Databases and computerised information retrieval

Bibliography, recommended reading, for one chapter of the courses by Paul Nieuwenhuysen



Text retrieval systems for libraries: an overview.
VINE, 88, September 1992, pp. 3-8.


Text retrieval variations.

DBMS versus Text retrieval.

Main features of text retrieval systems.

Typical applications.


Appleton, Elaine L.

Smart document retrieval. (Cover story) (Information retrieval)
Datamation, January 15, 1992, pp. 20-23.

About Topic (Verity)


Armstrong, C.J., and Large, J.A. (Editors)

1. Database evaluation and selection.
In: Manual of online search strategies. Second edition. Armstrong, C.J., and Large, J.A. (Editors). Aldershot, Hants, England : Ashgate, 1992.


Asadi, S., and Jamali M., H.R.

Shifts in search engine development: a review of past, present and future trends in research on search engines. [online]
Webology, Vol. 1, No. 2, Article 6. Available from:


Ashford, John, and Willet, Peter

Text retrieval and document databases.
Studentlitteratur, Lund; Chartwell-Bratt, 1988.

1. Introduction.

3. Inside retrieval: how it works.

5. Applications: mostly text.

7. Text content and data structures.

14. What to look for in a system.

15. Sources of further information.


Burton, Paul F., and Petrie, J. Howard

Information management technology. A librarian's guide.
London : Chapman and Hall, 1991.

Chapter 4. Systems for information retrieval and data management.

4.1. Information retrieval systems.

4.2. Database management systems.

4.3. Graphical user interfaces and hypertext for information retrieval and database management.

4.4. Microcomputer assisted information retrieval and data communication.


Busch, Earlene

Search and retrieval. How to evaluate large text-retrieval systems. State of the art.
Byte, June 1992, pp. 271-276.


Chang, George, Healey, Marcus J., McHugh, James A.M., and Wang, Jason T.L.

Mining the World Wide Web. An information search approach.
Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Chapter 1. Keyword-based search engines, 18 pp.


Chowdhury, G. G., and Chowdhury, Sudatta

Information retrieval in digital libraries.
In: Introduction to digital libraries. London : Facet Publishing, 2003, 354 pp.


Chu, Heiting

Information representation and retrieval in the digital age.
ASIST Monograph Series. Medford : Information Today, 2003, 248 pp.

4. Language in information representation and retrieval

12. Artificial intelligence in information representation and retrieval


Clarkson, Mark A.

The Information Theater: "You've Never Seen Your Data Quite Like this Before"
Byte, November 1992, pp. 145-152.

Clarkson describes some of the recent work in data search, retrieval, visualization, and manipulation coming out of Xerox PARC. The Information Theater (a GUI) provides users with a number of impressive search techniques that employ natural language processing, user disambiguation, and data clustering to help searchers manage searches on huge full-text databases.


Cohen, Laura

Boolean searching on the Internet. [online]
University Libraries. University at Albany, USA.

A primer in Boolean logic

Boolean searching on the Internet


Evans, Ross

Beyond Boolean: relevance ranking, natural language and the new search paradigm.
In: 15th National Online Meeting. Proceedings. New York, May 1994. Medford, NJ : Learned Information. 1994. pp. 121‑128.


Fichter, Darlene, and Cervone, Frank

Documents, data, information retrieval, & XML.
Online, November/December 2000, pp. 30-36.


Flynn, Roger R.

An introduction to information science.
New York : Marcel Dekker.

Chapter 8. Fields, records, and files.

Chapter 10. The inverted file.

Chapter 11. Information retrieval systems.


Guinchat, Claire, and Menou, Michel

General introduction to the techniques of information and documentation work.
Paris : UNESCO, 1983.

Chapter 15 Evaluation of information storage and retrieval systems.



Main causes of failure


Hofstede, Marten

Het zoekboek voor het web.
Rijswijk : Elmar, 2001, 316 pp.

3. Het hoe van het zoeken


Hollis, Richard, and Brunelle, Bette S.

Developing a common user interface for information searching.
The Electronic Library, Vol. 13, No. 4, August 1995, pp. 283-286.


Huibers, Theo

Information retrieval systemen.
Informatie en informatiebeleid, zomer 1997, No. 2, pp. 54-58.


