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An impact-based filtering approach for literature searches
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (2012)
  • Alvin Vista, University of Melbourne
Abstract
This paper aims to present an alternative and simple method to improve the filtering of search results so as to increase the efficiency of literaturesearches, particularly for individual researchers who have limited logistical resources. The method proposed here is scope restriction using an impact-based filter, made possible by the emergence of freely available citation databases in conjunction with new tools to access and process the data efficiently. Results from a simulated search are compared between a conventional date-ranged filtered search and an impact-based filtered search using Publish or Perish as the citation analysis software. The utility and practical implications of this approach are further discussed.

Keywords
  • Search strategies,
  • Online searching,
  • Information literacy,
  • Information skills,
  • Computer simulation,
  • Citation analysis,
  • Library research,
  • Library services,
  • Literature reviews,
  • Usability,
  • Electronic libraries,
  • Efficiency,
  • Computer system design
Publication Date
June, 2012
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0961000612448207
Citation Information
Alvin Vista. "An impact-based filtering approach for literature searches" Journal of Librarianship and Information Science Vol. 45 Iss. 4 (2012) p. 309 - 315 ISSN: 0961-0006
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alvin-vista/9/