OPAC Queries at a Medium-Sized Academic Library A Transaction Log Analysis

Moulaison, Heather L. (2008) OPAC Queries at a Medium-Sized Academic Library A Transaction Log Analysis. Library Resources and Technical Services, 54 (4). pp. 230-237. ISSN 0024-2527

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Patron queries at a four-year comprehensive college's online public access catalog were examined via transaction logs from March 2007. Three representative days were isolated for a more detailed examination of search characteristics. The results show that libranj users employed an average of one to three terms in a search, did not use Boolean operators, and made use of limits one-tenth of the time. Failed queries remained problematic, as afull one-third of searches resulted in zero hits. Implications and recominendationsf or improvements in the online public access catalog are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:This is a RoMEO green publisher
Uncontrolled Keywords:Transaction log analysis, Catalog display, Users, Academic libraries
Subjects:Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
ID Code:2
Deposited By: Dr. Heather Lea Moulaison
Deposited On:16 Jun 2009 19:21
Last Modified:30 May 2016 17:40

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