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Discussion Questions

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Saved by Dominique Lowell
on September 28, 2008 at 12:15:39 am


Just some ideas to get Blackboard rolling...


How Can You Know What You Don’t Know When All You Know Is That You Don’t Know?

Best match assumes that “doubt, uncertainty, or suspicion of inadequacy” are not relevant.  “These, however, are the factors which prompt people to go to IR systems.” (p 64)

How then do we determine relevance?


Belkin stated in 1982 that “an effective ASK-based system must be interactive”.  (p 69)  How far have we come since then?  How much further can we go?

Belkin, N.J., Oddy, R.N. & Brooks, H.M. (1982), ASK for information retrieval: Part I . Journal of Documentation 38: 61-71


Obviously some of these theories have more application in certain library or information settings than others.  Do any of these theories resonate more with your personal or professional experience?

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