Subject Approach to Information Retrieval with Special Reference to Bengali Documents: A Critical Study

Halder, Sambhu Nath. Subject Approach to Information Retrieval with Special Reference to Bengali Documents: A Critical Study. Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal), 2020, vol. 4118, pp. 1-12. [Journal article (Unpaginated)]


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The library provides its services to satisfy the user’s approach. This study is done to assess users’ attitudes towards the retrieval of the Bengali document in OPAC through subject headings. It also traces users’ perceptions regarding subject access highlighting the problems in the retrieval of Bengali documents by subject in OPACs. It can be inferred that some features are required to be incorporated to improve the functionality of the OPACs and thereby to satisfy users’ requirements. Results revealed that search experience using subject headings is not satisfactory. Keywords search rather performs better but due to redundancy of search, it is hard to retrieve required documents in the least possible time. It is also revealed that fewer perform known-item searches and their success rates for these searches are generally good. Thus, the findings demand standard principles and rules for the construction of Bengali Subject Headings. As per the need of new-age users, an efficient OPAC search facility can be developed where there will be a chance for ranking information retrieval.

English abstract

Item type: Journal article (Unpaginated)
Keywords: Bengali Documents, Federated Search, Information Retrieval, OPAC, Subject Headings, User Study.
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AB. Information theory and library theory.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BI. User interfaces, usability.
C. Users, literacy and reading. > CA. Use studies.
I. Information treatment for information services > IC. Index languages, processes and schemes.
I. Information treatment for information services > IE. Data and metadata structures.
L. Information technology and library technology > LM. Automatic text retrieval.
L. Information technology and library technology > LR. OPAC systems.
Depositing user: Dr. Sambhu Nath Halder
Date deposited: 15 Sep 2021 15:07
Last modified: 15 Sep 2021 15:07


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