Jacso, Peter

Cross-database searching on the web with term mapping from multiple thesauri.
In: National Online Meeting. Proceedings 1999. Proceedings of the 20th National Online Meeting, New York, May 1999. Edited by Martha Williams. Medford, NJ : Information Today 1999. pp. 217-225.


Kemp, D. Alasdair

Computer-based knowledge retrieval.
London : Aslib, 1988. 399 pp. ISBN 0-85142-221-7

1. Introduction

2. Users

3. Data organization and retrieval software

4. Knowledge representation

6. Database management systems

7. Computer and communications hardware

8. User interfaces

9. Evaluation of systems and software

10. Controlled vocabularies for computer-based retrieval

11. Ideal systems


Large, Andrew, Tedd, Lucy A., and Hartley, R.J.

Language and information retrieval.
Chapter 4 of Information seeking in the online age: principles and practice. London : Bowker-Saur, 1999, 308 pp.

Language and meaning

Controlled vocabularies

Controlled vocabulary in retrieval

Problems with controlled vocabulary

The natural language alternative

Citations for representation and retrieval

Problems with proper names

Representing images for retrieval




Liddy, Elizabeth D.

Enhanced text retrieval using natural language processing.
Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science, April/May 1998, pp. 74-76.

Definition of NLP

Use of NLP in IR


Commercial use of NLP in IR


Luther, Judy, Kelly, Maureen, and Beagle, Donald

Visualize this (Visualization software may become a powerful new way to search or a footnote in technology history).
Library Journal, March 1, 2005, pp. 34-37.


Meadow, Charles T., Boyce, Bert R., and Kraft Donald H.

Text information retrieval systems. (Second edition)
Academic Press, 2000, 364 pp.

1.      Introduction

1.1.   What is information

1.2.   What is information retrieval

13. Search strategy

13.1. The nature of searching reconsidered

13.2. The nature of search strategy

13.3. Types of strategies

13.4. Tactics

13.5. Summary


Meadows, Jack

Understanding information.
Munchen : K.G. Saur, 2001, 112 pp.

5. Retrieval


Miller, Ron

Get the picture: visualizing the future of search.
Econtent, April 2004, pp. 30-35.


Neuhold, Erich, Niederee, Claudia, and Stewart, Avare

Context-driven access to personalized digital libraries.
In Proceedings of the International Conference on Digital Libraries 2004: knowledge creation, preservation, access, and management, ICDL 2004, in Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India, 24‑27 February 2004, Volume 1, 517 pp. New Delhi : TERI, The Energy and Resources Institute, 2004, ISBN 81-7993-029-7, pp. 452-461.


Norton, Melanie J.

Introductory concepts in information science.
Medford : ASIS Monograph Series, 2000, 127 pp.

4. Information retrieval


Notess, Greg R.

Present and future services for the digital library: searching, linking and meta tags.
In Proceedings of the International Conference on Digital Libraries 2004: knowledge creation, preservation, access, and management, ICDL 2004, in Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India, 24‑27 February 2004, Volume 1, 517 pp. New Delhi : TERI, The Energy and Resources Institute, 2004, ISBN 81-7993-029-7, pp. 235-238.


Oard, Douglas W.

Serving users in many languages. (Cross-language information retrieval for digital libraries.) [Online]
D-Lib Magazine, December 1997. Available from

Technical approaches

User needs

Worldwide initiatives

Setting the research agenda




Peters, Carol, and Icchi, Eugenio

Across languages, across cultures. (Issues in multilinguality and digital libraries.) [Online]
D-Lib Magazine, May 1997. Available from:


Pollitt, A.S.

Information storage and retrieval systems: origin, development and applications.
Chichester : Ellis Horwood Books in Information Technology, 1989. 175 p.

1. Recording knowledge.

2. Classifying and indexing.

3. Searching.

4. Building and searching a database.

7. Evaluation.


Proctor, Edward

Boolean operators and the naive end-user: moving to AND.
Online, July/August 2002, pp. 34-37.


Riesthuis, Gerhard

Vrije tekst en gecontroleerde vocabulaires.
Informatie Professional, Vol. 3, 1999, No. 3, pp. 26-28.


