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Information retrieval performance

~ The summary of search results is a list of resources (bibliography) on the topic you need to write an essay or prepare a research paper, presentation or lecture.


Information retrieval or (online) search is a process of looking for and finding relevant information. In the Czech language, for both the searching process and the search results, we use the same word – ‘rešerše‘ (from French recherché – to search, searching, research), which might be slightly confusing. In English, librarians often use the term ‘information retrieval’ to describe the search process (especially while using professional electronic resources, e.g. specialized databases) and the term ‘search results’ for the outcome.

To perform an information retrieval means to search through available information resources (library catalogues, professional electronic databases, webpages of universities, scientific societies, companies, etc.). Gathering and studying all relevant selected sources is essential for understanding up-to-date knowledge in the field and the topic of your research paper. Thanks to information retrieval you may organize general knowledge and starting points, and get inspired for your work.

I. Selection of relevant terms:

Select keywords for search process (terminology in English and preferably also in Czech).

II. Formulation of your search query

Use different types of search (basic, advanced, expert) and search tools such as Boolean operators, proximity operators, truncation, data masking.

III. Choice of  information resource

Select suitable subject-relevant library funds, databases, internet resources.

IV. Search in catalogues and databases

Enter keyword to search fields at the interface of the respective database or catalogue and do your search.

V. Results evaluation

Select relevant results (if the results don’t meet your quest, rephrase your search query and try again).

If you have searched in catalogues or databases which don’t contain full texts, data or facts, you only get a literature summary. Obtain the full texts differently.


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