Introduction to Modern Information Retrieval, Third Edition

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The recently revised third edition of this highly regarded text blends traditional theories, techniques and tools with coverage of cutting-edge advancements and sophisticated new technologies in information retrieval (IR).


Unique in its scope, author G.G. Chowdhury’s exhaustive guide spans the whole spectrum of this rapidly expanding field, including:

• database technology
• bibliographic formats
• cataloging and metadata
• subject analysis and representation
• automatic indexing and file organization
• vocabulary control
• abstracts and indexing
• searching and retrieval models
• user interfaces
• evaluation of IR user needs
• online database search services
• multimedia IR
• mark-up languages
• web and intelligent IR
• natural language processing systems
• IR in digital libraries

There is also a new, detailed chapter on citation indexing, along with insight on emerging trends in the field. Illustrated with many examples and extensively referenced, this is an indispensable tool for professionals and LIS students eager to broaden their skill sets and keep up with the latest developments in information storage and retrieval.

Read the Table of Contents and Chapter 1 of this book now!

G.G. Chowdhury

G.G. Chowdhury is a Professor of Information Science in the Department of Computer & Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. He has held several senior academic positions including as Professor and Head of Mathematics and Information Sciences, and as the Head of iSchool at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK; and as a Professor and Director of Information and Knowledge Management at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. Professor Chowdhury's research focuses on connecting people with information through technology. He is a leading expert in digital libraries, cultural information management and sustainable information systems and services. He has published 16 books and over 160 research papers. Professor Chowdhury has `been the European and Global Chair of the iSchools organization.

 "The full gamut of information is covered … The text will be of great use to information practitioners to review their IR knowledge, and bring it up-to-date in many areas."

--Australian Academic and Research Libraries  "Chowdhury provides a good understanding of where much of our current systems have come from … this book would be a good resource for a basic information retrieval course."--College and Research Libraries "For this third edition of a text for undergraduate and graduate students of library and information science, Chowdhury ... incorporates changes in the field since 2004 and provides a new chapter on citation indexing. The book is written from a relatively non-technical perspective, covering the spectrum of information storage and retrieval in a way that's relevant to an international readership." --SciTech Book News