Monday, May 12, 2014

Dialog

Records

Bibliographic Citation
Title
Author
Date
Location
Summary/Abstract
Directory Gives information/description
Names/Addresses
Business types
Numeric Demographic
Fulltext Complete article

Producers provide information, in which Dialog then makes searchable and accessible within minutes.

Content is constantly updated.

More access points include title, keywords, date, author

Command space data

Begin (b) Put in desirable database File number
Select (s) Locate/display records
Type (t) Followed by format/ 6 title only
5 full record/records to display
3 bibliographic display
Logoff
Truncation *** Cuts down/typing synonyms Or -1 present
And – all
Not – eliminates
S s1 and s2 Selects sets 1 and 2


(n) non specific word order, requires proximity, include a number for number of intervening words

(w) specific word order between words, looks words up together in a phrase; truncation available

Stop words
Stop words aren’t indexed. They are replaced by proximity operators or enclosed in quotation marks.

Stop words are: of, and, an, by, for, from, the, to, with

An example using stop words would be:

slip? (2w) tongue which would locate “slip of the tongue” with ‘of the’ being the 2 intervening words between slip and tongue

Logical operators are and or not

Components of commands steps, files, set number

symbols = * + : /

Index
Abstract

Title

everything else in additional indexes

Limit = limit specific

Sort = sort by title/author/journal

Format

Additional indexes – company names, authors, explands

ST = state; CY = city; ZP = zipcode

Monday, May 5, 2014

Dialog Pocket Guide


http://support.dialog.com/searchaids/dialog/pocketguide/pktgde.pdf
Sections of interest:
• Basic search commands
• System features