCO: "the ability to review results graphically." In fact, it's not really search at all but presentation of results, right? Isn't there a better name? Or maybe it's visual search of the search results? Maybe it's visually browsing the search results? Ack.

I disagree with Plosker, too, that this is really the way to go. In fact, my most commonly returned cluster in Inspec is "United States" -- wha? Now, how is that helpful if you're searching for solder or radar or flutter?
 
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