Robertson, S.E., and Hancock-Beaulieu, M.M.

On the evaluation of IR systems.
Information Processing and Management, Vol. 28, 1992, No. 4, pp. 457-466.

The paper highlight the ever increasing complexity in the evaluation of information retrieval systems which has arisen over the last decade. Relevance, cognition, user behavior, interaction, and a changing view of the boundaries of the system are considered to be contributory factors.


Rousseau, Ronald

De Boolese benadering bij geautomatiseerde gegevensopzoekingen: vooronderstellingen en kritiek.
Bibliotheek- en Archiefgids, Jg. 62, 1986, Nr. 1, pp. 67-73.


Salton, Gerard, and McGill, Michael J.

Introduction to modern information retrieval.
Auckland, ... : McGraw-Hill Book Company.

1. Information retrieval: an introduction.

2. Systems based on inverted files.


Salton, Gerard

Automatic text processing. The transformation, analysis, and retieval of information by computer.
Reading, Massachusetts : Addison-Wesley Publishing Company.

Chapter 8. Conventional text-retrieval systems.

8.1. Database management and information retrieval.


Salton, Gerard

The state of retrieval system evaluation.
Information Processing & Management, Vol. 28, No. 441-449.


Sieverts, Eric, Mastenbroek, Onno, en Grygierczyk, Natalia

Een uniform retrieval-systeem voor de universiteit Utrecht.
Informatie Professional, pp. 34-40.


Sparck Jones, Karen

The role of artificial intelligence in information retrieval.
Journal of the American Society of Information Science, Vol. 42, 1991, No. 8, pp. 558-565.


Potential role of artificial intelligence


Tenopir, Carol, and Soon Ro, Jung

Full text databases.
New York : Greenwood Press. New directions in information management, No. 21.

1. Introduction to full text databases.


Tenopir, Carol

Innovations in text retrieval software.
Library Journal, June 1, 1992, pp. 94-96.


Van Bremen, D.R.F., en Sicking, L.M.C.J.

Documentaire informatica. Wegwijzer naar geautomatiseerde verlening van literatuurdiensten.
Deventer : Van Loghum Slaterus, 1983. pp. 147-171.

Retrieval technieken



Links and roles


De citaten-index

De KWIC index

Automatische attendering of SDI

De technieken van information retrieval

Full-text retrieval

Retrieval op basis van wegingsfactoren

Gestructureerd zoeken

Verschillende methoden uit documentatie-oogpunt


van Putten, G.W. en Smedinga, R.

Van beschrijving naar inhoud.
(Mogelijkheden en beperkingen van Tekstmanagement Systemen.)
Open (Vaktijdschrift voor bibliothecarissen, literatuuronderzoekers en documentalisten), Vol. 23, 1991, Nr. 11, pp. 386‑388.


Veal, D.C.

Progress in documentation: Techniques of document management: a review of text retrieval and related technologies.
J. Doc., Vol. 57, No. 2, March 2001, pp. 192-217.


Visschedijk, Ankie, and Gibb, Forbes

Unconventional retrieval systems.
Online & CDROM Review, Vol. 17, No. 1, 1993, pp. 11-23.


Wardley, Paul

Using search engines: Searching questions.
Personal Computer World (UK), September 2006, pp. 46-48.


Wiley, Deborah Lynne

Beyond information retrieval.
Database, August/September 1998, pp. 19-22.

A moment in history

Advent of the web

Beyond searching

Collaborative filtering

Data extraction

Data visualization

Agent technology

Pattern recognition

Classification and clustering

Virtual communities

What does all this mean?


Woedstadt, Griet

Gebruikersinterfaces voor information retrieval: state-of -the-art.
Bibliotheek- & archiefgids, Vol. 72, 1996, No. 1, pp. 7-17.


Wondergem, Bernd, van Bommel, Patrick, en van der Weide, Theo

Information retrieval: een uitdagend onderzoeksgebied.
Informatie Professional, Vol. 3, 1999, No. 10, pp. 20-25.



Trends in het onderzoek



Zorn, peggy, Emanol, Mary, Marshall., Lucy, and Panek, Mary

Mining meets the web. (Finding needles in the haystack.)
Online, September/October 1999, pp. 16-28.